Baker & Taylor
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.HARPERCOLL
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.