A Medieval Noir
By Jeri Westerson
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312621636, 304pp.)
Publication Date: October 11, 2011
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"Westerson has mastered her subject and has used that knowledge to create erudite entertainment."
--Richmond Times Dispatch on Veil of Lies
Disgraced knight Crispin Guest gets himself into some serious trouble in London and as a result is forced to accept an assignment far out of town. The Archbishop of Canterbury has specifically requested Guest to investigate a threat against the bones of saint and martyr Thomas a Beckett, which are on display in the cathedral in Canterbury. The archbishop has received letters threatening the safety of the artifacts, and he wants Guest to protect them and uncover whoever is after them.
When he arrives at Canterbury, Guest is accosted by an old acquaintance from court - one Geoffrey Chaucer - and is surrounded by a group in town on a pilgrimage. Trapped amongst the pilgrims (who were, quite possibly, the model for Chaucer's famous story cycle), looking for a murderer, a hidden heretic and a solution to the riddle that will allow him to go back home, Crispin Guest finds his considerable wit and intellect taxed to its very limit.
JERI WESTERSON is the author of three previous books featuring Crispin Guest - Veil of Lies,Serpent in the Thorns, and The Demon's Parchment. She lives in Menifee, California.
The Crispin series is excellent at showing the difficulties of life in medieval England. The meeting with Chaucer and his group of pilgrims adds great enjoyment to the book. This is a fantastic book you won't want to put down.
Westerson's latest medieval noir is a very readable combination of historical fact and mystery.
The Agatha Christie-like solution will please puzzle buffs.