Belladonna at Belstone

Author:   Michael Jecks
Publisher:   Headline Publishing Group
ISBN:  

9780747263616


Pages:   352
Publication Date:   01 June 2000
Format:   Paperback
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Belladonna at Belstone


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It's 1321 and Lady Elizabeth of Topsham, prioress of St Mary's, is fighting to retain her position in the face of an accusation from Sister Margherita, the treasurer, that she has given much-needed funds to the new vicar, a man she often sees alone - at night. Many of the nuns are convinced that Margherita would make a better prioress - especially now a young nun has been found murdered on her sickbed. Sir Baldwin Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace and his old friend Bailiff Simon Puttock are summoned to investigate and when a second nun is murdered, they find themselves facing their most difficult case yet.

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Author:   Michael Jecks
Publisher:   Headline Publishing Group
Imprint:   Headline Book Publishing
Dimensions:   Width: 11.00cm , Height: 2.50cm , Length: 17.80cm
Weight:   0.180kg
ISBN:  

9780747263616


ISBN 10:   0747263612
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   01 June 2000
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
Limited stock is available. It will be ordered for you and shipped pending supplier's limited stock.

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'Jecks draws his characters with a craftsman's hand, evokes atmosphere with the touch of an old master and keeps you wriggling on the hook of suspense as skilfully as Christie at her best. Enjoyable to the very end' -- NORTHERN ECHO 'Wickedly exciting' -- NEWCASTLE EVENING CHRONICLE 'A compelling mystery book and one to cherish' -- CRIME TIME


'Jecks draws his characters with a craftsman's hand, evokes atmosphere with the touch of an old master and keeps you wriggling on the hook of suspense as skilfully as Christie at her best. Enjoyable to the very end' -- NORTHERN ECHO 'Wickedly exciting' -- NEWCASTLE EVENING CHRONICLE 'A compelling mystery book and one to cherish' -- CRIME TIME


Things are not going well at the Priory of St. Marys at Belstone, an establishment endowed by Sir Rodney and headed by Prioress Lady Elizabeth. The 14th-century Priory is shared, in a series of separate buildings, by priests and nunsnot an unusual arrangement, but one endangered by the scant funding thats forced the Prioress to allow the place to fall into ruin. Priory treasurer Margharita has complained about Elizabeths stewardship to Bishop Bertrand, whos asked Sir Baldwin de Ferrishill, once a Knight Templar, to investigate. With his old friend Bailiff Simon Puttock and his faithful servant Hugh, he arrives at the Priory to find novice Moll in the infirmarydeadmurdered, according to Godfrey, the Priorys nearest thing to a doctor. There follows the death of Katerine, a novice whose fall from a slate roof has injured Sir Baldwin and put him in the infirmary, run by able Constance and home to the Priorys oldest nun Joan, now all but retired. Fighting to retain her post, Elizabeth uncovers the sins of Margharita, reveals sundry romantic entanglements, and, inevitably, nabs a killer. Jecks manages to make interesting his oddball throng of characters; a clutch of forbidden alliances; some vigorous plot developments; and the eras background and historya commendable achievement this first hardcover in a seven-book series. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Website:   http://www.michaeljecks.co.uk

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.

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Author Website:   http://www.michaeljecks.co.uk

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