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More reveiws arriving. Good, it's those few words which influence other readers. Thank you those new reviewers. Several star reviews without a written review have accrued as well.

'Jacob's Justice' by p.d.r.lindsay

It's 1642, and England is tearing itself apart. Politics & Religion, King & Parliament at loggerheads. Jacob Emerick, the youngest son of the Merchants Emerick, shipping owners, must save the family's gold and ships, under threat from a powerful family, the Fowkes. The Fowkes are supporters of the King, and want their loan to the Emericks repaid now, despite the actual legal agreement. They want to buy favours from the  King, preferably an Earldome. The extreme Puritans want the Emerick money too & the Emerick ships kept away from the King and they don't mind how they prevent it. Jacob travels from the safety of London to a small Kentish town full of bigoted Puritans and the arrogant Fowkes. Both sides are prepared to seize everything the family owns. Neither side intend to lose, and stop at nothing, including murder and attempted murder. In a few short weeks Jacob grows from cocky young man to serious opponent of violence & a powerful proponent for peace.

Editor's comments

As I noted on reading the first version of your novel, you write very fluently and competently. I had no trouble at all reading on, indeed was eager to find out what happened – always the sign of an absorbing story.

What I particularly like about the book is that it stands alone, but offers the possibility that it might lead to a sequel – or more! Editors aren’t usually too keen on projected series, but crime books using the same detective in a run of books, whether contemporary or historical, have always been popular. And CJ Sansom’s series of sixteenth century thrillers feature the same hero throughout and have done extremely well.

Jacob is an engaging hero who grows in stature as the book progresses and he learns to think on his feet. I suspect many female readers will enjoy the prospect of a young man proving himself in troubled times. Unfolding the story through Jacob’s eyes also adds more of an element of suspense to the story as we, the readers, discover things and puzzle as to their meaning at the same time as Jacob rather than having knowledge that he doesn’t possess.

Hilary Johnson's Assessment Agency


Review extracts

This is an historical fiction mystery set in the period of time leading up to the English Civil War, and told from the perspective of the ordinary man, a point of view not used enough in historical fiction. I particularly liked that the language is true to the time period in England, and it is used in a natural way so characters sound right for the time. The characters develop as the story is told, but it is Jacob's character that undergoes the most change, and in such a way you feel a part of his growing.


Jacob Emerick is the lawyer for his merchant family. He's young, cocksure, and not particularly likable, but as he travels through this adventure that connects personal tragedy with the political turmoil of 1642, young Jacob matures and manages to endears himself to the reader.

Any reader of historical fiction will enjoy the detailed background to this novel and will find herself immersed in the time period. The political situation is made clear, but also the reader is given a thorough and most enjoyable trip into the lines of ordinary people.

At Goodreads Jacob's Justice now has 5 star reviews!

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