- File Size: 1361 KB
- Print Length: 156 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Albannach Publishing (April 25, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 25, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01ETKCW16
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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!
More narrative would have improved the book tremendously.
Unlike others, I don't see it as convoluted and I did enjoy the dialogue. After all, the world is made up of conversations, not descriptions outside of our heads. We talk to people and they talk to us. We find out very interesting bits because of that.
I wasn't all that surprised by the end, although I know that the person who "went down" for the murders was probably not the actual murderer. That wasn't the important part, after all. It was getting there and hoping along the way that Sir Law didn't end up at the end of a rope.
Yes, there are some editing errors, but it is relatively rare to find a perfect book nowadays. We are all so casual about our writing--texting has ruined it, I'm afraid. Should the author/editor take more time checking? Yes. Does it detract greatly from the overall piece? Not so much.
The bottom line is that I will buy the next book in the series and perhaps hope for more than just one more.
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