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Tanya Huff

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The Quarters Series
Sing the Four Quarters
Fifth Quarter
No Quarter
The Quartered Sea
Three Quarters: A Quarters Collection

Short Story Collections
The Demon’s Den and Other Tales of Valdemar
Nights of the Round Table: Tales of Heroic Fantasy
February Thaw and Other Stories of Contemporary Fantasy
Swan’s Braid and Other Tales of Terizan
Third Time Lucky
He Said, Sidhe Said

Other Novels
The Silvered*
Gate of Darkness, Circle of Light
The Fire’s Stone

*JABberwocky eBook edition is available to our readers outside of North America.


The Quarters Series
Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huff

The Bards of Shkoder hold the country together. They bring the news of the sea to the mountains, news of the mountains to the plains. They give their people, from peasant to king, a song in common. Annice is a rare talent, able to Sing all four quarters, but her brother, the newly enthroned King Theron, sees her request to study at the Bardic Hall as a betrayal. But Annice renounces her royal blood and swears to remain childless so as not to jeopardize the line of succession. Ten years later, she’s on the run from the Royal Guards with the Duc of Ohrid, the father of her unborn child, both of them guilty of treason – one of them unjustly accused. To save the Duc’s life, they’ll have to cross the country, manage to keep from strangling each other, and defeat an enemy too damaged for even a Bard’s song to reach.

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Fifth Quarter by Tanya Huff

Trained to kill from childhood, siblings Bannon and Vree have only known life as assassins in the Imperial Army. When their latest target steals Bannon’s body for his own, Vree saves her brother by dragging his spirit in to share hers. But two assassins in one body is one assassin too many. To save both their lives, they must abandon the only life they’ve known, risking Imperial ire and possible execution, to regain Bannon’s body. It isn’t until after they capture Gyhard, the body thief, that they realize they can’t force him to do anything while he holds Bannon’s body hostage. Gyhard is willing to trade Bannon’s body for their assistance. All they have to do – while being hunted for desertion and dealing with an unknown power able to Sing the dead out of the grave – is betray the oaths they’ve lived by and help Gyhard secure the body of an Imperial Prince.

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No Quarter by Tanya Huff

Vree heads north to Shkoder with two kigh struggling to co-exist in a single body. Although the odds aren’t in their favour, there’s a chance, a small chance, the Bards can find Gyhard a body of his own without anyone else having to die. No one, from the guard on the Citadel gate to the King himself, wants them anywhere near the single Healer who can Sing the Fifth Kigh. No one except Magda, the Healer, whose heritage has taught her that things are not always as they seem. In the end, Bardic suspicion becomes the least of Vree’s problems. The dead walk in the mountains of Shkoder, kigh confined in rotting corpses, and Gyhard’s past returned to haunt them. Hunted by the Bards and the Healer’s family, Vree, Gyhard and Magda head for the mountains to try and Sing Gyhard’s past to rest.

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The Quartered Sea by Tanya Huff

Benedikt Sings the most powerful water in the kingdom, but water is the only Quarter Benedikt can sing, which isolates him from the Bardic Captain and his fellow Bards. When the Queen of Shkoder outfits a voyage to discover the lands across the sea against the Bardic Captain’s objections, Benedikt is the only Bard willing to brave the Captain’s wrath and volunteer. In uncharted waters, a storm strikes and the kigh of the deep seas rise. All of Benedikt’s skill is unable to save ship or crew. Shipwrecked in an unfamiliar country and unable to send word to Shkoder of the ship’s fate, Benedikt must play the part he’s been given: a pawn in the game of politics and religion between brother and sister — who both intend to use his Song to their advantage. As the Queen waits for word, the kigh of the deep seas rise again…

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Three Quarters by Tanya Huff

The Seven Armies’ deadliest blades are at their best in Three Quarters, a collection of three exciting short stories set in Tanya Huff’s Quarters universe. In “Death Rites” sibling assassins Bannon and Vree must eliminate a dangerous traitor who’s already thwarted several other professionals. In “Exactly,” Vree and Bannon slip surveillance shifts in between body rubs and drinks when they take a holiday, assassin-style. And in the novelette, “Quartered,” on Kovar’s orders, the young bard Evicka risks her life to spy on Vree and Gyhard in Bicaz. Featuring an all-new foreword and new story introductions from the author, Three Quarters is sure to delight fans of The Quarters Series with Tanya Huff’s pitch-perfect harmony of adventure, intrigue, and wit.

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Short Story Collections

Tanya Huff delivers seven fantastical tales featuring the young Herald Jors, set in Mercedes Lackey’s legendary realm of Valdemar. In Valdemar, only the true of heart are Chosen to wear the Whites and become Heralds—guardians who journey throughout the nation upholding justice, making judgments, and combating evil in its many forms. This collection of stories follows the adventures of Herald Jors: a young man just a few years out of his Greys and already making his mark, all while learning the complexities of the honored role bestowed upon him. From confronting bandits in the far borderlands to experiencing magical love and heartbreaking loss, Jors must find the balance between the law and that which is truly good and right. For the first time, Tanya Huff’s seven stories set in the world created by Mercedes Lackey are gathered together in a single volume. These short works are sure to enchant anyone who wishes to experience the land of Valdemar through the eyes, mind and heart of one of its bravest heroes.

