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No Law in the Land [Hardcover]

Michael Jecks

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June 11 2009
The new riveting novel from the West Country's medieval crime master Michael Jecks. King Edward II is furious when he learns that his wife Queen Isabella has defied him and remains in France with their son. As the unfortunate messengers of this unhappy news, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace, and his friend, bailiff Simon Puttock, are instantly dismissed from court. Returning to their homes in Devon, the pair are shocked to find that outlaws now hold sway in the land and the chaos escalates as the bodies of two clerics are found among a party of travellers...
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"Boasts an exciting, twisting plot."  —Publishers Weekly
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About the Author

Michael Jecks gave up a career in the computer industry to concentrate on writing and the study of medieval history, especially that of Devon and Cornwall. He lives with his family in northern Dartmoor. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I Have It Sept. 3 2009
By P. Schaum - Published on
No synopsis, just a readers impression. I couldn't believe that Jecks could do any better, but he has. Whether you are a Jecks fan or new to him, this title is most worth the read! If you have missed older titles, I would offer them up as historical (14th century) murder mystery at its best.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of grimness, not much plot April 29 2010
By M. Frampton - Published on
I have read the entire series and this is the first book that I considered not finishing. The plot is weak and the characters seem to be acting "out-of-character" with the rest of the series for no good reason. The Despenser is a bad guy. I got this several books ago. This book just seems to work too hard to make everything horrible for our lead characters to no purpose. Lots of messy storylines that never came together. Not up to Jecks normal standards.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bit scattered - but good Jan. 31 2010
By Max Power - Published on
I think this is only the second Jecks book I have read.
Few comments, I found it a little bit of a struggle trying to keep all the various characters/locations/plots together at times. It jumped around quite a bit and without any real familiarity (and reading it in stages over about a week) I struggled to keep everything straight a little at times.
Secondly, although it is described as a mystery there is precious little in it that is remotely mysterious. You pretty much know who does what and why most of the time.
Lastly, I don't know what Publisher's Weekly is talking about - the 'period language' is almost unnoticeable.
In all it is an interesting read for lovers of historical fiction and if you can keep all the threads properly intertwined you should enjoy it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great mystery by Jecks April 27 2012
By Michael S. Kraus - Published on
This novel is the twenty-seventh novel in Jeck's Knights Templar series. This series follows the exploits of Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and his companion bailiff Simon Puttock.

England is in turmoil. Sir Hugh le Dispenser, the King's special friend, has been gaining power and wealth by exploiting his position with the King. Sir Hugh and his supporters have run roughshod over the law as they take whatever they desire. The people of England tire of their lawlessness.

In this installment of the series, Sir Baldwin and Simon have returned from France. They risk the anger of the king by informing him that his wife, Isabella, has defied him by remaining in France with their son. Sir Hugh wishes to force Simon to do his bidding by having his daughter kidnapped and her husband arrested for treason.

When Baldwin and Simon return home, they become involved in the investigation of a mass murder. A large party of travelers has been slaughtered, and the silver they were escorting has been stolen. It soon becomes apparent that Dispenser's supporters are involved with this murder, and several more. And that they are also involved with Simon's daughter's kidnapping.

Can Sir Baldwin and Simon solve the mystery, and bring the guilty to justice? Can they rescue Simon's daughter? And can they avoid raising the ire of Sir Hugh le Dispenser?

I really enjoy Jeck's novels. Each one is a complete story. And there are plot elements which continue through several novels. The novels proceed in chronological order. This novel takes place in October and November of 1325. (spoiler alert: The evil Sir Hugh has only a year to live.)
5.0 out of 5 stars More Dastardly Deeds in Merrie Olde England! Nov. 29 2010
By Michael OConnor - Published on
How does Michael Jecks do it? Here we are 27 titles into the Knights Templar series and he's still cranking out crackerjack murder mysteries set in 14th Century England. I've read most of the books in the series but it's been a while since I've had a fix of Furnshill/Puttock. Starting in on NO LAW IN THE LAND, it wasn't long before Jecks had transported me back to Devon in 1325 just in time for some thoroughly nasty doings.

As with earlier books in the series, NO LAW IN THE LAND finds England in chaos, erratically ruled by Edward II, who has ongoing problems with the French and rebellious knights not to mention his wife. Edward's closest friend and advisor, the power-hungry Sir Hugh le Despenser, is ever scheming to enlarge his power and wealth. Against this backdrop of turmoil, murder most foul occurs when a band of travellers - men, women and children - are brutally slaughtered. The Furnshill/Puttock team is called upon to investigate, aided by Sir Richard de Welles, coroner of Lifton. As Furnshill and Puttock unravel the mystery, they realize there's more sinister elements at play involving Despenser, the outlaw knight Sir Robert de Traci and his psychotic son Basil, two less-than-pure monks vying for an abbacy and other assorted villains. Attempting to solve the attack on the travellers and subsequent murders, Puttock discovers his family has been targeted as part of Despenser's larger machinations. Jecks nicely juggles the various plot elements till the truth is finally revealed.

NO LAW IN THE LAND is wonderfully done, intricately plotted and filled with interesting - if often despicable - characters. He effortlessly immerses his readers in life in 14th Century England, a harsh existence yet one populated by honest and honorable men and women who are struggling to survive.

I enjoyed NO LAW IN THE LAND. Like the rest of the series, you have to pay attention as Jecks interweaves the various plotlines together to make a wonderfully puzzling medieval murder mystery. Recommended.

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