Michael Jecks is a writer of more than 20 medieval novels. This is his third installment in the Knight Templar Mystery series.
They had all joined taking three vows: poverty, chastity, and obedience...for they were monks: warrior monks, dedicated to the protection of pilgrims in the Holy Land-until stories spread by an avaricious king who wanted their wealth for his own destroyed the order. There was one knight, however, who escaped the stake, vowing justice as he watched his innocent brothers die.
Sir Baldwin Furnshill, and his friend Simon Puttock must find the man who killed a serf. While visiting one of the lords in a neighboring town a servant out on an errand returns screaming about a body that he found hanged in a tree. Sir Baldwin Furnshill, who is the keeper of the king's peace, must investigate the murder. Simon Puttock must investigate this as well because he was visiting the lord on an official obligation and now must also track down the murderer. Once at the scene Baldwin asks for the body of the man to be put on the ground and after a throughout look at the body Baldwin comes to the conclusion that the man was strangled before being hanged. This little detail Baldwin finds the most interesting because who would kill a man and then hang him. Once the corpse is brought back to the castle the lord realizes that the body is that of one of his field workers that had recently left him.
This report prepared by Eric Niemczyk