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A Plague of Poison (Templar Knight Mystery #3)

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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.

ebook, 304 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published February 3rd 2009)
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Templer Knight Mystery #3

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
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#3 Bascot de Marins "Templar Knight" historical mystery set in 1201, Lincoln UK. Bascot, attempting to make a decision as to whether or not he should leave the Templars and accept King John's offer to have his father's lands restored to him and allow him to name an heir. He worries that his ward, Gianni, a ragamuffin that he rescued from a life of poverty on the streets, will end up back where he came from if he were to go back to his Templar brothers rather than leave the order and remain one o ...more
First Sentence: With the celebration of Eastertide at the end of March, a warm spring radiance had descended on Lincoln.

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
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oooh, these are getting better! Love the rich historical details. The characterizations, especially of de Marins and Gianni, are still excellent. Their relationship with each other is very heartwarming. Delightful!
Amy Bradley
This kept me guessing, with the poisoner's point of view interweaved with the main narrative. Somehow this felt slower than the last to read through, but I still enjoyed it.
Sep 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third in this series. It's been awhile since I read the earlier two, but I thought I'd catch up in this series of the one-eyed Templar Knight, returned from years of confinement in the Crusades and now solving murder mysteries in 1201, aided by his mute Italian boy sidekick Gianni, I am reminded that the author, Maureen Ash, does work in some vocabulary to broaden one's command of late medieval artifacts and architecture. The characters tend to be a bit flat, but the socio-cultural context is al ...more
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was by far my favourite in the series. Ash did a really good job of highlighting Bascot de Marins emotional flaws here, in a way that wasn't repetitive with his lapse in faith in Alehouse Murders. Gianni also saw a huge advancement in his character development through his assistance solving the murder, and his role in de Marins's future.

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
The third in the series sees Bascot dealing with the offer to inherit his father's lands if he resigns from the order, an idea he dislikes but feels he must do for Gianni. He is delaying until the sheriff returns to Lincoln to travel to London, but in the interim someone tries to poison Nicolaa killing a clerk in her place. Then a squire in service is poisoned the same way. Quickly thereafter a family in town dies the same way. Realizing great danger lurks he must work quickly to unmask the pois ...more
Deborah Pickstone
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is it about Medieval Mystery series'? I just read the fourth of Michael Jecks and he did the exact same thing: the murderer's thoughts are available to us, but not his identity. I don't like that construct, I find it sloppy.

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!
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-shelf, mystery
Who is poisoning villagers, castle folk, and Abby inhabitants? Will Bascot have to leave the Templers to secure the future of his ward?

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
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
This is only the 3rd book in this series, but the second to feature a hysterical female, the second to feature rape/attempted rape as a theme, and the second to feature a woman stricken to incoherence. Again, the main characters are not well-developed, and the author relies on "off stage" information to solve her mysteries. All of this, coupled with my distaste for Bascot de Marins, the boring Templar who can't wait to get back to killing infidels, leave me wishing these books starred Gianni ins ...more
When the castle scribe is poisoned, it causes great concern with the castle residents. But when a merchant family outside the castle walls is also poisoned, Bascot must find the murderer before widespread panic ensues.

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.
Fred Rauch
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ash has created in Bascot de Marins a likable "detective". He thinks things out, doesn't rush to judgment and truly cares for his ward, Giannne. He has enough flaws and baggage to make him real. His history is such that he sees/cares about others. The story and setting are great. I like the way it ended - setting up the poisoner to either run for it or poison himself. (NO spoiler alert here) All in all a good read.
Lynne Tull
Tedious and boring. I skimmed through most of it as there was much hashing and rehashing over the same thing. My mother used to read the end and go back and enjoy the book. However, I don't think I would have liked it any better. I am continuing this series because I like the characters and the stories before this one. Every story deserves a second chance.
Mar 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 13th century England, Templar Bascot de Marins is recovering from wounds suffered in the Crusades. When a poisoner starts using honey to eliminate his victims, Nicolaa, the local castellan, enlists his help to discover the murderer. An engaging cast of characters and reasonably good period detail, especially about medieval bee-keeping and honey-making.
Monica Davis
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in this well written series of historical mysteries. Familiar characters mix with new as the drama unfolds. The author seems to hone her style more with each book. Enjoyable and quick read.
Wilde Sky
A Templar Knight investigates a series of poisonings.

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.
Jun 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this and the following book in the series to give the series fair chance. Robotic? Yup, that's how I feel about the characters. I enjoy the description of life in 1200 or thereabouts but the author puts out murders in a mechanical way without feeling in my opinion.
K.B. Hallman
If we could do half stars, I'd give this 2.5. I liked it, but it was slow and dry. The characters seemed flat. The only time Bascot de Marins really came alive for me was in the last 20 pages of the book. The plot held together well.
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the mystery. Though I was able to figure out who the murderer was very quickly, it was a surprise as to the true identity.
Apr 30, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016, cozies
So this was my first time reading a historical murder mystery, and it was honestly the coolest thing? I'd definitely recommend it to all my history nerd friends out there.
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
Barb in Maryland
Another nice entry in this medieval mystery series.
An interesting mystery, with recurring characters I enjoy reading about.
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Joyce McKune
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Templar is asked to assist in finding out who is poising people.
Laura Rodd
This was a fun light read.
Jun 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most recent Knight Templar novel leaves de Marins with one year to solve a lot of murders.
Martha Valasek
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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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