Jeri Westerson is a journalist, novelist, and noted blogger on things mysterious and medieval. She lives with her family in Menifee, California.
Disgraced knight Crispin Guest snoops for money, but when the client is found dead, Crispin is in the dead center of a complex plot involving a religious relic in 1383 London in this debut. Westerson lives in Menifee, CA.--Ann Kim Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Crispin Guest, a former knight who was stripped of his rank after being implicated in a plot against Richard II, now makes his living as a "tracker," the medieval equivalent of a PI, in Westerson's promising debut, set in 1384 London. Nicholas Walcote, a wealthy cloth merchant, hires Guest to investigate his younger and attractive wife, Philippa, whom he suspects of infidelity. Guest's cursory probe is derailed after his client is found stabbed to death in a locked room. Philippa retains Guest's services to find her husband's killer, who may have been motivated by Walcote's possessing a legendary relic reputed to force those in its proximity to tell the truth. While featuring a hard-boiled medieval sleuth instead of a monk or a nun may not be quite as groundbreaking as the author suggests in her afterword (e.g., Susanna Gregory's 14th-century Cambridge physician Matthew Bartholomew), this is nonetheless an entertaining read that makes the prospect of sequels welcome. (Nov.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"Brimming with historical detail and descriptions of life in 1383 London, Westerson's mystery debut is a brilliant tale of survival in a hostile environment, where anything can lead to death. Fans of medieval mysteries will put this on their reserve list. Highly recommended." --Library Journal (starred review)"This first installment in a planned series, introducing a conflicted hero and delving into the grim lives of ordinary people in medieval times, will appeal to mystery and history fans alike." --Kirkus Reviews"An entertaining read that makes the prospect of sequels welcome." --Publishers Weekly"This authentically detailed medieval mystery has an intriguingly dark edge that will appeal to fans of both historical fiction and noir." --Booklist