Troubled Bones

Troubled Bones

by Jeri Westerson

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Since losing his knighthood, Crispin Guest has crafted a reputation throughout London. From the shadowy corners of the city to the exclusive halls of the royal court he is known as the Tracker, an investigator for hire who can find anyone or anything. But when the Archbishop of Canterbury hires him to expose the culprit threatening the sacred relics of a holy martyr, Guest finds himself a stranger in an unfamiliar land.

Within a city of pilgrims and priests, he unexpectedly encounters his former friend Geoffrey Chaucer, poet, rabble-rouser and liege to Crispin’s former master. Chaucer and his group of fellow pilgrims all have tales to tell...and secrets to hide. After a murder befalls the cathedral, Guest, together with his faithful servant Jack, has been tasked with uncovering the dark truth. Among hallowed tombs of soldiers and saints, in a world of ancient secrets and undying vendettas, Guest must identify the murderous heretic among holy men if he has any hope of returning home.

The riveting fourth book in the Crispin Guest series re-imagines the world of The Canterbury Tales in an engaging, suspenseful mystery. Troubled Bones was nominated for the Macavity, the Agatha, Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice, and the Bruce Alexander Historical Mystery awards.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625671462
Publisher: JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date: 09/29/2015
Series: A Crispin Guest Medieval Mystery , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 301
Sales rank: 235,375
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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Troubled Bones 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ifletty More than 1 year ago
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.
alexann on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Crispin Guest and his sidekick (er, protoge) young Jack Tucker are called to Canterbury to protect the relics of St Thomas a Beckett. While there, they happen to run into Cris' old friend, Geoffrey Chaucer and his band of pilgrims, who start being killed off almost as soon as they arrive. Cris (and Jack, who is very insightful) sett out to solve the murders, as well as to find the now-missing bones. It took awhile to get into this, but once the characters started to settle into my brain, it was a bit of a romp! (Now I want to go back and read earlier titles in the series.) Pretty fast-moving, and really keeps the reader guessing (although I guessed who-done-it long before Jack and Cris). Jack is a young teen and plays an active role in the solving of the mystery, so this also has appeal for younger readers.
thejohnsmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another enjoyable adventure with Mediaeval sleuth Crispin Guest and his trusty assistant Jack Tucker. This time, employed in Canterbury on a job to protect the bones of St Thomas A Beckett, Crispin and Jack are soon caught up in murder and mystery seemingly centered on the Saint's remains.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyable, historical fiction plus mystery, a wonderful combination.
BobbieG More than 1 year ago
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. ) 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago