Cup of Blood

A Crispin Guest Prequel

CUP OF BLOOD
Old London Press (paperback), July 2014, $13.99
ISBN-13: 978-1497476127

London 1384  When a corpse turns up at his favorite tavern, Crispin begins an inquiry, but the dead man turns out to be a Knight Templar, an order thought to be extinct for 75 years, charged with protecting a certain religious relic which is now missing. Before he can begin to investigate, Crispin is abducted by shadowy men who are said to be the minions of the French anti-pope. Further complicating matters are two women: one from court with an enticing proposition, and another from Crispin’s past, dredging up long-forgotten emotions he would rather have left behind. And as if all that weren’t bad enough, a cunning young cutpurse by the name of Jack Tucker has insinuated himself into Crispin’s already difficult life. The deeper Crispin probes into the murder, the more it looks like the handiwork of an old friend turned adversary. With enemies from all sides, Crispin has his hands full in more than murder.

“Steeped in vivid historical detail, focused on a heroic protagonist and structured toward a shocking and shattering climax, “Cup of Blood” cements Westerson’s bona fides as a master of medieval murder.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Westerson paints a murky portrait of a medieval world suitably full of shadowy characters and unexpected twists and turns”.– Booklist

“CUP OF BLOOD starts like a clap of thunder… Crispin maintains his standing as one of today’s (and yesterday’s) most engaging private eyes. I loved it!” – Timothy Hallinan, author of the Poke Rafferty Bangkok thrillers and the Junior Bender mysteries.

“Crispin Guest and Jack Tucker are the Don Quixote and Sancho Panza of 14th century London, on their own grand adventures to right wrongs and maintain the knight’s code of chivalry and honor…” –Lesa Holstine, Librarian

“The complex, swift-moving plot unfolds against a realistically detailed atmosphere of 14th-century London…It would be hard to improve on this exceptional historical mystery.” — Sarah Johnson, Reading the Past blog

The author creates a provocative tale…one with an involved plot and an unexpected climax.” — Historical Novel Society

“Jeri Westerson makes history alive in her matter of fact writing style. She makes it very hard to put one of her books down, and I often read them well past my bedtime.” Paperback Swap

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