Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Shroud of Dishonour (Templar Knight Mystery, #5)” as Want to Read:
Shroud of Dishonour (Templar Knight Mystery, #5)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Shroud of Dishonour (Templar Knight Mystery #5)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  248 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Templar Bascot de Marins is preparing to rejoin the Holy Wars when he is called upon to investigate a gruesome murder in the Order's own chapel...

The shocking discovery of a strangled prostitute in the Templar chapel throws the Order into disarray. Alongside the corpse is a purse containing thirty pence-the same amount of silver Judas received for betraying Christ.

Is t
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published (first published September 11th 2010)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Susan in NC
This book was only ok for me; I read the first in the series ("Alehouse Murders") which I vaguely remembered as being historically accurate if rather slow-moving, but I liked the main characters and thought they had promise. Maybe I need to go back and read the series in order to appreciate it more, but in this book the slow pacing, dull dialogue and habit of every character to take a full paragraph of internal dialogue to explain their motivation (too much telling, not showing), plus an almost ...more
Nov 23, 2011 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The greatest strength of this series is the relationship between de Marins and Gianni. I really wish they had the opportunity to work together more often. But overall, these are great fun. Still loads of juicy historical details. I hope we can look forward to lots more in the series.
Mar 12, 2017 Emg rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Slow moving, turgid writing - vocabulary on display but that did nothing for the flow. Narrative and dialogue used same style except someone from the lower classes was speaking (it was jarring to see someone speaking of his "mate" (as in friend) which I believe didn't come into use in the sense until later in the Middle Ages.)
May 06, 2011 Eileen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder mystery and a Medieval setting, it doesn't get any better for me. I've read the first in this series and for some reason didn't get 2, 3, and 4 but jumped right to the 5th. I'll just have to catch up.

Bascot de Marins is a Templar Knight with the unique skills of being able to find killers. He is recently come back from 10 horrendous years as captive of the Muslims and healing from that captivity. Though he has lost an eye he is ready to rejoin the Holy Wars.

In this book someone is murder
Mar 06, 2011 Spuddie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#5 Bascot de Marins "Templar Knight" mystery set in 1194 Lincoln UK and surrounding area. When a local prostitute is murdered and stashed in a chest in the Templar's chapel, everyone is firstly aghast that someone could get into the enclave unobserved and commit such a heinous crime under the Templars noses, and also that anyone would want to. Bascot de Marins, set to leave Lincoln for Portugal in just a few days, is asked to undertake the investigation for the Templars, working with the Sheriff ...more
Bascot has moved back in to the Templar compound, Gianni is officially a scribe. Just before shipping out for Portugal along with some Templars from around the area, a womans body is found in the Templar chapel - a sacrilege for being a woman, a harlot, and a murder. Bascot works in tandem with the sheriff to find the killer. This time though his allegiance is to the Templars and might have secrets to keep within the Order. Another prostitute is killed this time with a Templar cross carved into ...more
Dec 30, 2015 Scot rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fifth in the series. Interesting, as a dead prostitute is found within the Knight Templar's compound, where women are forbidden, and Templar symbols are slashed into the body of another prostitute murdered shortly thereafter. In solving this mystery, we see the forces of the Sheriff and the state working in conjunction with our detective within the Order, and get insights as always in this series into everyday life across classes in this earlier time and place, but also in this case, the special ...more
Jan 09, 2012 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the strangled body of a young woman turns up in a Templar chapel in 13th-century Lincolnshire, Sir Bascot de Marins and the sheriff of Lincoln investigate. They begin to suspect that the murderer has a murderous aversion to both the Templars and to prostitutes. The investigation delays Sir Bascot from setting off on Crusade and alters the future course of his life. Interesting mainly for its medieval setting.
Lynne Tull
I am hooked on Bascot and the cast of characters in this series. At one time the writing seemed stilted like they were written by an inexperienced writer. The sentences were short and choppy. It didn't last long, but was curious to me. The only thing I don't like about reading a series: the author seems obligated to bring a new reader up to date. (Of course, when it has been a year since the last book came out, it's not a bad thing.) I am ready for the next book! Recommend!
May 04, 2011 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, adult
The ending leaves you with a feeling that there will be more books about the Templar knight detective. The series depicts a somewhat realistic view of the years around 1200, when the Church was the authority everywhere and the western world was mired in an awakening Dark Ages. Read the other ones first, but probably this will stand on its own.
Jayne Leake
Jan 12, 2013 Jayne Leake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this series as a result of being a big fan of Michael Jecks' Templar series. Maureen Ash's time frame is earlier but the basic premise is the same. Ex-Templar knight with side kick solves mysteries. But that doesn't make these books any less enjoyable for the historical mystery buff.
#5 in the series.

