The Demon's Parchment

The Demon's Parchment

by Jeri Westerson

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Since losing his knighthood for treason and reinventing himself as an investigator for hire known as The Tracker, Crispin Guest has grown accustomed to unusual clients with dark requests. Yet when Jacob of Provencal, a Jewish physician at the King’s court arrives at his doorstep late one frigid night, Guest cannot quiet his unease. Jacob and his son Julian are missing a set of documents, items they claim contain a spiritual and deadly power that, in the wrong hands, could bring forth a demon and put all of London in danger.

Meanwhile, there is evidence that a monster has already been unleashed in the city. Vulnerable street children are being abducted and murdered, their mutilated bodies the only clues left behind. With the help of his orphaned young servant Jack, it is up to Guest to unravel the grim tangle of mystery and murder that has taken over the wintry streets of London. Along the way, he encounters old enemies, finds friends in unexpected places, and has his long held convictions challenged at every turn.

This third installment of the Crispin Guest medieval mystery series was nominated for a Romantic Times award and was a finalist for the Macavity Award. The Demon’s Parchment is a gripping, vividly told story that will leave even the most seasoned mystery readers guessing until the very end.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625671455
Publisher: JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date: 09/29/2015
Series: A Crispin Guest Medieval Mystery , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 318
Sales rank: 246,549
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jeri Westerson is the author of the Crispin Guest Medieval Mystery series. Her books were finalists for several major mystery awards, including the Agatha, the Shamus, and the Macavity. She lives in Menifee, California.

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The Demon's Parchment (Crispin Guest Medieval Noir Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
thejohnsmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another mystery for the intrepid Crispin guest to to get to the bottom of. In this tale he is confronted with the gruesome murder of boys in and around London and the search for lost jewish scrolls. There are plenty of suspects for, the less than perfect but always interesting, Crispin to pursue. There's also an amourous encounter, or two, that will surprise. This one is every bit as well written as the previous novels in the series and just as entertaining. A good read.
KristiEnigl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy Jeri Westerson's writing style: you can practically smell and taste 14th Century London, and you end up empathizing with her lead characters, a dis-honored knight, Crispin Guest, and his sidekick, young Jack. Her books move quickly, with lots of intrigue and suspense, and I found myself blowing off work to finish her books. This one, The Demon's Parchment, is no exception. Along with Crispin, I discovered historical (for me per se) facts I never knew. How refreshing to read a novel and pick up some history.I have to say the topic is this book is challenging, and not only for the readers. Jeri puts our hero through the grinder, and he really had an emotional journey in this installment. I felt for him so many times. I love to read books that really move me, and trust me, this one will move you.
cammocat01 More than 1 year ago
Fans of Crispin will love this one, for those that are new to the tale of Crispin Guest, this is a murder mystery that will leave you believing you have it solved, only to find out you were wrong. full of wonderful descriptions of his surroundings. Crispin and Jack are led on some interesting paths to find the real killer and the mystery of the parchment.
readingfanatic More than 1 year ago
These books are, as the author states, medieval noir mysteries. The book is more about action than it is characters. In this one, parchments belonging to a Jewish doctor, who is a guest of the king, are stolen. The sleuth, Crispin Guest, also stumbles on the death of a young boy. How these two very different things become intertwined makes for a very interesting mystery. I like a good mystery, but this one left me cold. Maybe it was my inability to relate to the characters. I didn't "feel" the medieval setting as much as I do with other authors either. But for a good convoluted tale, it was a winner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of both mysteries and historical fiction, and especially about medieval England. This is exactly thekind of book I. Like the most. I also enjoyed the weaving into the book the information about the lifeof Jews at that time. I know Jewish history well, and know about the multiple expulsions of Jews from most of the European countries, of which England was the first. Looking forward to the next book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1384 London, disgraced former knight Crispin "The Tracker" Guest earns a living finding missing things for clients. His assistant young street urchin Jack Turner tells him a man is outside acting as if he has doubts about entering their facility. Provencal Jewish doctor to the queen Jacob wants to hire the Tracker to locate and return to him stolen Hebrew manuscripts that the foreigner believes may be tied to some recent gruesome murders. Additionally, London sheriffs want Guest to track down a vicious serial killer who has strangled and disemboweled four boys. Although he prefers to decline both cases, Guest needs the income so he begins his search for the documents and a serial killer. He soon finds the two investigations merge as Jacob implied they would when Guest meets a nasty giant who may be the mythical Golem protecting the Jews by killing those who would harm them. In his third medieval tracking mystery (see Veil of Lies and Serpent in the Thorns), Guest is at his best as he works two inquiries that merge into a deadly scenario. The fast-paced story line brings alive late fourteenth century London during the reign of King Richard II. Adding depth is to see the city through the eyes of a visiting Jewish professional who performs a mitzvah to help his people but will learn from Guest that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Harriet Klausner
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