The Knight’s Tale
by M.J. Trow

Introducing 14th century poet Geoffrey Chaucer as a memorable new amateur sleuth in the first of an ingeniously-conceived medieval mystery series.

April, 1380. About to set off on his annual pilgrimage, Comptroller of the King’s Woollens and court poet Geoffrey Chaucer is forced to abandon his plans following an appeal for help from an old friend. The Duke of Clarence, Chaucer’s former guardian, has been found dead in his bed at his Suffolk castle, his bedroom door locked and bolted from the inside. The man who found him, Sir Richard Glanville, suspects foul play and has asked Chaucer to investigate.

On arrival at Clare Castle, Chaucer finds his childhood home rife with bitter rivalries, ill-advised love affairs and dangerous secrets. As he questions the castle’s inhabitants, it becomes clear that more than one member of the Duke’s household had reason to wish him ill. But who among them is a cold-hearted killer? It’s up to Chaucer, with his sharp wits and eye for detail, to root out the evil within.


Trow brings medieval England fully to life through well-chosen period detail, but the novel’s main strength is its portrait of Chaucer … Readers will hope to see a lot more of him in his role as sleuth

Publishers Weekly Starred Review

With twists aplenty, ribald humor, intriguing and varied characters, and vivid descriptions, this suspenseful, playful, and funny mystery will appeal to a broad range of readers


A series kickoff that augurs well for more juicy Chaucer escapades

Kirkus Reviews

Stellar ... Trow reinforces his place at the top of the Elizabethan mystery subgenre

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of The Reckoning

Subtle humor, colorful characters, and a shock ending are all on display in abundance

Booklist on The Reckoning

A gripping story packed with a palpable sense of danger, and a shocker of an ending, makes for absorbing reading

Booklist on The Black Hills

Twisty, unpredictable, and ultimately satisfying

Kirkus Reviews on Black Death

Readers will find themselves intrigued by Trow's fine tale, which is full of ribald humor, high-spirited adventure, intriguing twists, and realistic period ambience

Booklist on Black Death

M.J. Trow

M.J. Trow is a military historian by training and the author of the longrunning Inspector Lestrade and ‘Mad Max’ Maxwell detective series, as well as the Kit Marlowe Tudor mysteries, the Grand & Batchelor Victorian mysteries and the Margaret Murray series. He lives in the Isle of Wight.

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The Knight’s Tale by M.J. Trow is available in the following formats

Hardback978178029135227th May 2021145 X 225mm224£21.99
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