Serpent in the Thorns

Serpent in the Thorns Jeri Westerson
  • Title: Serpent in the Thorns
  • Author: Jeri Westerson
  • ISBN: 9780312534981
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Serpent in the Thorns Jeri Westerson Serpent in the Thorns Convicted of treason Crispin Guest was stripped of his title his land his money and his friends Now with only his considerable wits to sustain him Guest works the mean streets of th century Lond
    Convicted of treason, Crispin Guest was stripped of his title, his land, his money and his friends Now with only his considerable wits to sustain him, Guest works the mean streets of 14th century London, building a small reputation for his skill In 1383, a simple minded tavern girl comes to his door a body was found where she works and she s the only person who could havConvicted of treason, Crispin Guest was stripped of his title, his land, his money and his friends Now with only his considerable wits to sustain him, Guest works the mean streets of 14th century London, building a small reputation for his skill In 1383, a simple minded tavern girl comes to his door a body was found where she works and she s the only person who could have killed him Except for the fact that the man was killed in place by a precisely aimed crossbow bolt Making matters worse, the murdered man was one of three couriers from the French king, transporting a relic intended to smooth the troubled relations between France and England Events quickly spin out of control and Guest now finds himself the prime suspect in the murder, one with terrible diplomatic implications As the drumbeat of war between the two countries grow, Guest must unravel the con spiracy behind the murder to save not only his country, but himself as well.
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    About Jeri Westerson


    1. Los Angeles native JERI WESTERSON is the author of ten Crispin Guest Medieval Noir novels, a series nominated for 12 national awards from the Agatha to the Shamus Her first in the series, Veil of Lies was named Editor s Choice by the Historical Novel Society Review, her third The Demon s Parchment received a coveted starred review by Library Journal, and her sixth, Shadow of the Alchemist, was named Best of 2013 by Suspense Magazine Also in 2013, her fifth novel Blood Lance was named one of the Ten Hot Crime Novels for Colder Days by Kirkus Reviews For her debut urban fantasy series, Booke of the Hidden, releasing this Halloween, Jeri was invited as a paneled author to the upcoming Dragon Con Jeri was featured on two local NPR shows, My Awesome Empire and KVCR Arts She has served as president of the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, as vice president for the Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters in Crime, and twice president of the Orange County Chapter of Sisters in Crime She frequently guest lectures on medieval history at local colleges and museums, and lives in southern California with her home brewing husband, a complacent desert tortoise, and 40,000 bees See about Jeri at JeriWesterson or visit BOOKEoftheHIDDEN for exclusive content about her new series and a fabulous booke trailer.


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    1. Reading the first book in the series, I found I liked the fact that the stories are set in medieval times, because it is not what I typically read I enjoyed the character and how the story progressed The lone flaw was that the writing in certain spots didn t work for me.In book 2, I felt the same way The pacing was good, there were some nice twists as the story progressed I was glad to see that there wasn t as much interaction with the local sheriff in this book And the development of Crispin wi [...]

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    2. A 3.5 maybe Crispin Guest remains a dashing and intriguing character reminiscent of Errol Flynn His exploits sometimes stretch credulity, but that remains fun rather than irritating to me I ll continue with the series, but this book read flatter than the first The plot seemed painfully predictable at times, and for such a smart fellow, Crispin can at times be rather dim Mostly, I suspect, for the author s convenience in stretching out the mystery Crispin ignores an obvious clue early on, and con [...]

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    3. Westerson has accomplished an extraordinary rendering of the back streets of London during the early years of the reign of Richard II If the pace of action seems measured it is because she takes the time to bring the reader into the most intimate contact with her novel s world And she brings us veritably under the skin of her debased former knight and poverty stricken sleuth, Crispin Guest Finding a suitable language for characters in the past to speak is always a delicate matter The 19th centur [...]

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    4. Second in this medieval mystery series featuring Crispin Guest, a former knight who was stripped of lands, title and wealth but spared his life when caught in a treasonous plot seven years previously against young King Richard Now he lives in the London slums and works as a Tracker, basically a private detective In this book, he is hired by a scullion in an inn, whose mentally challenged sister keeps confessing to the killing of a French courier who was carrying a relic that may be the genuine C [...]

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    5. This is my second in the adventures of Crispin Guest degraded knight, and many of the questions that I had after the first book were answered here.This was an ebook that I started on my reader and maybe got about 25% through when a real book arrived and I started on that instead It is in this books favour that I could return to it so easily and not have lost track of the story despite the interruption.It is a good yarn with a reasonable plot and well drawn characters The who done it element was [...]

