Michael Jecks

Michael Jecks author of “the most wickedly plotted medieval mystery novels” (The Times), is a past Chairman of the Crime Writers’ Association. His books provide “a fascinating portrayal of medieval life” (Good Book Guide).

He has written 43 novels, with the long-running Templar crime series, his Vintener trilogy, the hilarious Bloody Mary series, “Plot twists abound, but the novel’s greatest strength is its jaunty tone, plunging the reader into raucous Elizabethan England (Publishers Weekly, 24 July, 2017).

Always busy, Michael is now writing a saga based on the Crusades. The first, Pilgrim’s War, “a fabulously rich chronicle of the First Crusade (For Winter Nights Reviews – https://forwinternights.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/pilgrims-war-by-michael-jecks/)

He has contributed to many short story anthologies, and collaborated on novels with Medieval Murderers and The Detection Club.

Michael was shortlisted for the Theakston’s prize for the best crime book of the year in 2007 for The Death Ship of Dartmouth. He is the founder of Medieval Murderers, and joined Bloody Brits, both performance groups. In 2004/5 he was Chairman of the Crime Writers’ Association, and has judged prizes as diverse as the Debut Dagger and the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger.

He has been recognised by both Conway Stewart and Visconti fountain pens. In 2014 he was the International Guest of Honour at the Crime Writers of Canada in Toronto, and was the Grand Marshal of the first parade in the New Orleans Mardi Gras.

Michael is a regular panellist and speaker at literary festivals and library events. He lives on Dartmoor with his family and dogs – and keeps fit by Morris dancing with large sticks and iron bars.