Cup of Blood by Jeri Westerson
Review by Cheryl G. (Poncer)
Cup of Blood is a prequel to Jeri Westerson’s Crispin Guest series. Set in Medieval London, Crispin, a defrocked knight has turned his attention to solving mysteries.
In this book, we get the backstory of how Crispin met his partner, Jack Tucker, though Crispin won’t readily admit that he needs a partner.
The books begins in a tavern, where someone has been murdered. Turns out he is a member of the Knights of Templar, thought to be long disbanded.
Through out the book we get to experience old London through Crispin eyes, experiencing the dangers and conditions that make merely living there a risky proposition. From the back alleys to the gloom of Newgate Prison, to the grandeur of Westminster Palace, we are privileged to have an inside peak at what the city must have been like in the late 1300’s.
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.
Below are the books in the Crispin Guest series:
Jeri Westerson has generously offered to give a copy of her new book, Cup of Blood to one lucky PBS member who comments here on the Blog. You have until Friday, August 1, 2014 at 12 nooon EDT. Winner will be announced on Saturday, August 2, 2014.