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Troubled Bones: A Medieval Noir (Crispin Guest Medieval Noir #4)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  219 ratings  ·  41 reviews
"Westerson has mastered her subject and has used that knowledge to create erudite entertainment."

--Richmond Times Dispatch on Veil of Lies

Disgraced knight Crispin Guest gets himself into some serious trouble in Londonand as a resultis forced to accept an assignment far out of town. The Archbishop of Canterbury has specifically requested Guest to investigate a threat again
ebook, 304 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Minotaur Books
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I am a fan of the Crispin Guest series and was anxiously awaiting the release of Troubled Bones. The books just keep getting better and better. Crispin Guest is back with his side kick Jack Tucker, the little thief that Crispin takes under his wing in Veil of Lies. Crispin has been summoned to Canterbury by the Archbishop. He is told that there is a Lollard plot a foot to steal the bones of St. Thomas and the Archbishop wants to protect the bones and to also root out any Lollards in their commun ...more
Rebekah Hendershot
Troubled Bones is so good, my father was asking to borrow it before I was finished. And then he actually read it. I don't think he's asked to borrow something I was reading in 10 years, let alone finished it before giving it back. Crispin Guest--bringing dysfunctional families together!

Troubled Bones is another delightfully twisty "medieval noir" in Westerson's excellent series. In addition to all the usual Crispin goodness--a disgraced ex-knight unraveling political intrigues, murder, and weird
I've been reading the Crispin series in chronological order beginning with the Prequel. It's amazing to follow Ms. Westerson's development as a writer. Crispin and the other characters truly come alive by the time you read Troubled Bones. As the tale is spun, Crispin and Jack are called by the Archbishop to Canterbury to foil a plot by religious dissenters to steal St. Thomas Becket's skeleton. (That really attracted me to the novel, since I have been a big fan of Thomas Becket stories since my ...more
Okay, Crispin has finally made it through an entire book without getting entirely smashed out of his mind - yes! There is hope for this character. I liked this installment better than The Demon's Parchment, the story is better and Crispin seems to be coming into his own. I also like that his treatment of Jack is more considerate, although he does continue to let his temper take control more often than not. That said, I will continue to read the series and enjoy the exploits of Crispin and Jack.
Slower than the others, so far. I miss London as the location. Update: It did pick up, but the setting just didn't measure up to London.
This is the fourth in Crispin Guest Medieval Noir Mystery

Crispin's reputation as "The Tracker" has grown and he is required by the Archbishop of Canterbury to protect the bones of martyred Saint Thomas Beckett. The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Becket had been murdered in the cathedral that now holds his bones, but there is suspicion that the bones are going to be stolen by a group that is looking to undermine the Catholic church. Crispin is to protect the bones which bring in money from pilg
I do enjoy this this series, and I love Jeri Westerson's style. Honestly, though, I didn't like Troubled Bones as much as I liked the other novels in this series.

First of all, I had a bit of a hard time wrapping my mind around the setting for this story (Canterbury instead of London), and I sort of felt like Westerson's normally brilliant ability to bring a setting to life was a bit lacking in this book. I couldn't really ever settle into the scene of Canterbury, so had a hard time mentally foll
Crispin Guest is a disgraced former knight, who has through necessity found another way to make a living. In previous novels, author Jeri Westerman has introduced this analytical gentleman, who has discovered his talent lies in detective work...In essence, he is the Medieval Sam Spade!