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Travel to Camelot in “Nights of the Round Table” and to ancient Egypt in “Succession”. Revisit beloved fairytales in “All Things Being Relative”. Sail the seas in “Blood in the Water” and “Oh Glorious Sight”. Also includes “What Little Girls Are Made Of,” “A Woman’s Work”, and “Slow Poison”. Nights Of The Round Table And Other Stories is the first of a series of Tanya Huff short story collections. Published as e-book exclusives and featuring all-new cover art, many of the stories in these collections have never been collected before, or are only available in hard-to-find limited editions.

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February Thaw

February Thaw is the second e-collection by Tanya Huff and brings together some of the short fiction that helped define the field. From an Imperial Dragon in Toronto’s Chinatown, to a heavy metal retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk, to the realization that the ancient gods are one highly dysfunctional family, Huff skews our world slightly sideways. These seven stories, each with a brand new introduction by the author, remind us that the weird and the wonderful is all around us if we only bother to look.

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Swan's Braid

You can’t belong to the Thieves’ Guild if you can’t break into the Thieves’ Guild. When Terizan dropped out of the secret passage, past the net, and into the Inner Sanctum, she was astonished to discover that no one else had ever made it that far. Unfortunately, neither Terizan nor the Guild are thrilled about the sudden perception that she’s the best thief in Oreen – the title comes with expectations and the Guild only ever expects the worst. In these five tales, mercenary captains, murderous royal families, ghosts, gods, and wizards prove that while it may not always be lonely at the top, it’s definitely annoying. Good thing half a dozen gods owe Terizan a favour.


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Third Time Lucky by Tanya Huff

There’s a lot of responsibility involved with being the most powerful wizard in the world, and Magdelene wants nothing to do with any of it. Lazy, lusty, and more likely to be found lying in the sun than casting runes or sacrificing unfortunate goats, she’d really rather avoid dealing with challenges, errant apprentices, demons, dragons, death, and bureaucracy.


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He Said Sidhe Said

In these seven contemporary fantasies from Tanya Huff, we see a dog’s eye view of loyalty and a cat’s eye view of sea serpents. We learn that some Brownies could use a shave – although cookies will still be sold – and that there are at least two sides to every relationship, no matter how accidental and/or mythical that relationship is. We’re also reminded that however worthwhile it may be to die with purpose, it’s better to live well. Huff’s ability to leaven heartache with humour – and vise versa – gives this collection of previously published stories an unexpected emotional variety. A December release, He Said, Sidhe Said also includes the seasonally appropriate “I’ll be Home for Christmas.”


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Other Novels

The small, were-ruled kingdom of Aydori has long kept to its own ways, living under the protection of the powerful Hunt Pack and the wisdom of the Mage Pack, who have mastery of the six disciplines—air, fire, water, earth, metals, healing.

It is these very gifts that have drawn the wrath of the Emperor Leopald, whose soothsayer has prophesied a threat to his dominion about to be born from Aydori. Launching an all-out assault against the shapeshifters, he kidnaps five members of the Mage Pack who are with child, including the wife of the Pack Leader. With the Pack engaged by the Emperor’s army, the kidnappers believe they have a clear escape. But they are already being harried by the unlikeliest of hunters—young Mirian Maylin, whose true magical potential has yet to emerge, and Tomas Hagen, the reckless brother of the Pack Leader. Both have much to prove to themselves and each other—and both are willing to risk everything to do so.

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First published in 1989 and taking place in downtown Toronto, one of the earliest of the modern urban fantasies, Gate of Darkness, Circle of Light is the story of a fight against encroaching darkness by a developmentally handicapped young woman, a street musician with no idea of his potential, a bag-lady who’s tired of picking up the pieces, and an adept of the light. Mixing actual Toronto ghost-stories with traditional Faire, a police procedural, and a cat, Gate of Darkness, Circle of Light opened a gate at street level to the urban fantasy that followed.


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It was a long fall from Clan Heir to common thief, but Aaron never wanted any part of his father’s brutal outlander reign. In fact, besides coin purses and jewels, there’s very little in all of Cisali that interests Aaron, until he stumbles—quite literally—into a prince’s bedchamber. Prince Davish of Ischia is a skilled swordsman both on the field and beneath the sheets, at least when he isn’t outrageously drunk. But the wine helps him forget all the ways he’s disappointed his father, his family, and soon enough, his young bride-to-be…


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Jeri Westerson

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The Booke of the Hidden Series
Shadows in the Mist
The Darkest Gateway

The Crispin Guest Medieval Mystery Series
Veil of Lies
Serpent in the Thorns
The Demon’s Parchment
Troubled Bones
Blood Lance
Shadow of the Alchemist



