A Plague of Poison (Templar Knight Mystery #3)
New in the “terrific”( NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR JAYNE ANN KRENTZ) Templar Knight mystery series.
When a cake kills a squire, the castle governor enlists the help of Templar Bascot de Marins. But as murder spreads beyond the castle walls, he wonders if it is in fact the work of a lethal master of poisons.
Spring 1201 finds our hero Templer Knight Bascot de Marins in Lincoln Castle amid much soul searching. King John has offered to restore Bascot's father's land and an income if he will leave the Templer order and sign on permanently to the Castilian Nichola de le Haye in Lincoln Castle. Bascot, who has been recovering from 7 years of imprisonment while on Crusade is trying to overcome the physical injuries of losing an eye and a badly damaged ankle, but he also slowly rec ...more
Templar Knight Bascot de Marins is recovering in the castle at Lincoln after eight years captivity and torture in the Holy Lands. Someone has poisoned a scribe of the castle and the family of a merchant in the town. The poison is traced to a high-grade honey and the poisonings were deliberate. It is also realized that the victims where not those intended. The first victim was t ...more
There were a handful of chapters written from the murder's point of view and I felt like that really did a lot to advance the story without giving anything ...more
However! I had sneaked a peek at the ending (a grievous fault of mine but I am afraid I am unregenerate) and, despite knowing then the name of him what dunnit - I still was kept guessing right to the end - so a brilliant success by MA all round!
I picked this book up because I love mysteries and I enjoyed the first 2 books in this series. I like the interaction of the characters and the setting. I am not as crazy about how Ash unfolds the mystery as you never have enough information to solve the mystery. You do not even know everything the main characters know and learn. I'll have to see if this annoys m ...more
With this third book, the author has still failed to achieve the potential of the first book and leaves me wishing for a book more memorable, instead of just another average medieval mystery.
The first hundred odd pages of the book are very good then the story started to sag.
If you are interested in historical murder mysteries then you may find this book worth reading.