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Historical Fiction Review and Book Give-Away – Cup of Blood

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.


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23 Responses to “Historical Fiction Review and Book Give-Away – Cup of Blood”

  1. Terry P says:

    Fantastic series by a wonderful author. Love medieval stories and always have.

  2. TinkerPirate says:

    Oooooooo, sounds great!

  3. Lisa R. (keizerfire) says:

    Woohoo, would love to win this! And I can’t wait to get my mom started on this series!

  4. Lisa Kimbrough says:

    I’m really looking forward to reading this book!

  5. Lynda Mosher says:

    This is a new author for me and it sounds like a good one. I would love to win this book !!

  6. Judy Harmer says:

    Saw Jeri at the Tucson Festival of Books and have read them all. It can be a bit noir, which isn’t my favorite, but love the two who feature and Jeri’s knowledge of medieval times.

  7. Cheryl M. (hannamatt52) says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading the Crispin Guest series very much and I’m looking forward to reading this newest installment!

  8. Audrey D. (sunshine82) says:

    I haven’t read any of this series yet. But it sounds interesting.

  9. Vicki B. says:

    Looks like an interesting read.

  10. Sonal S. (ComeGo) says:

    Would love to read this. In fact ordering a copy through amazon now! Sounds very intriguing. Thanks for introducing me to this author.

  11. Ron R. says:

    Sounds great. I would like to give this series a try.

  12. cornmaiden8 says:

    Loving these Friday giveaways! Good luck everyone!

  13. Mollie P. (molliep) says:

    Looks interesting!

  14. ANNA S. (SanJoseCa) says:

    Love Crispin!

  15. Kelley O. (Kelleyanne) says:

    Historical mystery? Count me in!

  16. Renee L. says:

    Would love this book!

  17. Colleen says:

    Sounds great, I’d love to win!

  18. Malka E. (huskyshep) says:

    sounds good!

  19. Holly N. says:

    Really well researched historical novels. Can’t wait to read the latest!

  20. Ursula C says:

    Sounds like an interesting book!

  21. Jana P. (frtcksii) says:

    Sounds like another wonderful book/series for me to start!

  22. TinkerPirate says:

    Pick me!! Pick me!!!

  23. Heidi B. (kookie) says:

    Wow, I would be a very happy camper if I won.

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