The plotting of the mysteries continues to be strong. Character development slowed somewhat in this book, which may have been a function of the series re-orientation which occurs in this book or an indication of things to come. One more currently published in the series.
Kathy Moberg
This mystery was not as good as the previous books in the series. The mystery did not seem particularly good. The boy, Gianni,was not included quite enough. He's such an interesting character. Bascot wasn't quite as compelling as usual, either. Hopefully the next one will be back on track!
Finally, this book lives up to the promise of the first one. The characters were more appealing and compelling, the mystery good and the history including the Templar Knights interesting.
Monica Davis
Feb 13, 2013 Monica Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book #5 of the Templar Knight Mysteries. The author is consistent in her ability to carry through a solid bit of intrigue wrapped in descriptive storytelling. Enjoyable, quick read.
Apr 22, 2015 A.M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this mystery series - it is so well-written. And #5 was an intriguing read! I was loath to put it down until finished -
Pleasant, readable, but not particularly memorable. The characters are basically modern people in mediaeval costumes.
Dec 10, 2011 patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shroud of Dishonor by Maureen Ash was a great read. I loved medieval mysteries. This one did not diappoint.
Jan 05, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The only complaint I have about this series is: Why always more than one dead person? Otherwise I love it
Pat Stringer
Jan 11, 2011 Pat Stringer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good quick read, plot moves along apace.
Katherine Thomas
The storyline is good and the authenticity of the period. However on the Kindle version the formatting was not so good.
Sep 24, 2016 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book OK, but it just didn't quite grab me. I will probably try another book in the series to see if the series grows on me.
Chris, RN
intriguing period piece. found out some facts that I hadn't known
Laura rated it it was amazing
Mar 27, 2011
Dec 16, 2010 orannia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, medieval
Four and a half stars.
nik rated it it was amazing
May 14, 2016
Rebecca rated it really liked it
Oct 04, 2014
Dalav rated it really liked it
Jan 10, 2017
Charlotte Graham
Charlotte Graham rated it liked it
Mar 29, 2016
Linda rated it really liked it
Sep 04, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Song of the Nightingale (Hawkenlye Mysteries #14)
  • A Death in the Venetian Quarter (Fools' Guild, #3)
  • The Widow's Tale (Sister Frevisse, #14)
  • The Angel of Death (Hugh Corbett, #4)
  • Fear in the Forest (Crowner John Mystery #7)
  • A Killing Season (Medieval Mystery, #8)
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.
More about Maureen Ash...

Other Books in the Series

Templar Knight Mystery (9 books)
  • The Alehouse Murders (Templar Knight Mystery, #1)
  • Death of a Squire (Templar Knight Mystery #2)
  • A Plague of Poison (Templar Knight Mystery #3)
  • Murder for Christ's Mass (Templar Knight Mystery #4)
  • A Deadly Penance (Templar Night Mystery #6)
  • The Canterbury Murders (Templar Knight Mystery, #7)
  • A Holy Vengeance (Templar Knight Mystery, #8)
  • Sins of Inheritance (Templar Knight Mystery, #9)

Share This Book