Veil of Lies

Veil of Lies

A Medieval Noir

Book - 2009
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In London of 1384, Crispin Guest is a disgraced knight, living on his wits, who turns to private investigations to support himself. His current case involves a merchant who suspects his wife of adultery, and is then murdered in a sealed room locked from the inside.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2009, c2008
Edition: 1st Minotaur Books paperback ed
ISBN: 9780312580124
Characteristics: viii, 278 p. ; 21 cm

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CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 13, 2018

Crispin Guest has been stripped of his knighthood, his honor, and his place in society. He must now live by his wits.

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blueroo276
Jan 18, 2018

I felt that I *should* have liked this book, but I didn't. Far too "gritty," and no characters that I particularly liked. There are many more pleasant historical mystery series out there.

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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andreareads
Nov 21, 2011

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

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