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Michael Jecks

Author of The Last Templar

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About the Author

Michael Jecks was born in Surrey, United Kingdom in 1960. He worked as a computer salesman for thirteen years before becoming a full-time author of medieval murder mysteries. His first book, The Last Templar, was published in 1994. Most of his books are either based on Dartmoor legends or on actual show more events recorded in Coroner's Rolls or the Crown Pleas of the Devon Eyre. He writes the Knights Templar series as well as The Medieval Murderers with Bernard Knight, Ian Morsen, Susannah Gregory, and Phillip Gooden. In 2007, his twenty-first novel, The Death Ship of Dartmouth was short-listed for the Theakston's Old Peculier prize for the best crime novel of the year. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Also writes as the Medieval Murderers with Ian Morson, Bernard Knight, Karen Maitland, Susanna Gregory, Philip Gooden and C.J. Sansom


Works by Michael Jecks

The Last Templar (1995) 704 copies, 24 reviews
The Merchant's Partner (1995) 405 copies, 5 reviews
A Moorland Hanging (1996) 321 copies, 5 reviews
The Crediton Killings (1997) 310 copies, 6 reviews
The Leper's Return (1998) 258 copies, 3 reviews
The Abbot's Gibbet (1998) 258 copies, 4 reviews
The Tainted Relic (2005) 248 copies, 6 reviews
Belladonna at Belstone (1999) 222 copies, 4 reviews
Squire Throwleigh's Heir (1999) 217 copies, 3 reviews
The Boy-Bishop's Glovemaker (2000) 203 copies, 2 reviews
The Sticklepath Strangler (2001) 199 copies, 2 reviews
The Tournament of Blood (2001) 190 copies, 1 review
The Mad Monk of Gidleigh (2002) 187 copies, 1 review
The Templar's Penance (2003) 180 copies, 2 reviews
The Devil's Acolyte (2002) 178 copies, 1 review
The Death Ship of Dartmouth (2006) 166 copies, 1 review
The Chapel of Bones (2004) 166 copies, 2 reviews
The Tolls of Death (2004) 166 copies, 1 review
The Traitor of St Giles (2000) 164 copies, 3 reviews
The Butcher of St Peter's (2005) 155 copies, 1 review
The Outlaws of Ennor (2004) 154 copies, 1 review
A Friar's Bloodfeud (2006) 151 copies, 1 review
The Templar, the Queen and Her Lover (2007) 143 copies, 1 review
The Malice of Unnatural Death (2006) 140 copies, 2 reviews
The Prophecy of Death (2008) 137 copies, 2 reviews
Dispensation of Death (2007) 133 copies, 1 review
The King of Thieves (2008) 115 copies, 2 reviews
No Law in the Land (2009) 110 copies, 3 reviews
The Oath (2010) 107 copies, 3 reviews
The Bishop Must Die (2009) 93 copies, 2 reviews
King's Gold (2011) 90 copies, 2 reviews
City of Fiends (2012) 62 copies, 1 review
Templar's Acre (2013) 47 copies, 2 reviews
Fields of Glory (2014) 44 copies, 2 reviews
Rebellion's Message (2016) 28 copies, 3 reviews
Blood on the Sand (2015) 26 copies, 1 review
For the Love of Old Bones and Other Stories (2014) 21 copies, 5 reviews
Blood of the Innocents (2016) 18 copies, 1 review
A Murder Too Soon (2017) 16 copies, 3 reviews
Act of Vengeance (2012) 14 copies, 1 review
A Missed Murder (2018) 13 copies, 2 reviews
The Dead Don't Wait (2019) 12 copies, 3 reviews
Death Comes Hot (2020) 10 copies, 2 reviews
Pilgrim's War (2018) 9 copies
The Moorland Murderers (2021) 5 copies, 1 review
The Merchant Murderers (2022) 4 copies, 1 review
No One Can Hear You Scream (2016) 4 copies, 1 review
Portrait of a Murder (2023) 3 copies
Murdering the Messenger (2023) 3 copies, 1 review
The Special Theory [Short story] (2013) 2 copies, 1 review

