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 latest book, Fields of Glory, is out now, and if you want to buy a hardback, for goodness sake put in an order early (especially if you're in the US). The print run for hardbacks is vanishingly small, sadly, and they will sell out very quickly.
This new book is a departure for me, as you will know if you have followed my career. I'm embarking on a trilogy of Hundred Years War books, based around the experiences of a vintaine of archers. Think of Band of Brothers, or All Quiet on the Western Front and you'll have the idea. This is a story of comradeship, trust and deceit. Friendships won, enemies won, and faith and heroism tested. I really liked it, and I only hope you do too.
Keep a close eye on my Events page, too: 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 something new: I am delighted to be part of the first AsparaWriting Festival, the first literary festival specifically designed for aspiring writers. Throughout the asparagus season (April - June), guest authors are offering workshops and talks - and I will be one of them!
If you are looking for something completely different from my usual mysteries, I can also offer you a contemporary thriller! Lee Child called it "an instant classic British spy novel", which is praise indeed. What's more, 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!
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.
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
Photograph of Michael Jecks © Rafi Romaya
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 am recording a series of YouTube videos about my books, my writing, my life, my locations, my characters - in short, everything to do with the Jecks works. I talk a little about the ideas lying behind the books, why I selected specific areas, why I chose the main story lines. In other videos I talk about the period, the historical context, and even daft things like my office and where and how I conduct my research. Do please take a look at the YouTube channel here and let me know what you think.
I've also started a 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 (judt click the icon on the right). I often use Twitter to tell you about updates elsewhere, too.
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!
"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: 25th July 2014