He has satisfactorily accomplished previous assignments in London, but his most recent job apparently got him in a little trouble, so he has accepted a new opportunity from no less than the Archbishop of Canterbur
Hazel West
Thoughts on the Overall Book: I always seem to be terrible at reviewing series books for some reason, but since this one was my favorite, I decided I should try and write at least one review for the series. Crispin was kind of one of those characters I fell in love with right off the bat, probably because the reader sympathizes with him, but I was hooked after the first book. "Troubled Bones" however, was my favorite because to me it had kind of an almost Agatha Christie flair. I love mysteries ...more
Ken Kugler
Troubled Bones, by Jeri Westerson, is another fun adventure for our hero Crispin Guest and his young apprentice, Jack Tucker. This time the call is to the Cathedral at Canterbury by none other than the Archbishop himself. There have been threats to the bone of Saint Thomas a Beckett and the Archbishop wants Crispin to find out who is threatening the bones of Saint Thomas as well as the income of the Cathedral at Canterbury.
A surprise, as usual, from his past appears in the form of Geoffrey Chau
There is something about this author that I find difficult to unravel. When I begin her books I am uncomfortable. Could it be that the writer has trouble bringing the reader (or me) into the story? It seems that this one has so much conversation in the beginning that description and story line are elusive. If anyone else has this problem let me know.

Once again Crispin Guest, known as The Tracker, has been hired to unravel a mystery. This one involves the bones of Thomas Beckett which rest at Can
Alana White
Jan 28, 2012 Alana White rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Mystery Lovers
Disgraced knight Crispin Guest is back in Troubled Bones, the fourth in Jeri Westerson's immensely enjoyable medieval noir series set in 14th-century England. Though his home is on the mean streets of London, this time around, Crispin travels to Canterbury, where he finds himself in the hire of the Archbishop of Canterbury, specifically to guard the bones of saint and martyr Thomas à Becket, on display in the cathedral. Crispin's loyal readers will not be surprised when Crispin, known as "the Tr ...more
The fourth in the Crispin Guest novels by Jeri Westerson. Crispin Guest is a disgraced knight who now solves mysteries and is known as the Tracker. This particular book has the added allure of being partially based on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales....and Crispin has to clear-or condemn-his friend Chaucer who has been accused of murder. A quick read....great characters and the author knows her time period well--yet doesn't make it difficult to believe you are in 1385 England.
Westerson's Medieval Noir series is always a fun, anticiapted read, and I always enjoy the was she infuses practical crime solving with religious intrigue. It has also been interesting to watch the evolution of it's main character, disgraced knight Crispin Guest, from being a bit of an ass in the first book and a drunkard for the second two, to the steadier, less bitter, charismatic leading man he is four installments later. Jack is endearing as ever, and I look forward to seeing what kind of ma ...more
Laura Ruetz
I thought that the third book in this series was my favorite, until I read this one. I can not even explain how thrilled I was that Geoffrey Chaucer is a character in this novel. I first experienced Chaucer in my high school English class and to see him appear on these pages was a happy event indeed. I love how we see Jack Tucker evolving and growing in each book, he and Crispin make a great pair. The writing is never stagnant in these books and every character comes to life on the pages through ...more
The usual for this series: reliably readable, but just a tad dull. I would have liked a bit more intrigue as well, instead of mostly getting a lesson (unneeded) in Chaucer and Thomas Becket. Far too much time is spent on characters that add nothing to the plot and that I didn't suspect for a half second were guilty of anything. Far too much time is also spent on Jack and (view spoiler) That reminded me a lot of Angel of Darkness, and that is not a good thing.
Another great book in the Crispin Guest series by Jeri Westerson. This time Crispin is charged to find the murderer of a nun and becomes entangled in a mystery involving the bones of Thomas Beckett.

The character development of our two protagonists, Crispin and Jack, continues as we find out more of what happened to Crispin in his past life as a knight. The additional cast of characters is also well drawn and include a special appearance by Geoffrey Chaucer. (I keep seeing Paul Bethany, from the
Lexie Graham
This series just keeps getting better and better. I always look forward the the crime-solving adventures of Crispin Guest and his young assistant Jack Tucker. In this outing they travel to Canterbury at the behest of the Archbishop to protect the bones of St. Thomas a Beckett. They meet up with an old friend of Guest, Geoffrey Chaucer, who becomes entangled in this story of murder and church politics. I also like the story of Crispin and Jack and their struggle to survive and prosper in this har ...more
Nancy Adams
A wonderful riff on The Canterbury Tales, though you don't have to know anything about them to thoroughly enjoy this historical mystery. Ms. Westerson's Crispin Guest series just keeps getting better. Especially enjoyable for this reader was the larger role given to Crispin's apprentice, Jack. Jack has some scenes all to himself, with winning effect, and we also witness his first heartaches from the pangs of romantic love.

