Troubled Bones

TROUBLED BONES October 2011, $16.99
ISBN-13: 978-0312621636

Finalist for the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Bruce Alexander Historical Mystery Award, the Agatha, and the Macavity

The retelling of the unfinished Canterbury Tales as it might have happened…

Disgraced knight Crispin Guest gets himself into some serious trouble in London and as a result is forced to accept an assignment far out of town. The archbishop of Canterbury has specifically requested Crispin to investigate a threat against the bones of saint and martyr Thomas a Becket, which are housed in a shrine in Canterbury Cathedral. The archbishop has received letters threatening the safety of the artifacts, and he wants Crispin to protect them and uncover whoever is after them. But when he arrives at Canterbury, Crispin is accosted by an old acquaintance from court—one Geoffrey Chaucer—who has arrived with a group of pilgrims. Trapped in Canterbury, looking for a murderer, a hidden heretic, and a solution to the riddle that will allow him to go back home, Crispin Guest finds his considerable wit and intellect taxed to its very limit.

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“Jeri Westerson adds to the luster of her work about Medieval errant-knight Crispin Guest with her latest, Troubled Bones.  A creative and enthralling retelling of the Canterbury Tales, complete with a deftly-imagined Geoffrey Chaucer, Troubled Bones will delight Westerson’s many fans and bring in many more new ones. If you enjoy authentic Medieval history combined with modern suspense, this one’s for you.” –John Lescroart, bestselling author of the Dismas Hardy legal thriller series.

Top Pick! “This is a fantastic book you won’t want to put down.” –Romantic Times

“The Agatha Christie–like solution will please puzzle buffs, while series fans will welcome the author’s efforts to further flesh out the lead and his apprentice, Jack Tucker.” –Publishers Weekly

“A murderous spin on The Canterbury Tales.. a very readable combination of historical fact and mystery.” –Kirkus Review

“This is the fourth book in Westerson’s mystery series, but the first I have read. It will definitely not be the last . Westerson has created an attractive, intelligent protagonist in Crispin Guest and a delightful sidekick in Crispin’s apprentice Jack Tucker, a boy Crispin had rescued from the streets and taught to read and write. Her knowledge of medieval England is extensive, but it never feels as if she is lecturing the reader. Instead, she draws you into the world of her characters. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys medieval mysteries, and I look forward to meeting Crispin and Jack again.” — Historical Novel Society Review

“Troubled Bones succeeded in having me travel to another time and place through the masterful author, Jeri Westerson.” –Best Sellers’ World and the Council Bluff’s Daily Nonpareil