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    Michael Jecks

    Michael Jecks

    Crime writer, historian, panellist and speaker

    Author of the best selling Templar series of medieval murder stories. There are 32 titles, and now my publishers have two Hundred Years War books ready. Look out for FIELDS OF GLORY in June.

    Highlights of my career? Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association International Guest of Honour at Bloody Words 2014 in Toronto Grand Marshall of the first parade in 2014 Mardi Gras, New Orleans Having the Michael Jecks fountain pen designed with Conway Stewart Founding the Medieval Murderers

    Speaking all over the world from Anchorage to Bogota, Brescia to Seattle, Piacenza to Toronto.

    I blog, I write for papers, and I give talks and after-dinner speeches. You want a humorous talk? I may be your guy. For the rest, I walk a lot, cycle, take photos, paint badly and spend too much time on twitter and facebook. I'm an enthusiastic home brewer of wine and beer - and to scare the uninitiated, I am also a Morris dancer with Tinners' Morris.

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Harrogate and more

I have been booked for most of this year to go to the Harrogate History Festival, and I was really looking forward to it, but I’ve had to cancel. My event was to be on the 23rd, and that is the day of my mother’s funeral. Apologies to anyone who was hoping to see me there. Before … Continue reading

The Outlaws Of Ennor by Michael Jecks

Originally posted on In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel:
Come to the island of Ennor in the Scilly Isles in the summer of 1323. The perfect holiday spot. OK, the pirates who plague the surrounding waters are a bit of a problem. As is the local lord’s interpretation of the salvage laws – namely…

RIP Beryl Joan Jecks

A lovely, kind and generous lady passed away yesterday. She had been ill for several months, but she endured it bravely and with fortitude. She was a very special lady and is hugely missed by her husband and four sons, as well as the numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bye, mum. Beryl Jecks – 1929-2015

Book Corner: Fields of Glory by Michael Jecks

Originally posted on History… the interesting bits!:
“The year is 1346 and King Edward III is restless. Despite earlier victories his army has still not achieved a major breakthrough and the French crown remains intact. Determined to bring France under English rule and the French army to its knees he has regrouped and planned a…


Judging, Interviewing and Writing When I Can!

Another busy week flies past! First, I had to plan a new story. Not easy, this, because it is based on a period I know very little about, but after Monday and Tuesday sitting with my head immersed in books, the period came to life for me. I fancy I’ll have the main plot finished … Continue reading

10 Surefire Ways to Nail a First Draft

Source: 10 Surefire Ways to Nail a First Draft

The excellent Michael Chequer in his natural environment!

BBC and all that

Last week was another busy one. Plenty of writing and planning, but then I had to go up to London to discuss the next books. I am currently on a two book contract. The first of the pair is written and submitted: it’s the last of the Vintener Trilogy, and deals with events ten years … Continue reading


Review: The Devil’s Sanctuary

Written by Marie Hermanson, published by Little, Brown, trade paperback 978 1 847445766 £12.99 This is a rather different style of book for me. Usually I’ll go with thrillers and crime stories, but this was a book I saw in Waterstone’s, and the cover attracted me almost immediately. Identical twins Daniel and Max have a … Continue reading

New Week, New Book

After a real struggle this year, and losing almost two months to failing computers and other issues, I have at last finished the book. This one is the third in the trilogy about a vintaine in the Hundred years War. It’s been a fair amount of time in the planning. In fact, I would say that … Continue reading

The village before the off

Beating the Bounds

Today is the first day of a new way of working for me. Working in silence. It’s very odd. It’s very quiet. Yesterday was full of noise and bustle because we had the seven-yearly parish beating of the bounds. Many years ago this tradition was created in order that the people of the parish knew … Continue reading


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