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A missing Holy Relic. A mysterious and beautiful woman. Two murdered monks: Crispin Guest tackles his most intriguing investigation to date.
1390. Hailes Abbey, Gloucestershire, England. Two monks lie murdered, their Holy Blood relic stolen: a relic that is said to run liquid for the sinless and remain stubbornly dry for the sinner. Unwilling to become involved in a bitter dispute between a country monastery and Westminster Abbey, the disgraced former knight Crispin Guest attempts to return the relic to Hailes where it belongs, but somehow it keeps returning to his hands no matter what.
As he tries to shield a former nemesis from a charge of murder while becoming entangled with a mysterious and beautiful woman caught between Church politics and the dangerous intrigues of King Richard's court, Crispin begins to suspect that someone at Westminster is conspiring with the assassins. Can the Blood of Christ point to the killer?
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December 30, 2017
Continuing my run of authors new to me. I enjoyed this one. There are lots of twists and turns and it's nice to read crime novels where the detective (or rather Trapper as in here) relies on brain and wit rather than technology.
As much as I did like it and it's an easy enough to read, it didn't...
September 30, 2017
Whenever one of Ms. Westerson's Crispin books hits my Kindle or my hands, all other books go to the 'hold' list until I finish it. Her books are well researched. They are set in medieval times, which I find to be a fascinating period, and they are intelligent. Her descriptions make me feel like I...
January 12, 2018
This is my first visit with this author and I read this book as a stand alone. It is set in 1390 and we are introduced to Crispin Guest and his apprentice and side kick Jack Tucker. They have been approached by a mysterious lady for their help in finding her niece. But along with that a monk dies...
January 21, 2018
Originally published at Reading Reality
Season of Blood follows last year’s A Maiden Weeping, and Crispin seems to have learned very little from all the trouble he got into during that case.
A man dies on his doorstep with a knife in his back. In Crispin’s down-at-heels section of London, that actu...
November 17, 2017
It was fabulous to receive Jeri Westerson’s Season of Blood, a Crispin Guest medieval mystery,#10. I could not open the box fast enough & I began reading it immediately & read it right through to the end. The author describes medieval London so thoroughly. I loved reading about Crispin an...
October 17, 2017
This is the first historical fiction novel I've read in a while. I previously read and really enjoyed Simon Scarrow's books set in the times of the Roman empire, and also enjoy fantasy novels, so was keen to see how this stacked up. In short, I'll be reading the other books featuring Crispin Gues...
September 17, 2017
It is 1390 in London. Crispin Guest is being followed. He hides in a doorway only to find his stalker is a woman. She wants to hire him to locate her apparently abducted young neice who she believes has been taken by the former Lord Sheriff Simon Wynchecombe. He is a powerful figure indeed...
October 02, 2017
Crispin Guest an honored knight who has fallen from grace by an act of treason against the King has been hired as a "Tracker" to find a young women's niece from a former Sheriff whom Crispin is quite familiar with from past experiences. Cistercian monks, murderers, thieves, politicians, coppers,...
February 13, 2018
Official HNS review here: https://historicalnovelsociety.org/re...
Medieval mysteries is a genre that is flooded with many similar stories, characters that often blend into one another, and settings that are sometimes indistinguishable from one series to the next. It is a genre in which novels ca...
January 04, 2018
Crispin at his best!
Once again, The Tracker, Crispin Guest is dogged by a mysterious holy relic. This time 'the Holy Blood of Hailes.' A Ciscurcian monk arrives at Crispin's door with a dagger in his back, and a holy relic in his hand! And that's not all, Crispin recognizes the dagger. And so it...