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Death of a Squire
Templar Knight Mysteries Book # 2

by Maureen Ash

      This is the second book about Bascot de Marins, the Templar knight who is convalescing in Lincoln after his eight years in captivity. Still in the service of Lady Nicolaa de la Haye, castellan of Lincoln Castle and wife of the sheriff, he is undecided about his future; should he return to his life as a crusader? While he ponders this, a case is given to him to solve, the murder of a young squire nobody seems to have a good word for. Did he really know secrets concerning people’s treasonous support of Prince Arthur of Brittany, or was his death for more domestic reasons?

Robin Hood gets turned on its head in this gripping tale where the hero works with the sheriff against some villainous outlaws, and people get excited about an impending visit from King John. It presents a more likely scenario than the much loved stories about everybody’s favorite outlaw, backed up by plenty of research, good descriptions of the castle and its environs, and some interesting characters. Expect the same cracking pace and attention to detail that made the first book, The Alehouse Murders, (also reviewed on this site) so enjoyable. This is the sort of book that reminds me why I started reading this type of fiction.

The Book

Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin Group US)
31 January 2008
0425219593 / 9780425219591
Historical Crime / 1200 / Lincoln, England
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2008
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