The Last Templar

The Last Templar

The First Knights Templar Mystery

Book - 2005
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The bailiff of Lydford Castle, Simon Puttock is summoned to the scene of a burned-out cottage and a corpse in the nearby village, and joins forces with the mysterious newcomer, Sir Baldwin Furnshill, who discovers that the victim had been dead prior to the fire, after a second fatal burning reveals that evil forces are at work in the area, in a mystery set against the backdrop of fourteenth-century England. Reprint.


The Knights Templar

They had all joined taking three vows: poverty, chastity, and obedience…for they were monks: warrior monks, dedicated to theprotection of pilgrims in the Holy Land -- until stories spread by anavaricious king who wanted their wealth for his own destroyed the order.

There was one knight, however, who escaped the stake, vowing justiceas he watched his innocent brothers die.

In the Service of the Lord

Simon Puttock has not been bailiff of Lydford Castle long in this year of 1316, when he is called to a nearby village to examine a burned-out cottage and the dead body within. But it is the newly arrived knight, Sir Baldwin Furnshill, who discerns the deceased was no victim of a tragic mishap; he was, in fact, murdered prior to the blaze. Simon would be well-served by accepting further assistance from this astute, though haunted and secretive stranger. For a second fatal burning indicates that some harsh evil has invaded this once-peaceful place, and its hunger has yet to be sated.

Publisher: New York : Avon Books, 2005
ISBN: 9780060763442
Branch Call Number: M JECKS
Characteristics: 374 p. ; 17 cm


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Sep 14, 2009

This book started out promisingly, with a murder taking place in an interesting setting, a small rural village of medieval England. But the story peters out after a few chapters, when the main character abandons the murder investigation to go chasing after some bandits, at length, in chapter after boring chapter of tracking footprints and musing about how bandits are evil.

Finally, the main character gets back to investigating the original murder, which wraps up very quickly with an unsatisfying solution, and then discovers an extremely predictable dark secret about another character, which I didn't care about anyway because the other character hadn't done much of anything for most of the book.

Overall, while this book had an interesting idea for the setting, the writing was dull and the plot was boring, so this wasn't a very worthwhile read.


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