The Booke of the Hidden Series
Small town tea shop proprietor Kylie Strange already has a lot on her plate. The last thing she needs is more trouble to spring up from the mystical Booke of the Hidden. Keeping one step ahead of a scheming demon, supernatural assassins, and Baphomet—an angry god hellbent on stealing the Booke—it’s all more than enough for one person to handle. And that’s without mentioning her competing affections for the demon Erasmus Dark and the handsome, human Sheriff Ed. But soon enough, Kylie and her coven hear whispers of new disturbances in Moody Bog. Strange creatures have been stalking the townsfolk and rumors of violent encounters confirm their deadly intent. Worst of all, the Booke of the Hidden is not to blame, and no one is sure what is. Kylie and her coven of Wiccans need to prioritize. Which is worse? The mysterious and lethal creatures or Baphomet, who—if he gets his way—will unleash Hell upon Moody Bog…and beyond.

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With Halloween just a week away, tea-shop proprietor Kylie Strange doesn’t have much in the way of holiday spirit. She’s just learned that the last day of October also heightens the power of magic—which means the potential for a tidal wave of evil creatures to emerge from that supernatural Booke of the Hidden. Destroying the ancient Booke once and for is the ultimate solution. But the only way to accomplish this task involves a journey to the Netherworld and the help of the only being powerful enough to destroy the Booke: Satan himself. And, though the brooding and elusive Erasmus Dark has captured Kylie’s heart against her better judgment, she ignores his repeated warnings that the mission guarantees her doom. With Kylie in the Netherworld, her coven must stave off the onslaught of deadly creatures that emerge from the Booke—as well as hold back the encroaching destruction of the maniacal god Baphomet. Luckily, they’re joined by some unlikely friends in their fight against total annihilation. But now Kylie’s journey becomes a rescue mission, and if she can’t complete her task and return from the Netherworld, all will be lost for the inhabitants of Moody Bog…and the rest of humanity.
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The Crispin Guest Medieval Mystery Series
Crispin Guest is a disgraced knight, stripped of his rank and his honor for plotting against Richard II. He has lost his betrothed, 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 who suspects that his wife is being unfaithful and wants Guest to look into the matter. Guest discovers that the wife is indeed up to something, but when he comes to inform his client, he is found dead – murdered in a sealed room, locked from the inside. 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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Crispin Guest has reinvented himself as the Tracker, an investigator who can find anything and anyone. When Grayce, a distraught scullery maid arrives on his doorstep, frantic after finding a dead man in her room, Crispin examines the scene of what he thinks is a straightforward murder. After learning that the murdered man was an important courier in possession of a dangerous holy artifact, an object so valuable its absence could begin a war between empires, he quickly realizes this is no ordinary case. During his investigation, Guest unexpectedly encounters his nemesis, Miles Aleyn, the treasonous mastermind behind his fall from grace. Aleyn is acting suspiciously, and Guest must conquer his desire for revenge to find out just what he may be hiding.


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Crispin Guest has grown accustomed to unusual clients with dark requests. Yet when Jacob of Provencal, a Jewish physician at the King’s court arrives at his doorstep late one frigid night, Guest cannot quiet his unease. Jacob and his son Julian are missing a set of documents, items they claim could bring forth a demon and put all of London in danger. Meanwhile, there is evidence that a monster has already been unleashed in the city. Vulnerable street children are being abducted and murdered, their mutilated bodies the only clues left behind. It is up to Guest to unravel the grim tangle of mystery and murder that has taken over the wintry streets of London.


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When the Archbishop of Canterbury hires him to expose the culprit threatening the sacred relics of a holy martyr, Guest finds himself a stranger in an unfamiliar land. In a city of pilgrims and priests, he unexpectedly encounters his former friend Geoffrey Chaucer, poet, rabble-rouser and liege to Crispin’s former master. Chaucer and his group of fellow pilgrims all have tales to tell…and secrets to hide. After a murder befalls the cathedral, Guest has been tasked with uncovering the dark truth. Among hallowed tombs of soldiers and saints, in a world of ancient secrets and undying vendettas, Guest must identify the murderous heretic among holy men if he has any hope of returning home.


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Crispin Guest has solved many mysteries since losing his knighthood and becoming “The Tracker”, an investigator for hire in fourteenth century London. Yet when he witnesses a body fall from London bridge into the frigid waters of the Thames, he finds himself in the middle of a dangerous and complicated puzzle. The deceased was an armorer whose death officials rule to be a suicide, but Guest immediately sees evidence of foul play. During his investigation he runs into Sir Thomas Saunfayl, an old acquaintance from his knighthood days, frantically searching for the armorer. It seems the dead man was bargaining with Sir Thomas for the Spear of Longinus, the weapon used to pierce the side of Christ on the Cross, which grants invincibility to its owner. Guest soon finds himself trying to solve a conundrum of many parts, all centered around the same dangerous and potent holy relic.

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Famed French alchemist Nicholas Flamel enlists Crispin Guest to locate both his missing wife Perenelle and his apprentice. Guest is confident that it will be a case quickly resolved. But after Flamel’s apprentice is found dead and a ransom note arrives threatening the life of Perenelle in exchange for the Philosopher’s Stone, a magical object that can change lead into gold, Guest quickly discovers that there is nothing ordinary about this case. Soon, strange, antiquated symbols begin appearing throughout the city and he learns he must decipher their hidden code to unearth the truth of secrets long buried.


