Synopsis: 1390. Hailes Abbey, Gloucestershire, England. Two monks lie murdered, their Holy Blood relic stolen: a relic that is said to run liquid for the sinless and remain stubbornly dry for the sinner. Unwilling to become involved in a bitter dispute between a country monastery and Westminster Abbey, the disgraced former knight Crispin Guest attempts to return the relic to Hailes where it belongs, but somehow it keeps returning to his hands no matter what.
As he tries to shield a former nemesis from a charge of murder while becoming entangled with a mysterious and beautiful woman caught between Church politics and the dangerous intrigues of King Richard’s court, Crispin begins to suspect that someone at Westminster is conspiring with the assassins. Can the Blood of Christ point to the killer?
My review: Continuing my run of authors new to me. I enjoyed this one. There are lots of twists and turns and it’s nice to read crime novels where the detective (or rather Trapper as in here) relies on brain and wit rather than technology.
As much as I did like it and it’s an easy enough to read, it didn’t grab my attention enough to read all in one go. I did leave it halfway through to read 2 other books. And there were maybe one or two many twists. I lost track at the end of all the people who had ended up doing something wrong.
But I liked the relationship between Crispin and his apprentice Jack. I was intrigued by John and his alter ego Eleanor – not something you tend to see in more medieval books. When I did pick the book back up again I found it easy to get back into. It works well as a stand alone book having not read the others in the series. Overall a enjoyable book
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