Death Comes Hot
by Michael Jecks

Jack Blackjack’s search for an executioner’s son ensnares him in a fiendish mesh of schemes in this lively Tudor mystery.

London. May, 1556. Hal Westmecott, one of the city’s most feared executioners, reckons Jack Blackjack owes him a favour – and now he’s come to collect his dues. Hal has ordered Jack to track down his long-lost son and, although Jack believes he’s been set an impossible task, he’s in no position to refuse.

But when Jack’s search draws him to the attention of a ruthless nobleman, a dead priest’s vengeful brother and finally to a bloodstained body in a filthy lodging house, he comes to realize he is an unwitting pawn in a mesh of schemes dreamed up by the most powerful people in England. Just who is a friend, who is a foe – and will Jack escape with his life intact?


Steeped in the rich, bawdy background of sixteenth-century London . . . Enough suspects and red herrings to keep mystery fans intrigued

Booklist on The Dead Don't Wait

An enjoyable jaunt through mid-16th century England . . . The novel's energetic pace never flags

Publishers Weekly on The Dead Don't Wait

The improbably and delightfully humorous protagonist moves the story to a surprising conclusion

Kirkus Reviews on The Dead Don't Wait

Jecks brings the seamy side of Tudor London to life through rich, atmospheric descriptions of its taverns, brothels and streets

Publishers Weekly on A Missed Murder

Engrossing . . . Plot twists abound, but the novel's greatest strength is its jaunty tone, plunging the reader into raucous Elizabethan England

Publishers Weekly on A Murder Too Soon

Michael Jecks

Michael Jecks is the author of more than thirty novels in the Knights Templar medieval mystery series, and four previous Bloody Mary Tudor mysteries. A former Chairman of the Crime Writers’ Association, he lives with his wife, children and dogs in northern Dartmoor.

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