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Alex Erickson

The Bookstore Cafe Mysteries
Death by Coffee
Death by Tea
Death by Pumpkin Spice
Death by Vanilla Latte
Death by Eggnog
Death by Espresso

The Furever Pets Mystery Series
The Pomeranian Always Barks Twice

The Kat Redding Series
To Walk The Night
Tainted Night, Tainted Blood
Blessed by a Demon’s Mark
Blood from a Silver Cross
Souls of the Damned


For the Bookstore Cafe Mysteries


“DEATH BY COFFEE was a delightful fast-paced mystery and I loved all the quirky characters that helped to make this story more enjoyable. I instantly connected with Krissy, who loves puzzles and thought she was the perfect heroine to solve this mystery. I love finding new authors and I am excited to read the next book in the series by Mr. Erickson.”


“Right from the start, I was engaged in the storytelling…I recommend taking a chance on this new series by author Alex Erickson.  A cozy mystery with chuckles, books, coffee, cats and a bumbling amateur sleuth…just the right mix of mystery and humour.”

Open Book Society

“DEATH BY COFFEE is a quick read with a lot of humorous moments…What’s not to love, with the cat, multitudes of books, and the promise of coffee!…To sum it up, Author Alex Erickson has made a good start to his Bookstore Café Mystery series with his debut novel, DEATH BY COFFEE.”

Jane Reads

“Krissy has spunk and she doesn’t back down, which is great for a heroine…I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one.”

Socrates Book Review

“This was a well plotted and well written mystery…The story was entertaining [and] cozy mystery fans should enjoy it.”

Book’s the Thing

“Author Alex Erickson is off to a wonderful start with DEATH BY COFFEE…DEATH BY COFFEE gets added to my list of books I couldn’t put down!”

Lisa K’s Book Reviews

” I was extremely pleased and look forward to revisiting Krissy and her new home of Pine Hills when the second book is released in November!”

The Well-Read Pirate

“The story line is great and a cast of characters so well developed, you will be pulled in from the start and at the end you will want more. I am excited for this series and am eagerly waiting to see what Krissy will get her self into in Death by Tea.”

Shelley Reads


“With no shortage of suspects in this tale, funny scenes, coffee, bumbling amateur sleuth, it makes great for an afternoon reading. It contains just the right mix of humor and mystery.”

Book Series in Order

“This book is a fast paced cozy with fun characters and a good story line . . . Author Alex Erickson keeps the reader guessing what happened and who the murderer is until the very end.”

Sharon Reads

“This cozy will appeal to readers who enjoy Mary Daheim’s Judith Flynn or the coffee-shop seting in Cleo Coyle’s Coffeehouse series.”



“To finish this book, I felt as though I had just finished a weekend in the game of Clue. It was tidy, and gave the reader an enjoyable unpredictable ending. Don’t cheat by checking the folder in the middle of the board though, just take the time to read and savor this book. Every inch of this book spoke to the fall, and the possibilities that come with the season. I invite you to the Pine Hill Halloween party, where murder is expected, and love gives you goosebumps.”

Bibliophile Reviews

“Readers will grow attached to Vicki and Krissy and long to visit the bookstore . . . “

Kings River Life Magazine

“A smooth narrative where most of the characters are normal, down-to-earth folks, combined with suspects galore and twists and turns make this a great afternoon read….Alex Erickson has created yet another mystery that is so much fun to read!”

Suspense Magazine (Mary Lignor)


“I enjoyed how the mystery was presented, giving you enough clues in the course of the investigation to figure out the killer on your own, but also plenty of red herrings to keep things interesting. I thought I had it figured out early on and was pleasantly surprised to be proven wrong.”

Book and Coffee Addict

“It was a story that I enjoyed and was eager to solve, as I didn’t want to put it down.”

Bibliophile Reviews
4.5 out of 5 stars!

“Plenty of suspects keep the story moving…”


“With the number of suspects and Krissy’s awesome handling of the investigation, readers will have a whole lot of fun finding out ‘whodunit.'”

Suspense Magazine (Mary Lignor)


If you are looking for a fun, cozy, Christmas read, then I would definitely recommend you go pick up this book. And don’t worry if you haven’t read any others in the series. But don’t be surprised if you find yourself headed out to the bookshop or local library to pick up the rest in the series…”

Once Upon a Storyteller

“[A]nother great book in this cozy series!”

My Interdimensional Chaos

“Jump right in and get in the mood for the holidays or start at the beginning [of the series] to get the full effect of Krissy and her crazy life.”

Kings River Life Magazine

“A Christmas cozy for fans of the series.”

Library Journal

“Fans may savor the details of the heroine’s everyday life.”



“Readers will be anxious for book seven when Vicki and Mason return from their honeymoon.”

