Troubled Bones: A Medieval Noir Hardcover – Oct 11 2011
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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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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.
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
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.