The Butcher of St.Peter's Paperback
When a merchant in Exeter hears an intruder in his home one night, his first thought is to conceal his adulterous lover.
But then he witnesses a sinister figure stooping over the bed of his only child, a figure who seems to vanish into thin air. Two years on and the identity of the intruder has become common knowledge: the idiot of the city who lost his own children many years ago, and who seems doomed to wander the town searching for them.
But when a boy then disappears, suspicion immediately falls on him. The local constable is determined to solve the mystery, as his own son disappeared some years ago and he always suspected the fool.
Sir Baldwin is asked to follow a lead to the manor of Bishop's Clyst to try and find out what has happened.
While he is there a body is found under the stone bridge - the body of a boy, but not the one who recently went missing...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 05/12/2005
- Category: Historical mysteries
- ISBN: 9780755322985
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Review by Bookaholic2
I have virtually all of Jecks' works. I am new to Library Things so am not going to go into great detail except to say that he has given me many hours of reading pleasure and largley give him 5 stars. Although it has been some years since I found one of the later stories, I was, at the time, prompted to find the first in the series, etc. It is grand that both his former publisher and his new publisher (Simon & Schuster UK) are republishing his books in print and other formats. I have given Jecks 5 star reviews over the years since I stumbled on to him. As to his research, historically it is from primary sources wherein he writes plausible tales into the historical setting.