Master of the Medieval Murder Mystery
Welcome to the website of novelist Michael Jecks, known as the master of the medieval murder mystery.
On the left you will find links to all the interesting bits - about me and my writing and the period in which most of it is set. You will always find information here about my latest Knights Templar mysteries, about some new ventures, and about collaborations with my fellow Medieval Murderers, too.
I hope you'll want to visit my site often, and find out all my latest news - but if you want to be even more up to date, have a look at the column on the right, which links to some of the other places you can find me - on Facebook, on Twitter, even mailed to your inbox...
My absolute latest title is something a bit unexpected, in a number of ways. For a start, it's a contemporary thriller - Lee Child called it "an instant classic British spy novel", which is praise indeed. Then, it's set in Alaska, home of the Scavengers - a Security Service department responsible for quickly and quietly cleaning up the mess other agents leave behind! Finally, it's available exclusively as an e-book, for the time being at least!
Want to know more? Read the full story here!
But I haven't abandoned Simon and Baldwin: for my latest hardback book, City of Fiends, I've returned to Exeter. This was a terrible time for the Cathedral. Just as the King was forced from his throne, and the realm was thrown into turmoil, Bishop Walter was murdered in London. After a little while, Bishop James was brought to the See, but he suddenly died - and I have shown how.
But the story revolves around four families in a small lane in Exeter: One a rich merchant's family with pretensions to nobility, a widow with her two boys fighting to earn a living, another family who were on their way up, and another which was content with their lot. All are content with their lives, apparently, until a maidservant from the merchant's family is discovered, murdered horribly and left in an alley.
And from that moment, nothing can ever be the same again for any of the families...
I have news on another front, too, with two collections that bring together all of my short stories. Now you don't have to seek out the anthologies where they first appeared, you can just download and start reading straight away! Whether you're looking for tales of Simon and Baldwin, or want to range through history - and the present day! - you'll find out how on the Short Stories page!
The 14th century is a great time for a novelist to write about, just because it was not a great time to live. I have plenty to say about this subject elsewhere! And things didn't get any better with the unpredictable background of civil unrest surrounding the deposition of King Edward II. Sir Baldwin de Furnshill and Simon Puttock are drawn into forward into a new and uncharted future, as the troubled reign of Edward II draws to a close and the era of Edward III begins.
Keep a close eye on my Events pages, too: I've haven't been travelling as much this year as previously, but this is the place to find out where I am, and I hope that if I am ever in your neighbourhood, you will come and say hello! Whether I'm talking about my own books, chatting about the middle ages with my friends The Medieval Murderers, or even dancing with Tinners' Morris: it's all on the Events page!
And you can . I do read everything I receive but I can't guarantee a reply because of my workload. Please send your comments on the website as it's meant to be useful and fun for you as well as me!
Alternatively, and for business enquiries, you can contact me via my agent, Eddie Bell
The Bell Lomax Moreton Agency
13/15 York Buildings
Tel: 0207 930 4447
Fax: 0207 925 0118
Keep in touch!
If you'd like to keep ahead of my news, use the sign-up box below to register for the letter which is posted to subscribers (without the pictures!). I'm intending to maintain the newsletter at the rate of at least one per quarter, so if you want to know what I'm up to, what is new in the world of medieval murdering, and how my dogs are surviving life with a novelist, please sign up! In the meanwhile, have a look at my most recent newsletter.
For those who're interested, you can find me at various places on-line:
I've started a new blog where you can read my Writerly Witterings at Wordpress.com. Then there's my Facebook page - take a squint! I've discovered that there's also a site devoted to me for fans, designed and run by fans, and a 'celeb' page, whatever that means! More details on Facebook, if you're interested. If you prefer Twitter, you'll find me there too, as @MichaelJecks (or scroll down this column for instant updates).
Here's a preview of the pictures I've posted recently on Flickr: click this link to see all my pictures, or click one of the little pictures to go direct to that photo! I'm still posting photos in my diary here on this site - and I'm also taking the opportunity to chat about various topics.
"Michael Jecks paints a realistic portrait ... the detail of how life was lived from the highest to the lowest in this alien and frightening landscape is marvellously portrayed."
"The most wickedly plotted medieval mystery novels"
"Jecks succeeds in writing both a book which smells of the Middle Ages and yet is a detective story. No mean feat!"
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Last update: 2nd December 2012