Historic Murder Mystery Draws Visitors To Scilly

michael jecks outlaws of ennorIt’s known that books featuring stories set in Scilly encourage people to visit. Many Michael Morpurgo fans have discovered our islands after reading their favourite author’s novels

And now a Westcountry crime writer who specialises in medieval murder mysteries says he has proof that his fans have been catching the ferry or flights here to find out more about his stories’ settings.

Michael Jenks normally writes about Dartmoor but decided to set part of his historic outlaw series in Scilly after falling in love with the islands during a 1990 holiday. And it’s brought international feedback.

Michael says people have written to him just to say they’ve visited the islands after reading his books, particularly Dutch fans.

His book ‘Outlaws of Ennor’ has just gone online as an Amazon e-book download. Michael says that has made it easier for people who may not necessarily be interested in thrillers set in medieval times to have found it when searching for Scilly on the web.

Outlaws of Ennor links his Devon-based Templar series with Scilly through a shipwreck. There’s also reference to the ‘Daughter House,’ which was operated by the Abbot of Tavistock on the islands in the period, and real, historical figures from the period including the islands’ chief, Ranulf de Blancminster.

Michael is working on another Scilly-set novel, centred on his fascination with smuggling around our relatively isolated coastline.

But it will be set in modern times, not the Middle Ages and, unusually, the plot will involve the Mafia. The book, untitled as yet, will be published later next year.