Troubled Bones: A Medieval Noir [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Troubled Bones: A Medieval Noir

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Overview


"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.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Set in 1385, Westerson’s fine fourth historical featuring disgraced knight Crispin Guest (after 2010’s The Demon’s Parchment) takes Crispin (aka “the Tracker”) to Canterbury, where he’s greeted by his old friend Geoffrey Chaucer—and where Lollard heretics have been making threats against the bones of Thomas à Becket, on display in the cathedral. The archbishop of Canterbury wants Crispin to both safeguard the sacred relics and identify the Lollards’ agent, who’s posing as a monk. When someone slays prioress Eglantine de Mooreville, one of several pilgrims visiting the town, with a sword in the cathedral, the archbishop insists the crime’s an ecclesiastical matter, not the king’s business, and orders the Tracker to find the culprit. The Agatha Christie–like solution will please puzzle buffs, while series fans will welcome the author’s efforts to further flesh out the lead and his apprentice, Jack Tucker. (Oct.)
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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."

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"Westerson’s latest medieval noir is a very readable combination of historical fact and mystery."

Kirkus Reviews

 

"The Agatha Christie–like solution will please puzzle buffs."

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Library Journal
In his fourth case (after The Demon's Parchment) disgraced knight Crispin Guest is off to Canterbury, and would you be surprised to note that Chaucer plays a part, too?
Kirkus Reviews

A murderous spin on The Canterbury Tales.

Disgraced knight Crispin Guest has gained such a reputation as a tracker of criminals (The Demon's Parchment, 2010, etc.) that the Archbishop of Canterbury calls on him to investigate a threat against the bones of Saint Thomas Becket. The archbishop suspects a plot by the Lollards, whose attack on papal authority and church doctrines has the veiled approval of some of the highest in the land, including Guest's former lord, the Duke of Lancaster. Guest and his servant Jack are staying at an inn that also houses Geoffrey Chaucer, a friend of Guest from the days when Guest was still a favorite of Lancaster, and many of the characters who are due to be immortalized in his Canterbury Tales. When the prioress is murdered and Becket's bones go missing, Guest has his work cut out for him. A second murder only confuses his task. The archbishop wants the murders solved, the bones returned, and the Lollards rooted out. When Chaucer's dagger is used as a murder weapon, Guest has to look deep into the past and the death of Becket in order to save his old friend from the hangman's rope.

Westerson's latest medieval noir is a very readable combination of historical fact and mystery even though it telegraphs the killer's identity early on.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429977586
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Series: Crispin Guest Novels , #4
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 273,542
  • File size: 407 KB

Meet 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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  • Posted October 12, 2011

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    Best yet!

    I am a fan of the Crispin Guest series and was anxiously awaiting the release of Troubled Bones. The books just keep getting better and better. Crispin Guest is back with his side kick Jack Tucker, the little thief that Crispin takes under his wing in Veil of Lies. Crispin has been summoned to Canterbury by the Archbishop. He is told that there is a Lollard plot a foot to steal the bones of St. Thomas and the Archbishop wants to protect the bones and to also root out any Lollards in their community. But when murder comes to the great Cathedral, Crispin feels he has failed in his duty. But do the murders have anything to do with the bones? Or are the pilgrim's secrets the motive?

    Jeri Westerson has been a lifelong fan of Chaucer, and it is really very clever how she has worked the characters from the Canterbury tales into the story line. Crispin's friend Chaucer is soon in deep trouble and the vindictive Archbishop of Canterbury sees a way to strike out at his enemy the Duke of Lancaster through his friend and servant Geoffrey Chaucer. Crispin knows his friend could not have done this and is compelled to help; and in so doing more of his story is revealed, also his responsibility to a growing Jack becomes more defined.

    Jeri Westerson is a gifted story teller and her love of the time period makes for a thoroughly enjoyable light mystery novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    The books in this series just get better

    Really enjoyable, historical fiction plus mystery, a wonderful combination.

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  • Posted December 12, 2011

    Just gets better

    Jeri Westerson's Crispin Guest series just gets better and better. As one of her loyal readers, I especially appreciate seeing the abundantly likable young sidekick, Jack Taylor, and his friendship with Guest, the to-die-for disgraced knight, grow in such a natural and subtle way that it was almost a surprise to realize that Jack has become a man in his own right.

    The mysterious elements of the book kept me guessing right to the end. One surprise, then another.

    This particular era has never been of much interest to me before, but owing to Ms. Westerson's books I've become quite a fan of the Middle Ages. (As long as I can read about them, not live in that period. <g>) I've read many more books set in that era since I got hooked on the Crispin Guest series but nowhere have I encountered a protagonist nor a mood like this series.

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    Posted October 28, 2011

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