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Check out our March author interviews: 3/7--Karen Cantwell, 3/14--Shawn Reilly, 3/21--Annette Dashofy, and 3/28--WWK Blogger Debra Sennefelder (on her debut novel!). Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

Our March Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 3/3-Heather Weidner, 3/10-Holly Chaille, 3/17-Margaret S. Hamilton, 3/24-Kait Carson, 3/31-Charles Saltzberg.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here: https://www.amazon.com/Necessary-Ends-Tai-Randolph-Book-ebook/dp/B079MS67CM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1520014972&sr=8-2&keywords=Tina+Whittle

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), will be available on April 3, 2018 at: https://www.amazon.com/Empty-Promises-Seamus-McCree-Book-ebook/dp/B078XJRYDG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1520089649&sr=8-2&keywords=James+M.+Jackson&dpID=51kcxPsst-L&preST=_SY445_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here: https://mammothpublications.net/writers-m-to-z/rodriguez-linda-dark-sister/

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

Shari Randall's second Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw, will be available in August, 2018.

In addition, our prolific KM has had the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," appears in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Fifth Course of Chaos.


Friday, March 15, 2013

A Review of Blood Lance

Blood Lance A Medieval Noir by Jeri Westerson
             Blood Lance is the fifth book Jeri Westerson has written about Crispin Guest, a former knight disgraced because of treasonous behavior. Nearly a decade earlier Crispin had supported an attempt to overthrow the king and replace him with Crispin’s foster father.  Although other conspirators were executed, Crispin’s life was spared and he was stripped of his knighthood.
            Over time Crispin has carved out a role for himself and become known as “The Tracker” for his ability to solve mysteries.  He has acquired an apprentice, a former cutpurse, Jack Tucker.  The two live on limited means in a poor section of London. Despite his humiliation, Crispin lives by a personal code, like later noir detectives.
            When he sees a man falling from London Bridge, Crispin dives into the Thames only to discover that the man is dead.  Crispin believes the man was dead before he hit the water, even though others believe he committed suicide.  Tracking the truth, Crispin becomes involved in a tangle that involves friends from his past, a search for a religious icon, and a woman whose motivation is as mysterious as her beauty is enthralling.  The dead man was an armorer who promised Crispin’s  friend, Sir Thomas Saunfyl, he would find an icon that would make the knight unbeatable in battle.  Sir Thomas is desperate for Crispin to recover the icon since he has been accused of cowardice and desertion.  Sir Thomas will soon face a trial by combat to determine whether he lives or dies.  Another old friend, Geoffrey Chaucer, is seeking the same item for reasons unknown.
            The author has recreated the mean streets of medieval London where the disgraced knight has to bow to men who used to be his equal or his social inferior.  Crispin is advised to end his search and he knows the advice is warranted. However, he has given his word that he will help Sir Thomas.  His pride will not allow him to break his word regardless of the consequences.  


James Montgomery Jackson said...

A world in which I would not care to live as either knight or peasant. That means the best way to "enjoy" the life and times is through good historical fiction.

I wonder if a millennium from now they will be saying the same of us and today.

~ Jim

Warren Bull said...

I agree, Jim. Life was short and brutal. I don't think we will ever know what they will say about our time,

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Warren,

I've always enjoyed reading mysteries set in Medieval times. The Brother Cadfael series by Ellis Peters was great. I would certainly like to read this newer series as well. Thanks for doing the review!

Gloria Alden said...

I enjoyed the first two books in the Crispin series. I'll have to get the next ones, too.

I also loved the Brother Cadfael mysteries, but I agree with Jim and Warren, I wouldn't want to live in those times even if I was one of lucky ones born to wealth. PILLARS OF THE EARTH by Ken Follett showed just how brutal those times were.

Jeri Westerson said...

Thanks for your review, Warren! Actually, for the most part, life was neither brutal nor short. Though the poorer you were the life expectancy could be shorter--much as it is today, and for the same reasons: poor diet and bad living conditions.

I think of living in the Middle Ages a little like perpetual camping; a lot of fetching water, a lot of looking for fuel, and a lot of smoky fires.

Yves Fey said...

This is a wonderful series. I've got Blood Lance in my to-read pile. Unfortunately my pile is huge! Soon!