The Devil's Acolyte

The Devil s Acolyte Amidst the myth and folklore of Tavistock one tale above all others strikes fear into the hearts of the townspeople that of the murders on the Abbot s Way One cold winter many years ago a young aco

  • Title: The Devil's Acolyte
  • Author: Michael Jecks
  • ISBN: 9780747267256
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Paperback
  • Amidst the myth and folklore of Tavistock, one tale above all others strikes fear into the hearts of the townspeople that of the murders on the Abbot s Way One cold winter, many years ago, a young acolyte led a group of fellow novices in the theft of their abbot s wine store Later, consumed by guilt and fear of discovery, he was driven to commit still crimes As legAmidst the myth and folklore of Tavistock, one tale above all others strikes fear into the hearts of the townspeople that of the murders on the Abbot s Way One cold winter, many years ago, a young acolyte led a group of fellow novices in the theft of their abbot s wine store Later, consumed by guilt and fear of discovery, he was driven to commit still crimes As legend has it, the devil himself meted out his punishment, leading the acolyte and his cohorts to their deaths on the treacherous Devon moors Now, in the autumn of 1322, it looks as if history is repeating itself Abbot Robert has found his wine barrel empty, and a body has been discovered on the moors Furnshill and Puttock are called upon to investigate, but the case seems only to become increasingly complicated It soon becomes apparent that it s not just wine that s missing from the abbey and that the body on the moors isn t the last.

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    1. It’s the Fall of 1322 and Bailiff Simon Puttock and Sir Baldwin Furnshill are embarking on another case involving a series of murders on and around Dartmoor in Devon, England. The book is THE DEVIL’S ACOLYTE (ISBN 978-0747267256, paperback), number 13 in Jecks’ medieval mystery series. A tin miner is found murdered on Dartmoor after flashing money he should not have had. Who did it? The suspects are numerous. Another miner is murdered in Tavistock near his home. Who did it? Are Simon and B [...]

    2. This title was the thirteenth in the series, and I wanted to incorporate some of the lore and mystery of the moors, so I looked back at some of the ancient legends, and came upon Milbrosa and Tavistock Abbey. Anyone who has read a few of my books will know how fond I am of the abbey, and it seemed to me that the legend deserved being used as the basis of a book. It was thoroughly enjoyable, mainly because for this one I was able to wander for hours over the Abbot's Way down to the south of the m [...]

    3. So many colorful characters in this story, including numerous suspects implicated in more than one murder. These little towns keep Bailiff Simon Puttock busy, along with his friend and former Knight Templar, Sir Baldwin Furnshill. If you enjoy the Ellis Peters series of Brother Cadfael mysteries, you'll definitely enjoy this series!

    4. I get Michael Jeck's books sent to me from by my family in England, as I do not know if you can get them in the States. He does his research. The books are excellent--very well written. I like a good mystery, and these most certainly are!

    5. Love the twists and turns in these books. It's fascinating to read about the period of time and how the law worked.

    6. Finished reading " The Devil's Acolyte " the next novel in the Knight's Templar novel. It was pretty good. Every book has been enjoyable so far. Full of details and insight to the way people lived in the early 1300s.A body has been found on the moors after the Abbot's wine has been stolen. It seems as if superstition is rearing its head. It reminds people of a story about a man who stole wine from the abbot and the devil dragged him into the moors. Bailiff Simon Puttock of Lydford once again get [...]

    7. Although I'm a big fan of Jecks' Knights Templar series, The Devil's Acolyte failed to pull me in from the start. I did manage to loose myself in the story halfway through the book, but it was an effort to get there. Sir Baldwin had a lesser part to play in this book and I prefer it the other way around. I was constantly waiting for Baldwin's entry in the story, so I suppose that might be one reason this book was not as entertaining to me as the others. But the story itself also had less appeal. [...]

    8. In this continuing series of mystery novels set in Devon, England in the 1300's Simon feels like he is not appreciated by his boss. Through this we discover how little impact people had over their own lives and how something like this could devastate the family. Simon is wrong though, his boss just thought he was over-worked. Two people are killed and wine is stolen. Simon is supposed to find out who did it, with the help of his friend, Sir Baldwin. They do. The why is always the surprising thin [...]

    9. While the abbot is away, his storeroom is plundered and guests of the abbey are robbed. Bailiff Simon Puttock is so disturbed by events at home that he forgets his official hammer when attending the tin coinage at Tavistock. Then a poor tin miner is discovered murdered. Sir Baldwin Furnshill is called in by the Abbot to help resolve the murder. A good read of Medieval times in the vein of the Brother Cadfrael mysteries.

    10. You can count on Michael Jecks to produce an intricately plotted, well written, well researched medieval mystery. His characters are memorable, and it is interesting to see how the continuing characters develop from one book to the next. I will have to read the next one soon (will I ever catch up in this series?). I must say, tho, that this novel is especially bloody

    11. Michael Jecks' series gets better at this stage with every book. It's always a pleasure to watch a writer develop over the course of a career and, a third of the way through this series, his plots are getting tighter and his characters are more fluid and well-drawn.

    12. This was reminiscent of the Ellis Peters mysteries, as it takes place at a monastery in the south of England in the middle ages. Jecks does a good job of capturing the daily life of the abbey, the village and their inhabitants, and the mystery is serviceable, but this didn't grab me too much.

    13. Any fans of either history or mystery should check this series out. Full review at classicmystery.wordpress

    14. I have enjoyed all the books in this series, but I do find them a little tough to get into because of the 14th Century language used.

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