Kings River Life Magazine

For The Furever Peters Mystery Series


“A serviceable mystery that has a whole lot of heart—and even a little bit of bite to go along with the bark.”

Criminal Element

“This is a fun start to what looks like a great series.”

Curl Up With a Cozy Mystery

For The Kat Redding Series

“Fans of Underworld will not want to miss this.”

—Jess Haines, author oDeceived by the Others

“Kat is a complex, compelling character who takes us on a wild ride. Hold on and enjoy!”

—Alexandra Ivy, New York Times bestselling author of
the Guardians of Eternity series


“E.S. Moore has envisioned a new take on supernaturals that is invigorating…intertwining new ideas about vampires and werewolves, while still holding fast to some of the old standards.”

Paranormal Addicts


“The story flows at a steady pace. The characters are edgy, and the main character, Kat, is the epitome of a strong female protagonist with firm ideals. It’s all exhilarating.”

RT Book Reviews


“Moore’s third series entry starts a new phase in the life of her heroine.”

Library Journal


“Kat’s internal conflict over being a vampire and her state of denial about loving a werewolf produce plenty of tension, which drives a compelling story line.”

Library Journal


Bookstore Cafe Mysteries (Kensington)
1. Death by Coffee
2. Death by Tea
3. Death by Pumpkin Spice
4. Death by Vanilla Latte
5. Death by Eggnog
6. Death by Espresso

  • Book #1 — in its 6th mass market printing!
  • Book #2 — in its 4th mass market printing!
  • Book #3 — in its 4th mass market printing!
  • Book #4 — in its 2nd mass market printing!
  • Book #5 — in its 3rd mass marketing printing!

Furever Pets Mystery Series (Kensington)
1. The Pomeranian Always Barks Twice

  • Book #1 — Hit #5 on Barnes & Noble’s mass-market list.

The Kat Redding Series
1. To Walk the Night
2. Tainted Night, Tainted Blood
3. Blessed by a Demon’s Mark
4. Blood from a Silver Cross
5. Souls of the Damned

Jeri Westerson

Author Website | Reviews | Bibliography & Rights Information

The Crispin Guest Medieval Mystery Series | Biblio. & Rights Info
Veil of Lies
Serpent in the Thorns
The Demon’s Parchment
Troubled Bones
Blood Lance
Shadow of the Alchemist
The Silence of Stones
A Maiden Weeping

Season of Blood
The Deepest Grave
Traitor’s Codex
Sword of Shadows
Cup of Blood (Prequel to Crispin Guest series)


The Kylie Strange series
Booke of the Hidden
Deadly Rising
Shadows in the Mist
The Darkest Gateway (Forthcoming from Diversion)


For The Crispin Guest Medieval Mystery Series


“Westerson’s mystery debut is a brilliant tale of survival in a hostile environment, where anything can lead to death. Fans of medieval mysteries will put this on their reserve list. Highly recommended.”

Library Journal
Starred review!

“An entertaining read that makes the prospect of sequels welcome.”

Publishers Weekly

“A promising debut featuring reluctant sleuth Crispin Guest… This authentically detailed medieval mystery has an intriguingly dark edge that will appeal to fans of both historical fiction and noir.”


“Will appeal to mystery and history fans alike.”


“This book, which has a bit of romance tucked up its raveled sleeve is pure fun.”

Boston Globe

“Brimming with medieval atmosphere, blessed with an elaborate plot and interesting characters, VEIL OF LIES shows great promise. And Westerson displays the skill of a writer who has mastered her subject and has used that knowledge to create erudite entertainment.”

Richmond Times-Dispatch

“To say VEIL OF LIES is a remarkable novel doesn’t do the book justice. just when the plot seems set on a fixed course, the author deftly arranges another neat surprise and keeps the pages turning. The story is fresh, and engaging characters abound.”

Historical Novels Review

“Westerson combines an encyclopedic knowledge of the Middle Ages with an obvious love for the hard boiled genre and adds a classic mystery-telling ability to create what is one of my favorite reads of the year. I look forward to more from this wonderful new talent.”

Crimespree Magazine

“Westerson effectively translates the “noirish” tone of the classic 1930s private-eye novels to medieval England, creating a realistically gritty and intriguingly dark variation of other medieval mysteries by Ellis Peters and Margaret Frazier.”


“A resolution amid revelations, with a depth worth plumbing.”

—McClatchy Newspapers (Kansas City Star, Modesto Bee, et. al.)

“Guest is a likeable albeit flawed detective who is well worth his own niche in the history mystery genre.”

—I Love a Mystery

“VEIL OF LIES marks a spectacular debut! Westerson’s “medieval noir” page-turner sports vigorous plotting, robust characters, and superb scholarship. An utterly beguiling alchemy of Canterbury and Connelly. The Crispin Guest series scores a bulls-eye on the first shot. The stuff of legend!”

Julia Spencer-Fleming,
Edgar finalist and author of I Shall Not Want

“Every fan of P.C. Doherty should be delighted with this new series.”

