Book Review: Blood Lance by Jeri Westerson

Blood LanceBlood Lance
Crispin Guest Medieval Noir Series #5
Jeri Westerson
Minotaur Books, October 2012
ISBN 978-1-250-00018-7
Hardcover

In this, the fifth book in the Crispin Guest, medieval noir series, the hero’s mystery solving skills are once again complicated by his attraction to a beautiful woman. But is she someone who needs protection, or is she a woman from whom Crispin needs protection?

Crispin, his knighthood taken away years before on a charge of treason, has been known to drown his sorrows in strong wine— whenever he can afford it. On a cold October night, he is making his way home long after curfew when a body plunges from London Bridge into the Thames right in front of him. He goes into the icy water after the man in an ill-judged attempt to save him, but is too late. The man, a well-known armourer, is dead. His neighbors, and especially his fiancee, the beautiful Anabel, all say he committed suicide. Crispin thinks differently. Crispin, after all, is known as The Tracker for his ability to hunt down criminals and solve baffling crimes.

Crispin and his apprentice, Jack Tucker, are soon involved in what becomes a most puzzling case. They discover the armourer has been working on a piece guaranteed to make the wearer invincible in battle. A spear, actually a holy relic, is involved, and so are men of the highest order, including Geoffrey Chaucer. Jack and Crispin come close to death several times as they work to solve this murder.

Ms. Westerson’s research is impeccable. From the visor on a knight’s helm, to his sword, and even to the armour his horse wears, the reader is treated to a true picture of the times. Clothing, food, dwellings, all are spot on, for the lowest servant all the way up to the king. Sword fights are accurately orchestrated.

The creation of a detective series set in the 14th Century is a stroke of genius for an excellent writer who brings the times to glowing life. And Jeri Westerson does just that. I can almost guarantee you’re going to be hooked on the Crispin Guest adventures.

Reviewed by Carol Crigger, October 2013.
Author of Three Seconds to Thunder.

Cover Reveal: The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter—and a Giveaway

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Today is the day!

The cover of Gena Showalter’s THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS
is here! We’re so excited to be able to share this with you as it joins an
already stunning set! Ready to see it? Not quite yet? Let’s take
a look at the first two covers in the series!

First there was ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND…

Alice in Zombieland

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Then came THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS…

Through the Zombie Glass

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Now get ready to EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT!!!

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The Queen of Zombie Hearts

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Official book description:

I have a plan.

We’ll either destroy them for good, or they’ll destroy us.

Either way, only one of us is walking away.

In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles,
Alice “Ali” Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She’s ready to take the next
step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers…until
Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak
attack, killing four of her friends. It’s then she realizes that humans can be
more dangerous than monsters…and the worst has only begun.

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control
the zombies…and she isn’t the girl she thought she was. She’s connected to
the woman responsible for killing—and turning—Cole’s mother. How can
their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers
are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down
Anima—even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

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On-sale date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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About the Author

Gena ShowalterGena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, the Angels of the Dark, the Lords of the Underworld, and the Otherworld Assassins series.  In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazine, and have been translated in multiple languages.  She lives in Oklahoma with her family and menagerie of dogs, and truly believes love conquers all.

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