A Jack Blackjack Tudor Mystery

The Merchant Murderers

August, 1556. Jack Blackjack is on a simple mission: make it back home to his beloved London.

It should be simple, right? Wrong.

He's made it as far as Exeter, but before he can secure a fresh steed in that hellish city, he's faced with a dead priest, ruthless thieves, and a devious Dean who's determined to see the back of Jack. That suits Jack just fine - he wants to leave!

So when wealthy merchant Wolfe offers passage to London via sea, Jack jumps at the chance ... and unwittingly into further danger! With thieves, pirates and potential murderers at every turn who can Jack trust? Will he uncover the truth behind the dead priest and missing merchant ships?

But more importantly, will he ever make it home to London with his purse strings and limbs intact?

The Merchant Murderers is the seventh in Michael Jecks' Jack Blackjack Bloody Mary murder mystery series: see all the books here.

"The comical hero provides an amusing instrument for exploring the mores and history of the period."

Kirkus Reviews

*" ...superb... Touches of Wodehousian humor ('No matter how rosy life can look, there is always the possibility that Chance and Fate had only been pulling up their shirt-sleeves, cracking their knuckles and preparing to make life sticky') enhance a fast-moving and gripping plot."

Publishers' Weekly, (starred review)

The Merchant Murderers was published by Severn House in October 2022 in hardback (ISBN: 978-0-7278-5092-8), and as an ebook. The paperback edition (OSBN: 978-1-4483-0772-2) was published in April 2023.