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The authors talent here is unquestioned. Apr 03, Morgiana rated it it was amazing.

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Another good book from this author - I really enjoy this series. This was about an interesting murder can you say that a murder is interesting? LOL with a deep insight into the Templar Order's daily life. I really enjoyed the detailed historical descriptions, that's why this book was outstanding for me. Oct 21, Susan in NC rated it it was ok. This book was only ok for me; I read the first in the series "Alehouse Murders" which I vaguely remembered as being historically accurate if rather slow-moving, but I liked the main characters and thought they had promise.

Shroud of Dishonour (Templar Knight Mystery #5) by Maureen Ash

Maybe I need to go back and read the series in order to appreciate it more, but in this book the slow pacing, dull dialogue and habit of every character to take a full paragraph of internal dialogue to explain their motivation too much telling, not showing , plus an almost This book was only ok for me; I read the first in the series "Alehouse Murders" which I vaguely remembered as being historically accurate if rather slow-moving, but I liked the main characters and thought they had promise.

Maybe I need to go back and read the series in order to appreciate it more, but in this book the slow pacing, dull dialogue and habit of every character to take a full paragraph of internal dialogue to explain their motivation too much telling, not showing , plus an almost total lack of humor or human warmth made this one a real chore to finish.

I read a lot of historical mysteries, particularly medieval ones with religious sleuths like Sir Bascot, and expect the tone to be somewhat dark, serious and somber - life back then was often nasty, brutish and short as fans of the genre know! But despite finding Bascot as charming as ever along with Roget, his friend and captain of the town guard and thus the Watson to Bascot's Holmes , several of the characters were just too grim, humorless and one-dimensional.

Two bright spots were the interaction between Bascot and Roget, and Roget and Constance, a perfumerer in Lincoln who lives next door to one of the victims; her warmth and humor made the rest of the cast seem even more like cardboard cutouts by comparison. Granted, we're talking about murder here, which is of course serious business, but in other series I've enjoyed Frazer's Dame Frevisse, Alys Clare's Abbess Heloise, Doherty's Brother Athelstan, the incomparable Brother Cadfael there was a spark of humanity, warmth, spirituality, faith and optimism - the feeling that despite the terrible crime committed, life would go on, good would triumph.

I felt the motive and explanation, however, were WAY too complicated and involved and not really fair play; it seemed more like real life, I'll give the author that, in that it was a chance association followed by a chance meeting on the other side of the world that brought about the murders. But from a mystery reader point of view, it didn't seem fair in that we have no idea who this person is, no real clues given, until a very tenuous minor possible connection is spotted and put forth by Gianni, a young clerk and Bascot's former ward.

So, while I see that several readers have enjoyed this book and the rest of the series, I won't rush to pick up the rest of the series, as it is a little too slow for me and there are several other authors in this genre I'd rather read. View 2 comments. Nov 23, Mary rated it liked it. The greatest strength of this series is the relationship between de Marins and Gianni.

I really wish they had the opportunity to work together more often. But overall, these are great fun. Still loads of juicy historical details.

I hope we can look forward to lots more in the series. Jan 03, Laura Henderson rated it it was amazing. This book was full of details. I had to keep track of who is who. Good characters in this book.

Mar 12, Emg rated it did not like it. Slow moving, turgid writing - vocabulary on display but that did nothing for the flow. Narrative and dialogue used same style except someone from the lower classes was speaking it was jarring to see someone speaking of his "mate" as in friend which I believe didn't come into use in the sense until later in the Middle Ages.

May 06, Eileen rated it liked it. Murder mystery and a Medieval setting, it doesn't get any better for me. I've read the first in this series and for some reason didn't get 2, 3, and 4 but jumped right to the 5th.

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I'll just have to catch up. Bascot de Marins is a Templar Knight with the unique skills of being able to find killers. He is recently come back from 10 horrendous years as captive of the Muslims and healing from that captivity. Though he has lost an eye he is ready to rejoin the Holy Wars. In this book someone is Murder mystery and a Medieval setting, it doesn't get any better for me.

In this book someone is murdering prostitutes and implicating the Templars. He goes so far as to murder one inside the Templar chapel and leaves 30 pieces of silver with the body. It is de Marins job to find the killer and exonerate the Templars if at all possible. At the combined request of the Preceptor of the Templars in Lincoln, the Castellan of Lincoln, Nicolaa de la Haye, and her husband the Sheriff of Lincoln, de Marins and his friend Roget, Sheriff Camville's captain set off to learn who the killer is.

