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The Tolls of Death Michael Jecks
The Tolls of Death Michael Jecks

The Tolls of Death - Michael Jecks

London: Headline, 2004, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Signed by the author on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium, but with a Headline promo sticker to the upper panel.

From the cover: “After their gruelling journey back from Galicia, Sir Baldwin Furnshill, Keeper of the King’s Peace, and his friend Bailiff Simon Puttock, are almost home, but in the Cornish vill of Cardinham, while they rest, a penniless young woman, Athelina, is found hanged alongside the dead bodies of her children.

AT FIRST this seems to be the final act of a desperate woman, but then suspicions are raised, and Simon and Baldwin are asked to investigate her death. But where can they start? The Constable seems to run the whole place as his own fiefdom; the miller ignores the law with impunity; even the priests are too scared to talk. The rivalry and feuding seems to involve the whole of Cardinham — including the castle’s men-at-arms and the strange, grim-faced squire who has so recently arrived. Who is he, and what is his interest in the affairs of the villagers? And why won’t the men in the castle enforce the Manor’s laws?

Yet among the peasants someone knows more about the death than they are letting on. Simon and Baldwin soon realise that Athelina’s death is not just an isolated incident; the killings go back many years, to a very old feud.

As the escape of a traitor threatens to embroil the country in a new civil war, and as rebels are sought, out by the King’s men up and down the land, Simon and Baldwin must look beyond the friendships and family loyalties to find an evil killer and secure Cardinham’s safety — but when law and order fail, how can any man hope for justice?”

Size: 8¾" x 5½". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 392 pages.
The Tolls of Death Michael Jecks