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Murder for Christ's Mass (Templar Knight Mystery #4)

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The town of Lincoln is covered in snow-concealing the mortal remains of a clerk who worked in the local mint. The only clue is a pristine coin stamped with the visage of King Stephen. But Templar Bascot de Marins soon discovers that the motive goes beyond money-and beyond mere murder.
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Published December 1st 2009 by Berkley Prime Crime (first published November 24th 2009)
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This fourth contribution in the Templar Knight series features the deductive skills of the one-eyed Bascot de Marins, returned to England after several years in captivity at the hands of the Saracens, now attended by his sidekick the mute but observant Italian boy Gianni. Set in Lincoln in the early years of the 13th century, this one occurs during the Christmas/New Years/Epiphsny holidays, with a betrothal ceremony planned for the sheriff's son to boot--this means we not only get the mystery to ...more
First Sentence: The stone quarry lay still and silent under the maelstrom of wind and raging clouds scudding in the skies above.

A body of a clerk for the local mint is found having been dumped in a mine. The only clue is a pristine coin from the reign of King Stephen. Castellan Nicolla de la Haye and her husband Sheriff Gerard Camville have asked templar Bascot de Marins, who has had prior success in uncovering murderers, solve this crime.

I do enjoy this series. Ash creates a very strong sense o
#4 Bascot de Marins "Templar Knight" mystery set in Lincoln, UK in 1201. Bascot, a Templar Knight recovering from several years of capture in the Middle East by serving as a household knight to Nicolaa de la Haye, castellan for the city of Lincoln, investigates a murder for her husband, Gerard Camville who is the Sheriff. A young apprentice who works at the mint is found stabbed in the heart on Christmas morning, although he has been dead a few days already.

Bascot's observant young assistant Gi
Not all mystery series are created equal, and I really like The Templar Knight series by Maureen Ash. If you are into historical fiction, you might enjoy these intriguing stories set in England, 1201 AD. Murder for Christ's Mass was an excellent read, and I am looking forward to the next!
Bascot de Marins is a character I will be following as long as Maureen Ash wants to write his story. He is spiritual and a defender of justice. Watching his mind work out the mystery of the murdered man and the interweaving of all of the information he discovers.
I love his relationship with his young servant, Gianni. How he nurtures and guides Gianni to follow his strengths so that when de Marins goes back to his Templar duties, Gianni won't be at a loss for a position in life.
Greed is prevale
Rosalind Hoenig
This one was better than the last one. If I could give half stars u would give it 3.5. They are getting better but still a bit verbose.
Joyce McKune
another interesting mystery. loved how it describes life at that time.
Lynn Moore
I've been enjoying this series by Maureen Ash.
Deborah Pickstone
Am getting a bit annoyed with Bascot's dithering! Otherwise the usual competent Medieval murder mystery!
Lisa Slater
I nice quick read and it kept my interest with the twist and turns. I look forward to reading the other books in the series.
Solid bit of historical murder mystery--nothing flashy, but entertaining.
Good to read on a warm day, as it really does take place during the Christmas holiday season.
Our Templar hero is not quite as engaging as Brother Cadfael, but the series should appeal to fans of Ellis Peters' books.
Monica Davis
The 4th of the series of the Templar Knight Mysteries. The best of the lot so far, I would give this 4.5 stars. The writing is more polished, the characters are deeper, the storyline is tighter and richer, with an added sub-story of human compassion. An enjoyable, quick read.
I enjoy this type of mystery. It took a while to get into, I think there are some series that are better written. This one did have quite a few twists & turns. Overall I enjoyed this and would recommend to fans of medieval type mysteries.
Good story, nice and twisty, with lots of very satisfying historical detail. The series is getting better. I hope Ash has lots more Templar books in store for us.
The few intriguing bits of information about money creation in the middle ages made this a slightly better story than the last couple.
fun read. will be interesting to see how the series moves forward from here.
#4 Still finding this series to be on the upswing.
Interesting if slightly predictable medieval mystery.
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Maureen Ash was born in London, England, and has had a lifelong interest in British medieval history. Visits to castle ruins and old churches have provided the inspiration for her novels. She enjoys Celtic music, browsing in bookstores and Belgian chocolate. Maureen now lives on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.
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