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Blood Lance (Crispin Guest Medieval Noir #5)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  227 ratings  ·  53 reviews
"Among the most courageous and compelling protagonists at work in fictional detection." —Richmond Times-Dispatch

Crispin Guest, returning home after a late night, sees a body hurtling from the uppermost reaches of the London Bridge. Guest's attempted rescue fails, however, and the man—an armourer with a shop on the bridge—is dead. While whispers in the street claim that it
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Minotaur Books
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This fascinating series continues to draw me in with it's intrigue, murder, and heroic events! The author takes us down into the gritty streets of Medieval London, and draws us into the life that Crispin Guest and his ever faithful assistant/ apprentice Jack live and work within. They take risks to track and expose the dark deeds of both the nobility, and the ruffians who live in the shadows.

Geoffrey Chaucer an old friend of Crispin's from his day's in the king's favor is hanging about in the
Melisende d'Outremer
I loved it - my only regret is not having read the previous four instalments prior to this chapter in the adventures of Jeri's hero, Crispen. I would love to see these books turned into a series along the lines of Cadfael.
Debra Eve
Blood Lance represents the fifth outing of Crispin Guest, disgraced medieval knight. He was stripped of his title and lands for his part in a plot to overthrow the king so his mentor, John of Gaunt, could rule.

Crispin now roams the mean streets of 14th century London, eking out a living as the “Tracker” – finding goods and people who’ve gone missing. Sometimes, the odd murder and holy relic come his way.

This time he witnesses a body plummet from London Bridge. Crispin fishes the man from the r
Ashlea (
Sometimes I think I'm the only person in the world who doesn't read much in the mystery/thriller genre. But, even I love a good whodunit. Blame Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie, I guess.

This book had all the usual charms of a good whodunit - a mysterious murder, a detective without much respect for law enforcement and lots of secrets, other people with secrets, a trusty sidekick, a fun twist at the end. And just about 300 pages, which I like for a couple of nights of evening reading.

And, as an ad
Ann Noell
This is the fifth book of Crispin Guest, disgraced medieval knight, now eking out a living as " The Tracker" finding goods and people who've gone missing and sometimes the odd murder. I have read all 5 of the books and love them! The creative melding of detective noir and medieval lore is wonderful, and of course there is always a damsel in distress. If you like knights in shining armor, mysticism, mayhem, and the occasional dead body, you will this series.
Whether you’re a faithful fan of the series or a curious newcomer, you’re sure to find yourself absorbed in this clever historical whodunit.

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A great read. Jeri has quickly became one of the authors I look forward to reading. The story of Cris and Jack gets better with book.
Aug 30, 2012 Lynne marked it as to-read
I won this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Looking forward to reading it. Thank you.
Aug 30, 2012 Lulu marked it as to-read
I won this book from the first reads giveaways and I am so excited to read it. Thanks.
Full review to appear in the October issue of RT BOOKREVIEWS Magazine.
Judith Starkston
If you’ve previously missed out (as I had) on Jeri Westerson’s Crispin Guest, a disgraced medieval knight, now The Tracker, a medieval version of a private detective, you will want to remedy this mistake. Westerson writes “medieval noir” with a sense of humor and a solid base of history. You will not see the betrayals coming as the plot twists and the characters delight.

Blood Lance, fifth in the Crispin series, opens with Crispin crossing London on a cold October night after curfew, sick with a
Hazel West
Thoughts on the Overall Book: I think this is one of those series that gets better as it goes along, or at least in my opinion. Now I'm trying to decide whether I like this one or "Troubled Bones" better. They were both very good. I did really like the mix up mystery in this one where everyone was doing something else and all had another agenda and I was really kept guessing right to the end when you find out what really happened isn't what it looked like at all. That's the kind of mystery stori ...more
Dec 22, 2012 Skjam! rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery fans
Recommended to Skjam! by: Goodreads
Disclosure: I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway on the premise that I would review it. Also, I read an Advanced Reading Copy, and there may be small changes between it and the final product.

This is the fifth Crispin Guest novel, featuring a disgraced knight of the Fourteenth Century who takes up a career of detection, earning the nickname "Tracker." I have not read the previous volumes.

Guest happens to witness a man falling from a bridge into the Thames. By the time he reaches the
Ken Kugler
At the start of Blood Lance, the latest novel by Jeri Westerson, Crispin Guest, The Tracker, jumps into the river to save the man but finds that he was dead before he hit the water. Others are not convince so he sets out to prove it was not self murder, which would not allow the man, a armorer, enter heaven. Coincidently he is hired to find a spear that was said to have pierced the side of Christ while on the Cross and may have been purchased by the armorer.
His reputation has been growing and m
*I received this book for free through GoodReads First Reads!*

I was so excited to read this book that I didn't realize it was the fifth book in the series until I was a quarter of the way into it. I mention this because I am not normally one to read books out of order. I'm a details person, and it drives me crazy if I don't know what's going on. That being said, there were only a few times I felt that way while reading Blood Lance.

Crispin Guest is a medieval detective known as The Tracker. He s
Joan Szechtman
Jeri Westerson
Minotaur Books
334 pages
In BLOOD LANCE, Jeri Westerson delivers the fifth fast-paced medieval noir mystery featuring Crispin Guest, a degraded knight reduced to earning a meager living in the mean streets of late 14th-century London as a tracker, finder of lost valuables. However much Crispin tries to stick to finding lost objects, murder and relics that some think are worth killing for will find him, or as it transpires in this novel, fall into the Thames before Crispin’
Jenny GB
Full disclosure: I received a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads.

