Cup of Blood: A Crispin Guest Medieval Noir Prequel

Cup of Blood: A Crispin Guest Medieval Noir Prequel

by Jei Westerson

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Overview

When a corpse turns up at his favorite tavern, Crispin Guest--disgraced knight turned detective--begins an inquiry, but the dead man turns out to be a Templar knight, an order thought to be extinct for 75 years, charged with protecting a certain religious relic which is now missing. Before he can begin to investigate, Crispin is abducted by shadowy men who are said to be minions of the French anti-pope. Further complicating matters are two women: one from court with an enticing proposition, and another from Crispin's past, dredging up long-forgotten emotions he would rather have left behind. And as if all that weren't enough, a cunning young cutpurse by the name of Jack Tucker has insinuated himself into Crispin's already difficult life. The deeper Crispin probes into the murder, the more it looks like the handiwork of an old friend turned adversary. With enemies from all sides, Crispin has his hands full in more than murder in this intriguing prequel to the acclaimed series.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149772964
Publisher: Jei Westerson
Publication date: 07/22/2014
Series: The Crispin Guest Medieval Noir novels , #7
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 310
Sales rank: 275,584
File size: 507 KB

About the Author

L.A. native Jeri Westerson combined the medieval with the hard-boiled and came up with her own brand of medieval mystery she calls Medieval Noir. Her brooding protagonist, Crispin Guest, is a disgraced knight turned detective on the mean streets of fourteenth century London. Jeri’s novels have been shortlisted for a variety of industry awards, from the Agatha to the Shamus. She is president of the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and speaks all over the southland about medieval history, including as a guest lecturer at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana and Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA.

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Cup of Blood: A Crispin Guest Medieval Noir Prequel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting story. Sort of reminded me of Indiana Jones and the Holy grail.
Joansz More than 1 year ago
Cup of Blood, the prequel to the Crispin Guest series, filled in Crispin and Jack Tucker’s backstory that was only hinted at in the later books that had been published first. For me, their histories significantly added to their characters. If I didn’t love these two before, I sure do now. I think this is a must read for Crispin Guest fans.
cammocat01 More than 1 year ago
I always thought that what was missing from the series was more detail about what happened to place Crispin and Jack together. I agree with what others have said, all Jeri's books include history as a backdrop for the story, and she has a real gift for placing you in the situation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like all the other Crispin novels, Cup of Blood does NOT disappoint! Great story, loveable characters and page-turning action. At the end of each story I'm still amazed at how Jeri manages to keep it fresh!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jeri Westerson needs to keep writing. I'm so totally addicted to her Chrispin series. She makes everything so believeable and you feel like you are in the room with the characters! Also it's like getting a history lesson, only she makes it fun! And her fight scenes... I've never been able to follow a fight scene, or be inclined to. Jeri's fight scenes - you can feel every blow! And there's enough mystery and romance and whattheheckisthat stuff to keep you glued to the pages.
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NC-Lady_49 More than 1 year ago
I think of all the Crispin Guest books, this is my favorite. It shows a darker Crispin, a man who is very bitter and angry over what has befallen him, yet doesn't seem to be able to come to terms with the fact that his own actions caused his downfall, who thought he was doing the right thing. We see glimpses of his humiliation when stripped of his knighthood and in his very early days trying to survive. I loved seeing the growing friendship and affection between Crispin and Jack. And I really liked seeing Crispin regaining a little of his pride and honor. I definitely recommend this author and series and I can't wait until her next book is released.