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- Print Length: 156 pages
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- Publisher: Albannach Publishing (April 25, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 25, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01ETKCW16
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The Templar's Cross: A Medieval Mystery (The Sir Law Kintour Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The only thing I didn't like about it and many others I've read, is all of the typos and grammatical errors. I'm not sure why the editor/author did not catch the errors, but I wish more would take their time and proof their work.
The Knights Templar stand in for the Knights of Malta, and instead of a jewel encrusted bird, the object of desire is a jewel encrusted cross. Sir Law fills the role of Sam Spade, Maguerite and Johne Wrycht are analogs for Brigid O'Shaughnessy and Joel Cairo, Carre is the Fat Man, and Dave Taylor and Roger share the role of Wilmer. We even have the Lord Sheriff and the Sergeant of the Watch filling the roles of Detectives Dundy and Polhaus.
I'm not sure if the author intended this to be an homage, but considering that this book is a retelling of one of the most famous detective novels (one that has been filmed, at least, three times), the story is very familiar. If you've read The Maltese Falcon, or seen the movie, you'll know how this book plays out. If you haven't read The Maltese Falcon, go do that right now!
Though the story and characters are familiar, the author does a good job of evoking the time and period. The use of vernacular is fun, and I liked our hero. This is a fun and quick read, and I'll definitely check out the other books in the series. Who knows, maybe the next book is a re-imagining of The Big Sleep or Red Harvest!
The entire premise is rather silly. There is no real reason for the main character to be hired, as he has none of the required skills. Most of his discoveries are more through luck than actual investigative work. The minstrel is there to give Sir Law someone to work with, rather than for anything he can contribute. The ending comes out of nowhere, and almost seems like the author suddenly ran out of ideas and had to throw together anything to end the book.
The use of Scottish words was not terribly jarring, and context went a long way to allowing me to understand what they were saying. (I did not realize there was a glossary in the back until I finished the book.)
This is a very good medieval mystery which includes the sights and sound of the middle ages as we know it from our historical readings. People did eat only bread and beer, even the young.children without families were abused or killed or died. Many died young and men fought in the Crusades and or wars of state and found, when they returned, they had no place town or in society. They scrambled for a penny for a slice of bread. Thieves and pickpockets abounded. The Cross is lost, hidden, stolen, and an able man is asked to retrieve it. Thieves betray him, a man is found murdered and the sheriff is willing the hang the man who found him.
The tale is nicely told. I enjoyed Tomlin's writing. Nothing bashful here.
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Did not care much for the local terminology of the period it made the story continuity disjointed but an great story