Mystery is not usually my main reading genre, but this book was really enjoyable and I had a great time reading it. Crispin Guest is a medieval sleuth in the style of Sherlock Holmes. He is a former knight that has honed his skills in interviewing people involved in mysterious events and in discerning what happened at the scene of a crime. In this novel, Crispin investigates the murder of a armorer and his two apprenti
Pamela Hofman
I recently finished "Blood Lance" but keep catching myself about to pick up the book again. I guess I'm subconsciously wishing it didn't have to end! You know you loved a book when you're sad it's over and spend the next few days constantly recalling it in your head. I couldn't wait for this newest edition in the Crispin Guest series, and it had everything I had hoped for. Intrigue! Action! Romance! Buddy chemistry! Fascinating new characters! And last, but nowhere near least, a joust! Yes, a jo ...more
I really enjoyed book 5 of the Crispin Guest series. I'd say it's the best so far (I'm looking forward to book 6!). Three people are murdered and Crispin and Jack investigate. Crispin also helps a knight he used to know in his former life and it all spins together. The religious relic this time? The spear that pierced Jesus' side on the cross. Several good plot twists made for exciting reading and I was actually holding my breath reading a description of a joust. Can't wait for the tv adaptation ...more
Stubborn, honourable and fallible--that Crispin, endearing and true!

It's London 1836. Trudging home in the dank mist of a moonlit night Crispin Guest attempts to rescue a man he witnesses falling into the Thames. The man's death turns from an apparent suicide to murder. Once again The Tracker turns his keen eye towards solving the mystery. Friends from the past appear, Lancaster is abroad, Geoffrey Chaucer is involved and power struggles swirl as a special council is appointed by Parliament to i
This is the most consistent series of books I've ever read. There is little to no difference in how much I like each of the books. The problem is, I've never really liked any of them. Blood Lance is no exception. It's readable, there are some good moments (mostly in regards to obscure, pre-War of the Roses English history), but nothing was very standout. The plot meandered about rather predictably, the characters were completely predictable to me-which is both good and bad-and nothing was awesom ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Crispin Guest was a former knight stopped of title and rank after his participation in a failed rebellion. His life was spared by the efforts of his mentor and now he makes his living finding and returning things. After he tries to rescue a man who is later determined was murdered, he is hired to find the killer. A knight and former friend also hires him to find a relic which might be the spear that pierced the side of Jesus. A fair who-done-it.
This was my first book in this series, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. It starts Tracker Crispin Guest in a precious position and keeps him on the edge of the cliff the whole way. The historical context was quite interesting and the backstabbing politics of the court were a significant factor in the telling even if irrelevant to some degree to the solution. Making King Richard and Geoffrey Chaucer into real people with their many flaws speaks to the skill of this author. The Spear is a great maguff ...more
Laura Ruetz
Another medieval mystery featuring Crispin Guest and his apprentice Jack. The characters continue to evolve, which helps connect the reader to them. So many characters are so two dimensional and flat but these novels are anything but. The characters have depth and the language of the books brings everything to life on the page. Geoffrey Chaucer makes another appearance in this novel and we continue to follow Crispin on the trail of another relic. If you love mysteries, these are simply amazing t ...more
Julia Hendon
This is number five, I think, in the series but the first one for me. There is enough background information to figure out the main character's back story but the story works on its own. The 14th-century setting is unusual and well realized although I would have liked a bit more detail on the sights, sounds, and smells of London. The main character, Crispin Guest, a disgraced former knight now working as, essentially, a private detective, is naive, hot-headed, and depressed, but also believable. ...more
Brenda Haven
This is the first book I have read in this series by Jeri Westerson. I received it from the Goodreads Giveaway as an ARC. I loved it! I am definitely going to be looking for the previous books in this series. While reading this book, I could tell that there were other books in the series since there were events discussed from them. This did not detract from this story, it merely made me want to get copies of all of her other books and catch up! I loved the main character, Crispin Guest and his a ...more
I've really enjoyed each book in this series and this was no exception. In this one Crispin sees a body fall from the London bridge, jumps in the icy water to save the person, only to find out that the person was dead before hitting the water. Against his own better judgement starts investigating the murder. Crispin thinks he might have a chance at love with Anabel, but how wrong is he about that. There are two new Sheriffs of London, and while the other Sheriffs have pretty much been idiots, th ...more
Okay, Christmas is over; if you didn't get a copy of Blood Lance from Santa, run out and buy one for yourself!
This 'medieval noir' series featuring Crispin Guest and sidekick/helper Jack is a real delight. I can't think of any other characters or authors who get across so much fascinating medieval detail and information in such a delightful way. If you have hung back from reading this series because your history knowledge is weak, don't fear, Ms. Westerson makes it painless - you will be so caug
Thanks to Goodreads for the chance to read this book.

Having read a previous Crispin Guest novel, it was fun to reacquaint myself with his adventures.
These books are written with historical references to the proper time period with several mysteries to solve. These mysteries are investigated only with the power of observation and the skill to question everything.
I enjoyed reading this novel as well as the acknowledgments (where I learn more about the time period).
This is a fun read.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Crispin Guest Medieval Noir (7 books)
  • Veil of Lies (Crispin Guest, #1)
  • Serpent in the Thorns (Crispin Guest, #2)
  • The Demon's Parchment (Crispin Guest, #3)
  • Troubled Bones (Crispin Guest, #4)
  • Shadow of the Alchemist (Crispin Guest, #6)
  • Cup of Blood (Crispin Guest #7)
Veil of Lies (Crispin Guest, #1) Serpent in the Thorns (Crispin Guest, #2) The Demon's Parchment (Crispin Guest, #3) Troubled Bones (Crispin Guest, #4) Shadow of the Alchemist (Crispin Guest, #6)

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