—Margaret Frazer,
author of the Dame Frevisse and Joliffe medieval mystery series

“Jeri Westerson’s VEIL OF LIES is a great read, through and through. Her finely wrought portrait of gritty Medieval London is imbued with great wit and poignancy, establishing Crispin Guest as a knight to remember.”

Cornelia Read,
author of A Field of Darkness

“Now that the Da Vinci Code has come and gone, VEIL OF LIES ought to prove the abiding interest in fiction that touches on Catholic and medieval themes… I’ve never read such a well-constructed and well-written mystery, and I’ve read many hundreds of them… I can’t think of a single living author of mystery fiction that I’d buy in hardcover any more. I know I’ll reread these books many times, so they have to be sturdy. Has someone already claimed the slot as #1 fan? Oh, okay, I’ll settle for being #750.”

—Laura James,
Crime Historian of Clews


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“An appealing premise… Crispin’s derring-do as he weaves between the Court and the kitchens is distinctively entertaining.”


“Westerson adds flavor to the tale by enhancing the relationship between Guest and his young helper. Readers who can’t get enough of medieval historicals will snap this one up.”

—Library Journal

“Westerson’s noir-influenced historical mystery boasts a strong cast of characters and makes good use of period details. This makes an excellent choice for mystery and historical fiction lovers.”


“Her second book entertains as much as as did her 2008 novel VEIL OF LIES. …an interesting protagonist and beguiling read.”

—North Country Times

“Combine the historical lore with an intricate plot and a winning protagonist, and this is a series with broad appeal.”

—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Crispin is a complex character who is struggling to regain his status in life, but not at the cost of what he holds dear to himself: his honor. He is engaging and interesting to discover more about.”

—Green Man Review

“Fast, clever and wonderful this is a great way to spend an evening.”

—Crimespree Magazine

“Gripping scenes of escape, vivid descriptions of everyday life, and a mystery that keeps you guessing until the end. A rollicking good read for fans of the genre.”

—School Library Journal

“Westerson has caught the spirit of the age with plots and counterplots as well as the sights, sounds, and smells of that age’s seamier London neighborhoods.”

I Love a Mystery

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“THE DEMON’S PARCHMENT is so good it’s sinful. With an unerring eye to historical detail and an uncanny knack for making the distant past feel comfortably contemporary, Jeri Westerson has written a novel sure to please even the most demanding reader. Protagonist Crispin Guest (a.k.a. The Tracker) is seductive as hell, and the writing is some of the best you’ll find anywhere. Buy this book or be damned!”

—William Kent Krueger,
Anthony Award-winning author of Heaven’s Keep

“The best yet in the series.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Absolutely first class; highly recommended for fans of medieval mysteries.”

—Library Journal
Starred review!

“A solid plot and cast of characters, a feel for the story’s place and time (fourteenth-century England), and an appealing noirish air. A welcome addition to the medieval-mystery landscape.”


“The writing is wonderful and the history vividly presented. Not to be missed by fans of real historical mysteries.”

—RT Book Reviews
4.5 stars, top pick!

“Westerson writes with such knowledge and skill that you feel as if you are walking those shadowy streets and alleys of London …  not only enjoyable but enlightening.”

—Reviewing the Evidence

“Another superb mystery; those who discover Guest for the first time will be compelled to explore back through the original books, while longtime fans will already be looking forward to Westerson’s next novel.”

—North Country Times

“Westerson tells a chilling yarn and Crispin and his apprentice are among the most courageous and compelling protagonists at work in fictional detection.”

—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Keep(s) the reader absorbed with intriguing characters, a believable setting and a horrific series of murders.”

—Deadly Pleasures Magazine

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“A fantastic book you won’t want to put down.”

—RT Book Reviews
4.5 stars, top pick!

“Westerson’s fine fourth historical featuring Crispin Guest … The Agatha-Christie like solution will please puzzle buffs, while series fans will welcome the author’s efforts to further flesh out the lead and his apprentice, Jack Tucker.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Aficianados of medieval murder mysteries will delight in Westerson’s accurate period details and an intriguing plot guaranteed to keep the reader guessing into the night.”

—Shelf Awareness

“A must-read for fans of medieval mysteries, but also of interest to readers of Alex Bledsoe’s Eddie Lacrosse fantasy series.”


“A murderous spin on The Canterbury Tales … Westerson’s latest medieval noir is a very readable combination of historical fact and mystery.”


“Combines the best of two worlds in this dark but touching series, and “Troubled Bones,” like its predecessors, provides an evening of superior entertainment.””

—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“[Westerson] draws you into the world of her characters.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys medieval mysteries, and I look forward to meeting Crispin and Jack again.”

—Historical Novel Society Review

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“[A] lively tale of historical interest smoothly combined with a worthy mystery.”

“Top 10 Hot Crime Novels” for Fall 2012

“Clever twists and convincing period detail make Westerson’s fifth 14th-century historical featuring disgraced knight Crispin Guest (after 2011’s Troubled Bones) one of her best.”

Publishers Weekly

“Well done…medieval London is almost tangible!”

RT Book Reviews

“These mysteries are always well crafted and complex, leading us into the culture of the era.”

Library Journal

“Written with a keen knowledge of medieval history, Blood Lance is another riveting tale of honor and heroism from Westerson, grounded in period detail, a wealth of action and the continued development of her characters.”

Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Jeri Westerson is a master in making the reader see, and practically smell, the teeming, treacherous streets of 14th century England. Elaborate and detailed description of the scenes and locations give a more realistic touch to the story and don’t corrupt the plots.”

Mystery Tribune

“Westerson does an excellent job combining actual famous people such as Geoffrey Chaucer with her fictitious characters…she presents a page-turning thriller while mixing in a little romance with compelling drama. This is an enjoyable stand-alone novel, but I plan on reading the four previous books in the series. Highly recommended for readers of medieval mysteries.”

Historical Novel Society

“If you’re a history buff with a penchant for romantic suspense that borders on noir, Jeri Westerson delivers the goods…What she does especially well is weave period detail with murder. The investigation and the crime itself could have taken place in no era or locale but that of medieval London.”

Criminal Element

“Ms. Westerson’s research is impeccable…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.”

Buried Under Books

“You’re in for a great story with a stellar cast of characters set in 1386 in London as Westerson skillfully weaves a tale of murder, deceit, and treachery.”

Red Room

“…a very nicely judged balance between historical background, a pleasing puzzle to solve, and a high adventure content as our knight must get back in the saddle.”


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“All will appreciate [Westerson’s] close attention to period detail.”

—Publishers Weekly

Westerson continues to provide unusual historical detail, offbeat characters and a well-integrated puzzle.”


“The dark and brutal atmosphere of the times is expressed through inspired prose that is liberally laced with action.”

—RT Book Reviews

“Westerson’s Middle Ages are as dark and edgy as her complex protagonist.”


“This author’s combination of strongly fashioned characters, sword-clashing action, circuitous plotting, and incidental humor long ago won me over…Westerson does a superior job of incorporating into this treasure-hunt tale the political and social complexities of Guest’s era, without hobbling her plot’s rollicking momentum.”

The Rap Sheet

“Fans of Westerson’s complicated crime-solver will not be disappointed by this latest entry in the Crispin Guest series and its blend of personal and political plotlines.”

Criminal Element

“Westerson, a Californian who has mastered medieval history, again uses her knowledge to create a taut historical thriller.  Her readers will eagerly await the next installment in the saga of Crispin and his times.”

Times Dispatch

This entertaining series featuring Crispin Guest never disappoints…Westerson whips history and mystery into a delicious blend.”

The Historical Novel Society

“The plot twists and winds through the streets of Old London…The story is rich in detail, so it’s not a book to skim or speed read…SHADOW OF THE ALCHEMIST is a good, solid, well-written murder mystery….Ms. Westerson’s historical details and knowledge of medieval London are spot on.”
Between the Book Covers
“Jeri Westerson’s writing is magical in that she literally transports you into a different time and place. She is masterful with all the small details of a setting establishing the sights, sounds, and smells of London in the late 1300s for the reader.”
Reviews by Teri

“Crispin Guest is our medieval James Bond. Bold, determined and oh-so-sexy, he has a knack for being in the wrong place at the right time… Lively action and heart-stopping suspense, twisting plot turns and a compelling cast of characters easily make this one of Jeri Westerson’s best books yet!”

–C.W. Gortner,
author of The Tudor Conspiracy

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“[The] tortured protagonist is never dull, and his newest adventure leads to a swift and satisfying conclusion.”


“THE SILENCE OF STONES is a captivating, action-filled book with two mysteries solved from different sides, which also provides a lesson in honor.  Westerson is one of those authors who is always a pleasure to read.”

It Is Purely My Opinion

“This is a satisfying and fast-paced tale, complete with Westerson’s typical dry humor and thorough research.”

Historical Novel Society


“History, mythology, and mystery mix in a rollicking adventure that offers a fresh perspective on the famous Arthurian legend.”



“Steeped in vivid historical detail, focused on a heroic protagonist and structured toward a shocking and shattering climax, CUP OF BLOOD cements Westerson’s bona fides as a master of medieval murder.”

Richmond Times-Dispatch

“I enjoy the journey the Guest novels invite the reader to take with each new installment. Westerson has a knack for writing characters with whom we can readily identify and for bringing 14th century London to life. Her characters, real and imagined, live and breathe. This is historical fiction with a difference, using a 20th century literary convention (noir) to add a new dimension to history. I so look forward to the next one in the series.”

Kings River Life Magazine

“The complex, swift-moving plot unfolds against a realistically detailed atmosphere of 14th-century London…It would be hard to improve on this exceptional historical mystery. Whether you’re approaching the Crispin Guest series as a seasoned veteran or as a newcomer, this latest entry is great fun to read.”

Reading the Past


“I have read and loved every other book in the Crispin series, which is set in late 14th-century London, and this one was no different.”

Historical Novel Society

“I read the first three books in this series several years ago, swallowing them whole while on a cruise, and being absolutely enthralled.”

