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"Jecks once again captures the spirit of the period with another exciting visit to 14th-century England."  —Publishers Weekly on The Bishop Must Die


"Once again, Jecks seamlessly blends fact and fiction." —Publishers Weekly on The Oath


“Jecks does a good job of evoking the brutal and tempestuous society of the period.”  —Publishers Weekly on The Prophecy of Death


"Jecks does a fine job of presenting the tension of mistrust and desire for security and survival in a world where loyalty has gone awry. King's Gold depicts real 14th-century life in all classes and dimensions." —The Historical Novels Review

About the Author

Michael Jecks gave up a career in the computer industry to concentrate on writing and the study of medieval history. A regular speaker at library and literary events, he is a past Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association. He lives with his wife, children and dogs in northern Dartmoor.

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Not Your Typical Furnshill/Puttock Adventure! Oct. 13 2011
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've been a BIG fan of Michael Jecks' 'Knights Templar' murder mysteries ever since I came across THE LAST TEMPLAR in 1995. As the years rolled by and succeeding tales starring Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Simon Puttock appeared, my admiration for Jecks' wonderful storytelling abilities and keen grasp of 14th Century life in England grew. Jecks simply is one hell of a murder mystery writer. Then Jecks began involving F&P in English politics and the focus of the stories began changing, which brings us to KING'S GOLD. This hefty - 517 pages - potboiler revolves around the now-imprisoned Edward II, deposed King of England. Sad to say, it reduces Furnshill and Puttock to co-starring roles.

KING'S GOLD follows Edward II - now known as Sir Edward of Caernarfon - as he is bundled from castle to castle. Supporters are plotting to free him; others are wanting to kill him. Still others such as the wealthy Bardi banking family are playing both sides. Edward, fearing for his life, asks Furnshill and Puttock to serve as bodyguards and the two reluctantly agree. As might be expected, there's lots of plotting, murder and mayhem involved.

On the plus side, Jecks once again does a marvelous job of recreating 14th Century England and presenting believable characters. In the past, I've loved how Jecks juggled various storylines and characters in his novels and eventually weaved all the threads together at the end. You have to pay attention when reading a Jecks novel! Furthermore, the developing friendship between Furnshill and Puttock and their various personal toils and travails have been a highpoint of the series.

Yet for much of KINGS GOLD, F&P, who aren't introduced into the story till page 67, are indeed reduced to bodyguard status and rather one-dimensional bodyguards at that. The Knights Templar novels now number over 30 and perhaps there's not much left to tell about Furnshill and Puttock. I hope that's not the case.

Toward story's end, Furnshill and Puttock, along with defending the deposed King, do some investigating of murders most foul and justice prevails.

I don't know where Jecks plans on taking the Knights Templar series but I hope he'll refocus on the Furnshill/Puttock relationship and their roles as agents of law and order and emphasize that dynamic. With all the political goings-on in recent Knights Templar novels, F&P have been reduced to bit players. They deserve better.

As for KING's GOLD: recommended with reservations.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Plot, Exciting History Feb. 24 2012
By Tom B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Michael Jecks continues his chronicle of the fall of Edward II through the experiences of the indomitable Sir Baldwin and Simon Puttock. Oddly, they are now on different sides in the battle for power, but still strive for the same ends. I read The Oath and King's Gold back to back and must say that both books were riveting. The intense historical period provides an exciting backdrop to the mysteries, without detracting from the sleuthing necessary to solve the crimes. Over the years, Jecks' characters seem to have developed lives of their own.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I Couldn't Wait So Got It From Amazon UK July 15 2011
By Bookaholic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't wait so obtained this title from Amazon UK. It was worth it but you are fortunate to get in now from Amazon USA.

"It has been at least five years since I was first introduced to this series by Michael Jecks. I soon found myself searching to find the early titles and have all to date. Why? The historical research is quite good, excellent if you will. Jecks' ability to then weave a great story into the history is better than most. It is truly remarkable that a writer could sustain a series set in in early 14th century England / France over so many titles. It is the lives of people in different "stations" and how they interact and live out those lives within a complex historical matrix. I should note that Jecks was originally published under Headline and is more recently published by Simon & Schuster, UK. More significantly I note that early titles keep reappearing in book stores so there is a call for this author and the series."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Well-paced mystery Jan. 12 2013
By Margaret - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Michael Jecks continues to write well-researched historical mysteries that move at a brisk pace. All of his familiar charcters return, with some nicely drawn additions. Political scheming, knights and peasants, murder and mayhem set against the backdrop of an often chaotic 14th century England. A good, engaging read!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
As Jam Packed as a Jack Bauer 24 Episodes Feb. 18 2013
By Neddy707 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
"Packed full of political plots and machinations. Artfully written with plot twists that surprise and, as always, make me appreciate the faults of the times we live in though there are many similarities.

This series just keeps getting better!"


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