Of course all is not what it seems and the tangle of possible killers eventually gets figured out and Bascot is made a fortuitous offer. While I liked the book and will keep up with the series it is no where near the other Medieval Templar series I read by Michael Jecks. His breath of history is exquisite and I learn a lot about one of my favorite periods of history from him.

If you like Maureen Ash give Jecks a try. You won't be sorry. When a local prostitute is murdered and stashed in a chest in the Templar's chapel, everyone is firstly aghast that someone could get into the enclave unobserved and commit such a heinous crime under the Templars noses, and also that anyone would want to. Bascot de Marins, set to leave Lincoln for Portugal in just a few days, is asked to undertake the investigation for the Templars, working with the Sheriff 5 Bascot de Marins "Templar Knight" mystery set in Lincoln UK and surrounding area.

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Bascot de Marins, set to leave Lincoln for Portugal in just a few days, is asked to undertake the investigation for the Templars, working with the Sheriff on the secular side since the victim was a Lincoln citizen. A second body with the Templar sigil carved on the whore's belly confirms that there is a serial killer about with a grudge against the Templars--or perhaps it's one of the Templars themselves?

Bascot works with the Sheriff's men--whom he'd investigated earlier cases with when he was a retainer of castellan Nicolaa de la Haye before rejoining the Templars--and even a little help from Gianni, his former servant now training as a scribe in de la Haye's household.


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I enjoyed this entry in the series with the historical detail, although I still don't feel that Bascot is a fully developed character yet. Characterization seems to be this author's weakness, as well as a somewhat pedestrian writing style, and yet the books read quickly and tell an interesting story. Bascot has moved back in to the Templar compound, Gianni is officially a scribe. Just before shipping out for Portugal along with some Templars from around the area, a womans body is found in the Templar chapel - a sacrilege for being a woman, a harlot, and a murder.

Bascot works in tandem with the sheriff to find the killer. This time though his allegiance is to the Templars and might have secrets to keep within the Order. Another prostitute is killed this time with a Templar cross carved into Bascot has moved back in to the Templar compound, Gianni is officially a scribe.

Another prostitute is killed this time with a Templar cross carved into her belly. News of a Templar in Acre killing a man in a Holy Land brothel is thought to be the motive, but just won't come together as the real motive. On the personal front, this seemed to be a bridge between old life and new life so Gianni was involved somewhat but in a new role as an independent character. Dec 30, Scot rated it liked it. Fifth in the series. Interesting, as a dead prostitute is found within the Knight Templar's compound, where women are forbidden, and Templar symbols are slashed into the body of another prostitute murdered shortly thereafter.

In solving this mystery, we see the forces of the Sheriff and the state working in conjunction with our detective within the Order, and get insights as always in this series into everyday life across classes in this earlier time and place, but also in this case, the special Fifth in the series. In solving this mystery, we see the forces of the Sheriff and the state working in conjunction with our detective within the Order, and get insights as always in this series into everyday life across classes in this earlier time and place, but also in this case, the special legal conundrum this situation created, as the Templars were bound to protect their own from outside retribution.

Jan 09, Susan rated it liked it. When the strangled body of a young woman turns up in a Templar chapel in 13th-century Lincolnshire, Sir Bascot de Marins and the sheriff of Lincoln investigate. They begin to suspect that the murderer has a murderous aversion to both the Templars and to prostitutes. The investigation delays Sir Bascot from setting off on Crusade and alters the future course of his life.

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Interesting mainly for its medieval setting. Oct 28, Lynne Tull rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , mystery , medieval. I am hooked on Bascot and the cast of characters in this series. At one time the writing seemed stilted like they were written by an inexperienced writer. The sentences were short and choppy. It didn't last long, but was curious to me.

The only thing I don't like about reading a series: the author seems obligated to bring a new reader up to date. Of course, when it has been a year since the last book came out, it's not a bad thing. I am ready for the next book! May 04, Rita rated it really liked it Shelves: adult , mystery. The ending leaves you with a feeling that there will be more books about the Templar knight detective.

The series depicts a somewhat realistic view of the years around , when the Church was the authority everywhere and the western world was mired in an awakening Dark Ages.

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Read the other ones first, but probably this will stand on its own. Jan 12, Jayne Leake rated it really liked it. I started reading this series as a result of being a big fan of Michael Jecks' Templar series.