☆ Read Á Traitors Codex (Crispin Guest Medieval Noir #12) by Jeri Westerson ☆ babyandbeyondshow.co.uk

☆ Read Á Traitors Codex (Crispin Guest Medieval Noir #12) by Jeri Westerson ☆ An Ancient And Mysterious Book Leads Crispin Guest Into A Deadly Maze In This Latest Medieval Noir Mystery Crispin Guest, Tracker Of London, Is Enjoying His Ale In The Boar S Tusk Tavern Until A Stranger Leaves A Mysterious Wrapped Bundle On His Table, Telling Him, You Ll Know What To Do Inside Is An Ancient Leather Bound Book Written In An Unrecognizable Language Accompanied By His Apprentice, Jack Tucker, Crispin Takes The Unknown Codex To A Hidden Rabbi, Where They Make A Shocking Discovery It Is The Gospel Of Judas From The Holy Land, And Its Contents Challenge The Very Doctrine Of Christianity ItselfCrispin Is Soon Drawn Into A Deadly Maze Involving Murder, Living Saints, And Lethal Henchmen Why Was He Given The Blasphemous Book, And What Should He Do With It A Series Of Horrific Events Confirm His Fears That There Are Powerful Men Who Want It And Who Will Stop At Nothing To See It Destroyed 4 starsInto Crispin Guest s hands falls a very old book, recently re covered but the pages are written on papyrus It is the Gospel of Judas Iscariot It challenges and contradicts in some ways the current understanding of Christianity Crispin suspects that he should destroy the book, but it does not belong to him and he loves books What to do It is a time of religious upheaval in England The up and coming Protestants are rallying for followers amongst the citizenry especially a group called the Lollards The Catholic Church, and King Richard, are incensed at what they see as heresy When Crispin is attacked in the street, the tension in an already tense story ratchets up Then a trail of murdered men follow in Crispin s wake The people he spoke to about the book are being killed While traveling from place to place in search of the killers of his acquaintances, he and his apprentice Jack solve several and varied crimes He is ushered into King Richard s presence and accused of a plot to murder Richard s queen He gets away on the strength of his past friendship with the king Crispin is finally pressured into promising to turn the book over to a nefarious Bishop Will he go through with it Will he sove the mysterious identity of the man who gave him the book Will he and Jack get out of this sticky situation alive This book is very well written in Jeri Westerson s usual style The premise is most interesting, especially given the era in which it is set While perhaps not so controversial in today s world, it was virtually explosive and heretical back then Anyone caught in possession of such a book could be burned at the stake The novel is written in a casual easy to read linear style I enjoy these Crispin Guest novels Not only are they exciting, but they give the reader a glimpse into life both the wealthy and the poor in England at the time I am awaiting the release of the next Crispin novel.
I want to thank NetGalley and Severn House Severn House Publishers for forwarding to me a copy of this great book for me to read, enjoy and review.
Of rogues and relics God s blood A most favorite medieval oath in Crispin Guest novels And oh my goodness, a sharp comment on this Crispin novel with surprises around every corner I don t want to give anything away but the encounters dogging Crispin s progress are almost a catalogue of The Tracker s life until now.
Miraculous really So Crispin is having a drink at his favorite watering hole, the Boar s Tusk tavern when some unknown fellow leaves a parcel for him with the words, You ll know what to do with it The roughly wrapped bundle is an ancient leather bound book written in an unknown language, although our Crspin has some clue However as he goes about trying to have this codex deciphered, death dogs those individuals he involves Powerful enemies are abroad This relic, shrouded in secrecy, is attracting those who would destroy all knowledge of it Crispin fears for the life of Jack Tucker s family, now his family Crispin and Jack have added impetuous for solving the mystery Added to this there seems to be a person abroad presenting himself to Londoners as The Tracker This cannot be allowed to continue Crispin s tracker reputation is all he has left and he guards it jealously.
Thinking back to the younger Crispin and contrasting him to the olderthoughtful, even wiser person he now is, rounds out the Crispin we all know and love, even when we are cross with him.
In many ways this story, apart from the mysteries involved, is a catalogue that points towards the emotional healing of Crispin Thismature Crispin is a soothing balm.
I m hoping forresolution in this area in future works.
A Severn House ARC via NetGalley What a enjoyable character, this Crispin Guest This was the first book I read in this series, but I had no trouble at all to get to know Crispin and his extended family Sometimes it is hard for a modern human being to realize how utterly important written texts were in a time when only a very small part of the population could read and write Did Judas really write the book Crispin so unexpectedly receives What are the consequences Crispin has to use all his wits to try and take the right decisions.
A nice read with entertaining characters and good atmospheric details.
Thanks to NetGally for this digital copy.
What a great book I was attracted to the book by the description, but not sure I should start reading a series at book 11 Even though I d not read any other books in the series, the author did an excellent job providing the reader with enough background information that it was very easy to pick up what the characters had experienced in prior books The combination of a good mystery with actual historical characters and events, and thought provoking context makes this book a winner I was hooked from the start and read the book in one setting This book has many interwoven story lines from a mysterious delivery of the codex, to impostors, to a queen having passed away to a visit from a holy woman The reader is present with the main characters as they interact with a not so nice bishop, the Duke of Lancaster, King Richard, and Julian of Norwich, to name a few I did not want this book to end and will now go back and read the first 10 while anxiously awaiting release of number 12 I highly recommend this book This is another solid book in the Crispin Guest series I have been a fan of these from the beginning, and really enjoy the author s writing style Crispin is a disgraced knight in medieval London, earning a living as a tracker, who solves crimes along with Jack Tucker Jeri has written dynamic characters with Crispin and Jack, and I have watched them evolve and grow with each book She has filled the book with the small details that bring the setting to life, and the people as well From small mannerisms, to how and what they say, we get a full picture of the people and the places in the book.