Associated Works

Sword of Shame (2006) — Author — 147 copies, 3 reviews
The Mammoth Book of More Historical Whodunnits (2001) — Contributor — 147 copies, 1 review
The Lost Prophecies (2008) — Author — 142 copies, 6 reviews
The Best British Mysteries 2005 (2005) — Contributor — 133 copies, 3 reviews
House of Shadows (2007) — Author — 126 copies, 3 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Roman Whodunnits (2003) — Contributor — 126 copies, 3 reviews
King Arthur's Bones (2009) — Author — 117 copies, 6 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Jacobean Whodunnits (2006) — Contributor — 78 copies
Nevermore! Tales of Murder, Mystery and the Macabre (2015) — Contributor — 67 copies, 31 reviews
Murder Most Medieval: Noble Tales of Ignoble Demises (2000) — Contributor — 65 copies, 2 reviews
The Sacred Stone (2010) — Author — 62 copies, 1 review
The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries (2008) — Contributor — 62 copies, 1 review
The Deadliest Sin (2014) — Author — 36 copies, 1 review
The Sinking Admiral (2016) — Contributor — 31 copies, 3 reviews
Litmus: Short Stories from Modern Science (2011) — Contributor — 23 copies, 2 reviews
Motives for Murder (2016) 21 copies, 2 reviews
Murder Most Catholic: Divine Tales of Profane Crimes (2002) — Contributor — 21 copies
Green for Danger (2003) — Contributor — 16 copies
ID: Crimes of Identity (2006) — Contributor — 7 copies
Crime on the Move (2005) — Foreword — 4 copies
By the Sword: A HWA Short Story Collection (2020) — Contributor — 2 copies
Royal Blood: A HWA Short Story Collection (2020) — Contributor — 2 copies


Common Knowledge

England, UK
Surrey, England, UK
Places of residence
Devon, England, UK
Jane Conway-Gordon
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Also writes as the Medieval Murderers with Ian Morson, Bernard Knight, Karen Maitland, Susanna Gregory, Philip Gooden and C.J. Sansom



A knight on a secret mission, his dog, and a convicted felon all lie dead in the woods. But a lot of people seem to have been passing through the woods that night. So who killed whom?

Even with the list of dramatis personae at the front, it took me a while to get straight in my mind who all the minor characters were but it was an enjoyable read.
Robertgreaves | 2 other reviews | Jul 1, 2024 |
When a novice nun dies and the prioress is accused of her murder by the nunnery's treasurer in a letter to the suffragan bishop, he asks Keeper of the Peace Sir Baldwin Furnshill and Warden Simon Puttock to investigate discreetly. But why, when the nunnery does not fall in either of them's jurisdiction?

A good fun easy read. So glad I live in an age of anaesthetics and antibiotics.
Robertgreaves | 3 other reviews | Jun 28, 2024 |
A painter and a murder!

Nick Morris is a portrait painter who seems to paint more cats than people. He’s driven his Morgan (I’m in love already!) up to Devon to do a water color of a house before it’s sold. It’s owner, Derek Swann has an AI business. The house is a Georgian place in the Peak District. Derek wants a painting of the property before the sale’s finalized. Nick’s banker mate got him the job.
(I feel even warmer towards Nick when it’s revealed he always takes his Aeropress to make his coffee. Snap, so do I.) I’m loving this guy twice over.
Anyway, things of course aren’t kosher, either at the house or in the town of Ashbourne nearby. Nick meets a varied group of people from Derek’s glamorous, yet guarded assistant, to a couple of bikers, and flamboyant woman Megan who’s staying in one of the holiday chalets he’s booked into. It’s when he’s walking with Megan that they discover the body of a young man. Now Nick’s unfortunately involved in another murder.
Nick does spend his time sketching everything as he walks around, people and places.
Ok, it seems to me that writing about an unlikely sleuth gives Michael Jecks a playful way to incorporate some of his own passions and foibles into the story. What fun!
I loved every word of this cosy mystery and now have to backtrack and read the previous title in this series.

A Severn House ARC via NetGalley.
Many thanks to the author and publisher.
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eyes.2c | Apr 1, 2024 |
Jack o’nine lives!

Jack, Jack, Jack! In between playing the gallant (in his own eyes more likely than not), escaping various complications he’s unwittingly set in motion, being a self confessed man of great appeal to the ladies, and the assassin for John Blount, (who works for Elizabeth) … well, there’s never a dull moment!
Jack more falls into situations than by any shrewd planning, and then has the devil’s own luck when pulling his irons out of the fire.
He’s moved into a new neighbourhood to escape the dunning of the tavern keeper Pudge who had provided food and drink for a party Jack didn’t throw. More complications!
Attending church (as one did in those days of Mary Tudor’s reign) Jack spies a lovely lady, Rachael Nailor, and fortuitously she arranges to meet with him. Only it’s not his charm she’s drawn to, oh no! She works for Elizabeth and Jack has been ordered to accompany her on a trip to France. Now we know after his last adventures away from London, Jack doesn't want to leave his beloved city, ever!
He’s going, that is until the lovely Rachael is found with her throat slit in the vestry of the church she’d supposedly gone to meet Jack. More trouble for him!
Well it’s downhill from here on for our anti hero, until the fog clears and Jack ‘o’nine lives’ once more walks clear.
Another, almost nonsensical couple of weeks in the life of our comic anti hero Black Jack!

A Severn House ARC via NetGalley.
Many thanks to the author and publisher.
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eyes.2c | Sep 24, 2023 |



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