Serpent in the Thorns

Serpent in the Thorns

by Jeri Westerson

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After being stripped of his knighthood for treason and cast out from high society, Crispin Guest has reinvented himself as the Tracker, an investigator who can find anything and anyone. When Grayce, a distraught scullery maid arrives on his doorstep, frantic after finding a dead man in her room, Crispin examines the scene of what he thinks is a straightforward murder. After learning that the murdered man was an important courier in possession of a dangerous holy artifact, an object so valuable its absence could begin a war between empires, he quickly realizes this is no ordinary case.

During his investigation, Guest unexpectedly encounters his nemesis, Miles Aleyn, the treasonous mastermind behind his fall from grace. Aleyn is acting suspiciously, and Guest must conquer his desire for revenge to find out just what he may be hiding.

Surrounded by possible suspects, Guest will have to use his wiles to navigate both the exclusive halls of King Richard’s court, and the hardscrabble streets of 14th century London. In a world full of old friends, mysterious strangers and dangerous enemies, he will have to uncover lies well told and truth well hidden to find the murderer, protect his country and save himself.

The riveting second mystery in the Crispin Guest series is an evocative and thrilling medieval noir tale of suspense and murder. Serpent in the Thorns was a finalist for both the Macavity Award and the Bruce Alexander Mystery Award.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625671448
Publisher: JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date: 09/23/2015
Series: A Crispin Guest Medieval Mystery , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 287
Sales rank: 256,621
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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Serpent in the Thorns (Crispin Guest Medieval Noir Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Disgraced former English knight Crispin Guest lost everything he cherished when his support for Prince John left him caught up in a plot against King Richard. He knows he is fortunate to live though in squalid conditions. Instead of wallowing, he reinvents himself from knight errant to mercenary Tracker and finder (see VEIL OF LIES). He conducts investigations for a fee. In 1384 at the King's Head Inn in Southwark, Grayce asks Guest to help her. She claims the corpse of a man she killed is inside her room. Guest and his apprentice Reader the ragamuffin pickpocket quickly learn the victim was a French courier with a gift of the legendary Crown of Thorns for the Lionhearted. The Tracker and the Reader, assisted by Grayce's lovely sister Livith, immediately are caught up with murderous royal politics, which the last time this happened he became a disgraced knight. SERPENT IN THE THORN is an interesting medieval mystery starring a former knight who fell from grace to become the abject object of people asking where he is now. The relationship between the Tracker and the Reader has become more of a caring big and younger brother relationship which enhances the exciting story line. Although the latter part of the tale requires the audience to ignore credibility, fans will enjoy the fallen knight's late fourteenth century escapades. Harriet Klausner
lindasuebrown on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not a typical historical novel, Serpent in the Thorns is fast-moving, atmospheric, with intriguing characters, especially the sardonic protagonist, Crispin Guest. He's lost his title, his fortune, his land, his position in 14th century England. ...Now he's a "tracker," a finder of lost things -- or people. When a simple-minded serving girl finds a dead man in her lodgings and declares she must have killed him, Guest sets out to find the truth. He uncovers political intrigue along the way. Medieval noir, indeed!
TriciaDM on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
the amount of historical detail this author puts into theses stories is amazing, the story simply adds to the background, creating a "it seems like your there" feeling.
cammocat01 More than 1 year ago
the author takes us more into medieval London and society as Crispin works to solve yet another mystery. This one is full of political intrigue. Crispin learns more about himself and his situation, as well as about human nature. A wonderful distraction and a must read.
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