A Moorland Hanging
Series: The Last Templar Mysteries
The death of a runaway could spark a revolt…
Devon, 1318. Peter Bruther, who works the land for his lord, Sir William Beauscyr, is fed up with his life of near-slavery, and has run away. Brutal punishments usually fall on the heads of runaways, but Bruther uses a legal loophole: on Dartmoor, tin miners enjoy special protection from prosecution. They are accountable only to the king. Brother swiftly sets himself up as a miner on the moors: safe… or so he thinks.
Beauscyr and his two feuding sons are furious to learn they have no legal claim on their wayward man, and demand justice from Bailiff Simon Puttock. They fear more runaways. But other miners resent Bruther’s appearance, too, and they do not want their profitable extortion and protection racket destabilised.
Before dissent can spread to other serfs working for Beauscyr, Bruther is found hanging from a tree. Simon, assisted by former Knight Templar Sir Baldwin Furnshill, finds himself investigating cold-blooded murder, and there is no shortage of suspects...
An action-packed historical mystery perfect for fans of Susanna Gregory, C. J. Sansom and Rory Clements.
Praise for Michael Jecks
‘Michael Jecks is a national treasure’ Scotland on Sunday
‘Marvellously portrayed’ C. J. Sansom
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Publication Date: 11th May 2020
Publication Date: 13th March 2023