Veil of Lies

Veil of Lies

A Medieval Noir

Book - 2008
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"A great read, through and through.  Westerson's finely wrought portrait of gritty Medieval London is embued with great wit and poignancy.  Crispin Guest is a knight to remember." -- Cornelia Read, author of A Field of Darkness, on Veil of Lies.   Crispin Guest is a disgraced knight, stripped of his rank and his honor - but left with his life - for plotting against Richard II.  Having lost his bethrothed, his friends, his patrons and his position in society.  With no trade to support him and no family willing to acknowledge him, Crispin has turned to the one thing he still has - his wits - to scrape a living together on the mean streets of London.  In 1383, Guest is called to the compound of a merchant - a reclusive mercer who suspects that his wife is being unfaithful and wants Guest to look into the matter.  Not wishing to sully himself in such disgraceful, dishonorable business but in dire need of money, Guest agrees and discovers that the wife is indeed up to something, presumably nothing good.  But when he comes to inform his client, he is found dead - murdered in a sealed room, locked from the inside.  Now Guest has come to the unwanted attention of the Lord Sheriff of London and most recent client was murdered while he was working for him.  And everything seems to turn on a  religious relic - a veil reported to have wiped the brow of Christ - that is now missing.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312379773
0312379773
Branch Call Number: FICTION WESTERSON
Characteristics: viii, 280 p. ; 22 cm

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harrybrowne Aug 19, 2015

This entire series (and I have read them all) is outstanding. Westerson writes cleanly and simply, and she knows her history. Crispin Guest is a likeable and sympathetic character, with a touch of humor that helps get through the sometimes gruesome stories of 14th century London. Highly recommended.

bookfanatic1979 Sep 24, 2012

Hardboiled detective fiction meets locked room puzzle meets medieval mystery. I’ll have to see what the next book is about before I commit to this series.

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andreareads
Nov 21, 2011

This book is billed as "Medieval Noir" and I'm afraid while I liked the Medieval I wasn't so keen on the Noir. The author has obviously done her research on 14th century London and describes the setting well. The characters and their actions, on the other hand, didn't always ring true to me. I didn't find the tough guy detective particularly likable and wondered how he managed to keep from starving given how picky he was about what jobs he would take. I could have done with a bit less of people getting slapped, punched, beaten up and nearly killed, too, but maybe that's just me . . .

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Nov 21, 2011

In this family . . . old hurts are never set aside. They are simply stored for future use.

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