Veil of Lies : Crispin Guest

  • by Jeri Westerson
  • Narrated by Michael Page
  • Series: Crispin Guest
  • 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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)

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Customer Reviews

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Any interest in plot spoiled by overdone narration

I love historical fiction and having finished the Shardlake series was looking for something else. To be fair, I am only fifteen minutes in and I (foolishly) didn't listen to a sample but any danger of being interested in the plot has been deafened by the narration. The reader has a fine voice, but the style is overdone. He is not reading. He is declaiming. Literally sounds like he is reading a script to an audition panel. The accents are ok but there's no inflection and (might sound silly) he doesn't pause for long enough between phrases or for portions of conversation between Crispin and whoever his current interlocutor is. It's knackering being bellowed at - I'm deleting it. Don't buy before sampling - lesson learned.
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- Jessica

Interesting, but not the top of the pile.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Lovers of Medieval mysteries would enjoy it.


How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The sex scene was really uncessesary and did not add anything to the story, nor was in needed in terms of character development. One gets the impression it was thrown in just to keep certain types of reader interested.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

I did enjoy the mystery and the elements of political intrigue, as well as the involvement of various historical figures. Crispin's sharp tongue, quick wit and sarcasm often get him into trouble, but can be endearting.


Any additional comments?

An interesting Medieval mystery, that does well for being written by an American (its not very noticable), although I stilll prefer Cadfael and the Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton.

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- Medieval Lady

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-03-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios