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Troubled Bones: A Medieval Noir Hardcover – Oct 11 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (Oct. 11 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312621639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312621636
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.7 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #690,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

About the Author

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.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa4fe6768) out of 5 stars 33 reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5f7936c) out of 5 stars Crispin Guest Discovers an Old Friend Oct. 13 2011
By Nash Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I just finished reading Jeri Westerson's Troubled Bones. This medieval noir, the fourth in her outstanding series involves the sacred bones of St. Thomas a Becket.
The Archbishop calls Crispin Guest to Canterbury to guard the saint's bones from a Lollard plot to steal and destroy them. The story evolves around a few of the famous personages from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. She works Chaucer and his characters into a facinating murder mystery with a powerful punch ending.
Jack Tucker, Crispin's young companion comes of age in this story when his eye falls on a young nun and love blooms in his heart. The scene where Crispin attemts to acquaint Jack with the facts of life is so true to life and comical it endears both characters.
Two murders of religious personages is enough to keep both Crispin and Jack from their duties of watching the bones. This only adds to his problems when the bones are discovered to be missing and his friend, Chaucer is held for trial as the killer.
Medieval writing at its best. Enjoy a great read.
Nash Black, author of SANDPRINTS OF DEATH.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5f795b8) out of 5 stars Another Great Crispin Guest Adventure Nov. 3 2011
By sevenmoonlight - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Crispin's reputation as "The Tracker" has grown and he is required by the Archbishop of Canterbury to protect the bones of martyred Saint Thomas Beckett. The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Becket had been murdered in the cathedral that now holds his bones, but there is suspicion that the bones are going to be stolen by a group that is looking to undermine the Catholic church. Crispin is to protect the bones which bring in money from pilgrims and find if one of the heretics is actually part of the monastery. This job requires Crispin to face people who remember him being disgraced as a traitor and even his old friend Geoffery Chaucer.

The very first night on duty, a prioress is murdered in one of the chapels in the Cathedral, the exact same place Beckett was slain, and Crispin is knocked unconscious. A young nun was present in the chapel with the Prioress at the time of the murder and is traumatized. Crispin's young apprentice Jack gets his first crush on the young nun complicating matters.

Another murder occurs that seems completely unrelated which throws a curve that keeps the reader guessing. Of course, it could be the curse that Jack learns about during his undercover stint in the monastery. But the clock is ticking when Chaucer is unexpectedly jailed by the archbishop for the murders and Crispin only has hours to clear his name.

Crispin has his hands full and confronting his past is an added challenge. The Archbishop and Chaucer are catalysts in Crispin's internal struggles with his past that demonstrate what kind of man he has become since he was stripped of his knighthood. He has changed a lot and the reader suspects, for the better.

Young Jack is growing up and we get a chapter from his perspective as he goes undercover at the monastery. This was a great touch and I appreciate Jack's character even more now. Chaucer was unpredictable and added a touch of mystery. There is a woman that catches Crispin's fancy as well. Some moments of humor lighten an intense plot.

The plot has a few twists and the connection between the two murders is not obvious. The attention to period detail is integrated smoothly and immerses you. The confrontation with the killer is suspenseful and the wrap up was quite satisfying with an added surprise. Crispin continues to develop and grow. This series keeps improving and the character of Crispin transcends time with the motivations and political intrigue that are no less in play today. Excellent series that makes history exciting and even cool and this book is a stellar addition.

Mysteries and My Musings book blog
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5f797f8) out of 5 stars Troubled Bones: Crispin Guest - Medieval Nor Jan. 1 2012
By Pamela M. Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Troubled Bones is the fourth well written "medieval noir" in Westerson's series. This book continues to dig into the series characters. First, it expands the character of Jack Tucker, Crispin's apprentice, who gets a few scenes to himself this time around. He's coming into his own as a young man as Jack discovers girls in this book, with hilarious results. Westerson threads the mystery through the Canterbury Tales. This adds a fun literary element to her rich historical world. You'll be captivated by Westerson's take on Chaucers character You'll be caught up by the murders Crispin is solving. The story is excellent, the characters will suck you in until you find yourself on the last page, wanting more!

If you are just coming to this series, you will want to start at the beginning. This book is an okay starting point, but you will be even happier if you start with the earlier books. The only negitive point I can think of is that this series isn't offered in an audio book format. I gather audio books for several blind groups and this series would be one that would be of high interest.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5f7999c) out of 5 stars A fun read Dec 28 2011
By Bruce Bonnicksen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Based n the Canturbury Tales, this mystery is an easy read and enjoyable. Fans of historical fiction and mysteries will find it to their liking.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5f79d68) out of 5 stars Murder, and Intrigue Medieval Style. Jan. 15 2012
By Lil Gluckstern - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Jeri Westerson knows her history. She knows her Chaucer. Above all, she writes and a delightful, thoughtful and informative mystery novel with one of the most appealing, and delightful heroes I've ever read. Crispin is a disgraced knight who nevertheless works for good and to redeem some feeling of his own goodness. He is smart, educated, and assisted ably by his urchin protegee. Their relationship is charming, if not always peaceful; Jack helps in solving the murders that appear to revolve around the missing bones of Thomas Becket. They accomplish their goal and more. As usual, Ms. Westerson populates her characters with some interesting people, and places them in a landscape that feels real enough to smell and feel. And as usual, I was sorry to see this book end, and I can't wait for the next.