A Jack Blackjack Tudor Mystery

Death Comes Hot

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

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?

A fast-paced Tudor mystery set during Bloody Mary's reign of terror.

Michael Jecks' Jack Blackjack Tudor murder mystery series - all the books.

"Plenty of historical detail, loads of twists and turns, and a hilarious tale of criminal ineptitude."

Kirkus Reviews

"The main draw is high-spirited Jack, with his Bertie Woosterish commentary ('I don't know whether you have ever experienced such a sensation. There is something particularly unpleasant about being brought up short by a length of steel at the Adam's apple'). Fans of offbeat Tudor mysteries will clamor for more."

Publishers Weekly

Death Comes Hot is published by Severn House; the UK edition was published on 30th September 2020, and the US edition followed on December 1st.

It is available in a Kindle edition.

The audio edition, read by Kris Dyer, is available from the Reading House.