Friday, 29 January 2010

Review:- Michael JECKS – “The Bishop Must Die”

Year Published: - 2009
Where the book was from:- Pensby Library
ISBN: - 978 0 7553 4420 8
Pages: - 404pp
Genre: - Historical mystery
Location:- Exeter and London (and N France) - 1326
How I came across it: - On the new books shelf
Rating: - ***** ***
One sentence summary:- Continuing the sage of ex-bailiff Simon Puttock and Keeper of the King’s Peace, sir Baldwin de Furnshill as they become embroiled in fighting plots to kill the Bishop of Exeter.

Describe the plot without giving anything away:- Queen Isabella is immured in Farnce, refusing to return to Edward II and flaunting her relationship with Roger Mortimer. Meanwhile the country is getting more than fed up with the parasitic Hugh le Despencer and the money-grabbing activities of the Bishop of Exeter. Ome folk decide to take the matter into their own hands and seek to kill the Bishop who turns to Baldwin and Simon for help.

General comments:- As enjoyable as his previous novels about 14th Century Exeter and the activities of that era.

AUTHOR Notes:- See The Malice of Unnatural Death

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