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    6. Jeri Westerson kicks up the intensity in Serpent in the Thornsbook two of her Crispin Guest series As a writer, I wanted to see what changes she s made since Veil of Lies book one Here s what she gives her fans tight, believable plot crisp dialogue, escalating conflicts, surprising twists, emotional intensity, and a 14th Century London that comes alive I was particularly drawn to her deft handling of dialogue tags rather than the common he said she said For historical fiction, this is a fast re [...]

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    7. Former knight turned street detective Crispin Guest begins an investigation into the death of a French courier transporting a holy relic to Richard II Soon he himself becomes not only a target of the killer but also a prime suspect in an attempt on the king s life On the run from the authorities and desperate to clear his name by finding the true assassin, he returns to court and discovers than he bargained for including the truth behind the plot that led to his downfall and almost cost him his [...]

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    8. Another great installment by Jeri Westerson This book was a page turner and a great read I would have never guessed that I could be hooked by an adventures of a P.I in Medieval, England, as I pretty much devoured this book in a couple of days Great writing, and great storyline I highly recommend this book Can t wait for the next one

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    9. Good twisty turny plot, honorable outlaw protagonist, good use of history, but really lousy editing This book was published by a major publisher who do they hire to edit their books The author was very, very poorly served by her publisher I wish her luck.

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    10. This was a very good story I was mystified as to whodunit until the very end That makes for a good mystery.I do want Crispin to get his sword back.

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    11. Love it The feel is right for my interpretation of the time Very sensual you can almost smell the dung and offal Just the right amount of violence.

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    12. The Tracker, Crispin Guest, is approached by a dim witted scullery maid, Grayce, who confesses to murdering a man in her quarters beneath the inn where she works When examining the scene and the body, Crispin meets her sister and keeper, Levith The dead Frenchman is wearing ambassador livery and has a Crown of Thorns in his bags Grayce cannot be moved from her confession which holds no weight as the man is arrowshot.Jack, Crispins cutpurse urchin servant is running amok, pursued by two men he ha [...]

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    13. I ve enjoyed the stories and books I ve read in this series by Jeri Westerson, and I m enjoying getting to know the main character Crispin Guest Westerson has created a complex, likable character in a fascinating historic medieval setting Along with the main mystery, there is a web of intrigue about Crispin s past and the events that led to his current impoverished circumstances The novel is fast paced Crispin goes from danger to worse danger, always trying to stay a step ahead of the Sheriff Hi [...]

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    14. I listened to the audiobook version of this title, which is not listed on this site, and read some of the ebook from my library In some ways, I enjoyed it Crispin is an interesting and relatable character, and little Jack Tucker is such a dear However, there are various holes in the plot, execution and characterization that bring the rating down.One of these is the excessive references to torture Seriously, torture was banned under English common law, except in cases of heresy or treason, so I v [...]

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    15. Serpent in the Thorns by Jeri WestersonJeri Westerson,Medieval mysteries,noir mysteries,knights announce me to you mastere name is Crispin Guest Murder and courtly intrigue recalling the people involved in the Tracker s fall from grace are woven into Book 2 of the Crispin Guest novels including Lancaster, the Abbot of Westminster Abbey, and of course Richard.As a character, Guest has developed further in Westerson s second novel He s rounding out, has substance and feels like an old friend He s [...]

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    16. Another fabulous installment in Jeri Westerson s Crispin Guest Medieval Noir series This story was packed with intrigue, and action, arrows flying all over the place, assassination attempts on kings and nobility, and through it all Crispin serves as the dashing, heroic, honorable and very banged up disruptor of plots and solver of mysteries.I did have the prime conspirators in this story pegged very, very early on, but there were certainly twists that I did not see coming The mysteries are prett [...]

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    17. Source Public LibraryOn occasion I enjoy reading books set a very different locale Since I write American historical fiction and science fiction, I m drawn to something that isn t in my bailiwick Serpent in the Thorns certainly fit that.I was immediately swept into the 14th century London setting Jeri Westerson does a great job conveying sense of place one of the keys to keeping me a happy reader The mystery involving series protagonist Crispin Guest, was intricate and filled with action as Gues [...]

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    18. 3.5 stars I really wish would figure a way to allow individuals to do half stars The second installment in the Crispin Guest series, Spent in the Thorns was a fast paced read A simpleton comes to Crispin, telling him that she killed a man Crispin goes with her and finds a man wearing the livery of the French court dead of an arrow shot in her room With him is a reliquary containing the Crown of Thorns that supposedly adorned Jesus head at the crucifixion Those who wear it become invincible Crisp [...]