I'm dusting off my Chaucer (bought but hardly read), inspired by the grea
If you have had the pleasure of reading the first three Crispin novels, you owe yourself Troubled Bones. The mystery is complex, the solution intriguing. It might have been best of all Crispin that reveals more of himself and grows more appealing, but in this novel the reader is given more of Jack, even traveling into his point of view. Not only does Jack make Crispin an even better man, but Jack adds so much to the reader's immersion in Crispin's world.

I'll not give away the plot. But Geoffrey
The ongoing unfolding tale of Tracker for the Crown, Crispin Guest, and his very young apprentice, Jack, will draw you into a tale of mystery, intrigue, and the touching, sometimes heartbreaking life of young Jack, rescued from the streets and learning how to be a sleuthing assistant to the once Knight, Crispin. Fun, intriguing, very historically interesting, and definitely a tale to lead one to want to know more about the adventures, and misadventures of both Crispin, Jack, and their King and C ...more
4.5 stars

Well, I take back what I said in my last review: this is the best book in the series... so far.

I still don't like how Crispin often jumps to conclusion, but that is who he is, so I have to (grudgingly) accept that. Mystery was interesting, Crispin is maturing, Jack is growing up and Geoffrey Chaucer is a wonderful addition to the series. I see that he will appear in the next book as well - I'd love to see Crispin (re)gaining another friend/learn more about his old life.
The best of the series so far! And I really enjoyed the play on Chaucer's group of pilgrims at Canterbury. As always, the interactions between the characters are great. Jack remains my favorite character, being the perfect foil to Crispin's focus and slight grumpiness. I'll have to re-read it and post a more thorough review. (Just now getting back to using Goodreads after a long time neglecting my not-entirely-formed shelves.)
I really enjoyed this medieval murder mystery. With colorful characters that include Geoffrey Chaucer in addition to the lead tracker Crispin Guest, this mystery is full of intrigue and surprises. Though I must confess, I guessed the culprit about halfway through the book, I did not guess all the details. So it was a most enjoyable read getting to the end. I plan to check out more in the series.
Brenda Haven
And yet again, another brilliant read from Jeri Westerson. I am only sad to say that I have now caught up having read all five in this series and must wait until the sixth one is published. A truly excellent author and series. I look forward to all future installments.
I can't remember who recommended this author. It's blurbed as a medieval noir. Those are two genres that really don't mix. I knew the killer as soon as the crime was committed. The author tried to mix in Geoffrey Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales, not terribly successfully.
Christianne Swearson
I'm really enjoying this series. Time period detail, really interesting main character, and lots of historical figures woven in. This one includes Geoffrey Chaucer as a character and is set as a retelling of the Canterbury Tales.
I liked this very much. Jeri Westerson brings what is to me a fresh take on the medieval mystery. It's darker, Crispin is rougher than the priests, nuns and coroners that populate this genre. I very much enjoy the series
Thoroughly researched and cleverly plotted, Troubled Bones is the very best of Westerson’s Medieval Noir series.

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Excellent medieval noir; this one expanded the character of Crispin Guest's protégé, Jack Tucker, which I found interesting. Lots of choice tidbits about life during medieval times.
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L.A. native Jeri Westerson writes the critically acclaimed “Crispin Guest Medieval Noir” series. Her protagonist is a disgraced knight turned detective, plying his trade on the mean streets of fourteenth century London. Author Tim Hallinan says about her latest CUP OF BLOOD, “CUP OF BLOOD starts like a clap of thunder. Crispin maintains his standing as one of today’s (and yesterday’s) most engagin ...more
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