Rosie’s #Bookreview of Early 13th Century Murder #Mystery The Goldsmith’s Apprentice (The Pitt Family Saga Book 3) by Stephen J. Phillips

The Goldsmith's Apprentice (The Pitt Family Saga Book 3)The Goldsmith’s Apprentice by Stephen J. Phillips

4 stars

The Goldsmith’s Apprentice is the third book in the Pitt Family Saga series.

Set in early 13th century England this book is about the murder of a Goldsmith, one to whom Nick Pitt was apprenticed. Although innocent, Nick is accused of the murder, and a speedy trial finds him guilty.

Nick’s adopted family and his Knights Templar friends set out to prove his innocence and gain the king’s pardon, but there is little evidence in Nick’s favour, and time to save him is running out.

This book was my favourite in the series. The author has worked hard to improve his writing and it shows as the series progresses. The story was entertaining and I was just as eager to solve the mystery and capture the real murderer as were the characters. The Knights Templar have always fascinated me, and once again I appreciated the additional snippets of information about them.

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Book description

Being hanged, in early 13th Century London, was a slow and painful process of strangulation. But for a shy fourteen-year-old with little grasp on the ways of the world, it was terrifying. Especially when he was innocent of the murder of which he was accused. Indeed, apprentice goldsmith Nick Pitt hardly understood what had happened to his master, or why he was accused of his callous slaying.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Of 13th Century Knights Templar #HistFic #Mystery THE TEMPLAR PITT by Stephen J Phillips

The Templar Pitt (The Pitt Family Saga Book 2)The Templar Pitt by Stephen J. Phillips

3.5 stars

The Templar Pitt  is book two of The Pitt Family saga. This book is set in the 1200s and features The Knights Templar. Gervase, a young French carpenter, lives in England; his skills have secured him specialist work for the Templar monks and now he’s been invited to London to design a new building for them.

During excavations a secret document is discovered along with some aged bones, and, similar to book one in this series, Gervase is asked to help solve a mystery – one which could have complicated royal implications.

The author uses an omnipotent narrator to tell the story; at times I felt that some of the characters saw and knew details which were a little too convenient; however, this is just a minor niggle that others might not notice. The Templars were appealing to me, as they were in the first story, and the era in which the story is set works well with the choice of characters. This series might interest those who want to know more about life in the early medieval period.

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In 1201, a young carpenter discovers something in the foundations of a new building he’s designed for the Knights Templar in London, which could alter the shape of history.

He is subsequently thrown into a series of events which could result in the loss of King John’s throne and threaten the stability of the realm.

His life, and that of his adopted son are at risk. So too is his wife, who is kidnapped by a gang wanting to rob the Templars of a massive loan they are making to the king.

Only a concerted effort can ensure England’s stability – and save the Order from embarrassment.

But there will be a terrible cost.

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