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    19. Did this as a buddy read and wasn t impressed I ve read an awful lot of historical fiction, and while I ll never be a historian, I think I ve absorbed a sense for several periods in history, including this one late 1300s It grates on me when a book isn t true to it s time period and setting The spell of an otherwise good story is easily broken by anachronisms and other errors A few quickies the Duke of Lancaster, John of Gaunt, who according to a quick web search is the 16th wealthiest person in [...]

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    20. Convicted of treason, Crispin Guest was stripped of his title, his land, his money and his friends Now with only his considerable wits to sustain him, Guest works the mean streets of 14th century London, building a small reputation for his skill In 1383, a simple minded tavern girl comes to his door a body was found where she works and she s the only person who could have killed him Except for the fact that the man was killed in place by a precisely aimed crossbow bolt Making matters worse, the [...]

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    21. The second book in the Crispin Guest series did not disappoint once again the plot hinges on a Maltese Falcon sacred relic complicating the life of the hard boiled detective Jeri Westerson did an exemplary job in the previous novel showing the readers how Crispin s reputation and fortunes were destroyed by the consequences of one terrible decision leaving him with nothing to cherish but his personal honour and his faith in one man that he believes in Those remains are the foundations on which Cr [...]

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    22. Crispin is back in the second book in this Medieval mystery series This time he has a young man, Jack, who has sort of made Crispin take him under his wing Crispin, known as the tracker, has a woman show up at his boarding room who is very slow, mentally She tells Crispin that there is a dead man at her room and she must have killed him even if she does not remember doing so The man is a French courier, who is bringing the CROWN OF THORNS to the king of England Yes, that crown of thorns It seems [...]

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    23. I m looking forward to reading Crispin Guest mysteries for years to come.In this book Crispin wakes up to find a woman asking for his help There s a dead man in me room He realizes that she was a bit dim But become s intrigued when she confesses to the crime In this second book in the series Crispin is still very much angry about having ended up in his current state of affairs, no land, not money, no title While investigating the scene of the murder he thinks he see s a way to try and get back [...]

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    24. Return to the life of The Tracker, Crispin Guest, who finds a young woman in his room The woman asks Guest to help her because there is a dead man in her room She declares that she killed him Guest know that this is highly unlikely because the man has an arrow in his chest Next to his body is a chest which holds a crown of thorns The man is French, a courier.The arrow in the courier s chest is identical to one shot at Crispin and at the sister of the young woman A chest by the courier has a crow [...]

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    25. I loved this second novel in the Crispin Guest Medieval Noir Series Jeri Westerson has certainly made her mark in the mystery genre, and given it it such a wonderfully new spin I love the idea of Medieval Noir It has such a nice ring to it, and there are so many places to go with it Of course, I am looking forward to Crispin s next adventure He s such an intriguing and noble character He comes across a crown of thorn in this book Could it truly be the crown of thorns Who murdered the courier in [...]

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    26. Crispin Guest is still the Tracker and well known in London for his ability to help find things up to and including murderers As the story opens a slow serving girl is in his rooms saying a dead French man is in her rooms and since no one else is there she must have killed him She turns to him as her sister was out and didn t know what else to do He returns with her to the scene of the crime and finds a dead man with a well made arrow in him along with a crown of thorns Letters identify him as o [...]

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    27. If you like medieval times then this is a great book to read this story is about a guy named Crispen who lives poorly and wants a better life this book was very well written all though i started on book 2 first The book is action packed end on end thriller to me I loved the part when he fliped miles over and was like throat or gut ither way you are going to die This is one of the many books i have loved and i don t read very much this book starts off as Crispen the tracker he recovers lost thing [...]

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    28. I enjoyed this medieval noir Crispin, a former knight now peasant, is coming to learn what is truly important to him He s smart, sexy, resourceful, a good hero The book had several similarities to the first in the series a woman in distress, a religious relic, but the story was well plotted and did keep me guessing until the end Once again, I love the setting, London in the late 1300 s, and I m beginning to feel like I know the characters I ll definitely be reading the next in the series.

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    29. I like this Crispin Guest seriesd was surprised to find out that this is only the third one I do, however, wish that the author would figure out a way to get Crispin some new clothes, rather than to continue on and on about how he has worn the same things for years upon years JAck s gradual development as Crispin s servant is fun to see, and the glimpses into the poverty stricken side of London is not what is always presented Grim, ugly and yet real life for people than lived the glamorous life [...]

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    30. This is a hard boiled detective story that takes place in the middle ages The main character is a disgraced former knight who ekes out a meager living by solving mysteries That s a pretty innovative idea, but a book needs than that to keep interest This one isn t too engaging at first I did think the ending was surprising and exciting, though.Also, despite clearly emulating the hard boiled realistic style of detective novels, this book takes a few small detours into the supernatural for no perc [...]

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