It s an easy going writing style, that is easy to read and it feels like you are revisiting an old familiar friend with each new book The characters never fall flat, nor do they feel stagnant as each book sees change and growth This is what makes this such an engaging series for me.
The mystery at the heart of this book is an old book that Crispin finds himself in possession of The book is so dangerous that the people he speaks to while trying to learn about the book are all killed The story is full of tension, and twists The plot and subplots all work together and this is an engaging read You won t want to put it down.
Wow Is that not the most intriguing blurb ever That, and the very gorgeous cover, drew me in And, it didn t even matter that this was the twelfth book in a series, which just proves the quality of the writing.
The story takes place, for the most part, in late 14th century London Crispin Guest, a former knight is now living in The Shambles with his apprentice Jack Tucker and Jack s young family.
In his role as a tracker now a detective in modern parlance , Crispin is used to handling odd cases, but not of the sort that is dropped on his table in the Boar s Tusk Tavern He takes the mysterious parcel home and unwraps it to find an old book written in a language he cannot decipher.
He seeks out those he hopes can identify the book and its language, and while he succeeds in that, the repercussions for those who aid him are fatal Now he knows the book is a missing Gospel the Judas Gospel and one which the Catholic Church deems as dangerous and therefore must be destroyed There are those amongst the shadows who wish to relieve him of the book, but they have seriously underestimated Crispin if they believe he will simply hand it over.
As Crispin endeavours to keep the book safe, in the hope of returning it to its rightful owner, other events besides those intent on doing him harm if he holds on to the book distract him The three men who helped him out earlier are murdered, there s an impostor posing as him and putting his reputation at risk, and he is drawn back into the court of King Richard II when the Queen dies Having been banished years before, this move puts his life in danger but he cannot stay away.
With all this going on, the author still adds depth to Crispin s life outside of his job Firstly, with details of his lost love and the young son he cannot acknowledge, then with an insight into his past life at court and his bond with Lancaster, and finally with his acceptance of his current status and the role that Jack and his family play in bringing him peace and joy despite his less affluent lifestyle.
This story comes across as atmospheric and authentic in its historical setting, and compelling and intriguing as a mystery Despite there being much of Crispin s past that has been dealt with in previous books of the series, this can be read easily as a standalone story That said, I am sorely tempted to delve into earlier books and learnof Crispin s fascinating history.
A very different kind of mystery, both enchanting and tense with wonderful, lively characters and a hefty dose of medieval history and setting.
Jeri has the best character development of any author ever Never static, always growing, unexpected maturing that so resembles real life The characters make you feel good about yourself and others in your life as you see life reflected in the many years of mistakes and bad choices of Crispin As he and those around him age and experience life you realize that not everything appears as it once did Age and experience may not change circumstances but certainly changes one s outlook and perspective and life can be viewed in what you have accomplished and not what you have First Sentence Crispin Guest eyed the room.
Rather than being hired to find a missing person or item as he usually is, Tracker of London, Crispin Guest, is given a package and told he ll know what to do with it Inside is an ancient book written in a language he s never seen but learns is Coptic It is an unpublished book of the Bible which could challenge the very doctrine of Christian faith The danger of possessing this book becomes real when people to whom Guest shows it are murdered Someone very much wants the book, and all who know of it, destroyed.
It is always a pleasure to start a new Crispin novel Westerson excels at acquainting one with the characters, setting, the scene, and drawing one immediately into the story She creates a wonderful sense of place providing information and bits of history along the way, as well as establishing the mystery almost from the start She creates a sense of normalcy and timelessness that supersedes the period.
Part of the joy of reading historical novels is in the things one learns, and there are numerous who knew moments included Special touches are the Glossary provided at the beginning and the Afterword at the end One small criticism is that while the dialogue provides the feel of the period, there are times it seems to try too hard and ends up being awkward.
No matter what else, it s the characters who draw one into the book, and repeatedly back to the series Crispin is a character who has grown and, dare one say, mellowed over the years while still being someone on whom one can always depend The meetings with those Crispin loved and was loyal to in the past, are real and touching, particularly that with King Richard II Jack, his bagman if one will, has undergone the most change aging, growing, maturing, while being ever loyal and dedicated The changes in his circumstances through the series have added dimension to all the characters and the stories.
Westerson makes one think You cannot stomp on an idea, Excellency Once the idea is out in the world, it is like the bee that flits from flower to flower It cannot be stopped Ideas are what keep mankind from stagnating in a rotten pool It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world Some of those insights are particularly relevant today Character Character does not only belong to those with breeding, my lord Good character is conferred on the lowliest of peasants God grants certain men and women this character and no trial of Job will see them change their minds on it Traitor s Codex is a very good book There is much about the plot which can t be said without giving things away While there are several threads, each holds its own, and our attention without ever becoming confusing, yet come together in a strong cloth.
TRAITOR S CODEX HistMys Crispin Guest England 1394 VG Westerson, Jeri Severn House June 2019 I ve been reading this series since I stumbled on the 1st book years ago when cataloging at a library And like all the others it is great Love the series and seeing how the characters are developing I already can t wait form the next one