The Dead Don’t Wait
by Michael Jecks

Jack Blackjack stands accused of killing a priest in the wickedly entertaining new Bloody Mary Tudor mystery.

April, 1555.
A priest has been stabbed to death in the village of St Botolph, to the east of the City of London, his body left to rot by the roadside – and Jack Blackjack stands accused of his murder.

As well as clearing his name, Jack has his own reasons for wanting to find out who really killed the priest – but this is an investigation where nothing is as it seems. Was it a random attack by a desperate outlaw, or do the answers lie in the murdered priest’s past? As he questions those who knew the dead man, Jack is faced with a number of conflicting accounts – and it’s clear that not everyone can be telling him the whole truth.

But Jack is about to be sidetracked from the investigation … with disastrous consequences.


“Enjoyable … Fans of Elizabethan historicals will have fun”

Publishers Weekly

“Readers who enjoy the period details as much as the plot will be entertained”


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

Kirkus Reviews

“Entertaining … 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

“An unlikely and amusing sleuth who manages to solve a tricky mystery against all odds”

Kirkus Reviews on A Murder Too Soon

“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

“Jecks keeps the suspense at a steady boil as his well-rounded characters fight for a corner in tumultuous London with humor and even humanity”

Publishers Weekly on Rebellion’s Message

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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The Dead Don’t Wait by Michael Jecks is available in the following formats

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