Reading Reality


“. . . [F]ans will welcome [Westerson’s] hero’s return in his 10th reliquary adventure.”


“Fans of 20th-century noir will relate to Crispin, who doesn’t say no to a drink and is a sucker for damsels in distress.”

Publishers Weekly

“If you like historical mysteries where you really feel (and occasionally taste and smell) just how different the past is from our own present, Crispin Guest is a master at bringing his world to life – and solving its suspicious deaths.”

Reading Reality

“[T]his is another excellent addition to both the Crispin Guest series and to the canon of medieval mysteries overall. Highly recommended.”

Historical Novel Society


“Typical of the series, the story is well plotted and comes with a deeply satisfying resolution. Another winner.”




“Disgraced former knight Crispin Guest, aka the Tracker, returns in the eleventh tale in Westerson’s medieval noir series. After being stripped of his title and lands, Guest, in an effort to make a living, realizes he has a knack for tracking down the truth and exposing murderers. This time, after receiving a mysterious codex from a stranger in a local pub, he discovers, with the help of a rabbi, that it is the infamous Gospel of Judas. Religion and politics enter the fray as both church officials and royals scramble to get their hands on a document that could challenge the very foundations of Christianity. When murders begin to pile up, Crispin and his loyal sidekick, Jack Tucker, realize that the codex poses a tangible threat to many suspects. Grim, gritty, and utterly enthralling, Westerson’s gripping narrative pulls the reader deep into the dark underbelly of the Middle Ages.”

Booklist, Starred Review!

“Brisk prose and well-drawn characters propel this nimble excursion into religious thriller territory.”

Publishers Weekly




“Readers sad about the ending of Charlaine Harris’s Midnight, Texas trilogy will find some consolation in Moody Bog.”

Publishers Weekly

“BOOKE OF THE HIDDEN is paranormal romance perfection . . . Jeri Westerson is flawless in this tale of adventure, mystery and saucy romance. The pages reverberate with passion, and absolutely no wrong can come from vivid characters and a hero to die for.”

RT Book Reviews

“If you love well written tales of magic, curses, mystery and horror with a bit of romance I think you’d enjoy this book.”

Flora Reviews

“BOOKE OF THE HIDDEN is a perfect start to a new series and I can’t wait for the next one! . . . If you enjoy urban fantasy, don’t miss this book! Or should I say ‘Booke.'”

Kings River Life Magazine

“Subversively clever, this book sneaks up on you, teasing you to a final twist that leaves you panting for the next book. Westerson creates an utterly believable history of witches, demons, and magic for her claustrophobic New England village and peoples it with rich and wonderful characters, including a heroine with enough spark, smarts, and stubbornness to keep both the bad guys and the deliciously dangerous love-interest on their toes. Definitely a keeper!”

—Kat Richardson,
author of the Greywalker series

“The power of tea compels you to read this devilishly delightful Booke!”

—Maria Alexandra,
Bram Stoker Award-winning Author of Snowed and Mr. Wicker

For Deadly Rising

“Occult killings and lovestruck demons combine in this broadly blended urban fantasy novel that mixes magic and family matters.”

Publishers Weekly

“Jeri Westerson has done probably the best job in making the story very accessible to new readers without any info dumps, while successfully moving the story forward for those who have read the first book.”

Vampire Book Club

“If you love fantasy with a touch of romance and mystery, great characters, and a great plot, don’t miss Deadly Rising.”

Kings River Life

For Shadows in the Mist

“SHADOWS IN THE MIST is a fun romp through a world filled with magic, curses, and mayhem.”

All Things Urban Fantasy

For The Darkest Gateway

“Westerson generously parcels out the heroics among a diverse group of folks who undercut their stereotypes… readers who have followed Kylie’s saga get a satisfactory finale.”

Publishers Weekly


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  1. VEIL OF LIES (St. Martin’s Press, 2008)
  2. SERPENT IN THE THORNS (St. Martin’s Press, 2009)
  3. THE DEMON’S PARCHMENT (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2010)
  4. TROUBLED BONES (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2011)
  5. BLOOD LANCE (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2012)
  6. SHADOW OF THE ALCHEMIST (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2013)
  7. THE SILENCE OF STONES (Severn House, 2015)
  8. A MAIDEN WEEPING (Severn House, 2016)
  9. SEASON OF BLOOD (Severn House, 2017)
  10. THE DEEPEST GRAVE (Severn House, 2018)
  11. TRAITOR’S CODEX (Severn House, 2019)
  12. CUP OF BLOOD (A prequel) (2014)
  • Book #1 – Finalist for the Macavity Award for Best Historical Mystery!
  • Book #1 – Finalist for the Shamus Award!
  • Book #2 – Finalist for the Macavity Award for Best Historical Mystery and finalist for the LCC/Bruce Alexander Historical Mystery Award!
  • Book #3 – Nominated for Romantic Times Award for Best Historical Mystery and Finalist for the Macavity for Best Historical Mystery!
  • Book #4 – Nominated for the 2012 Macavity Award for Best Historical Mystery, the Agatha Award for Best Historical Mystery, the Romantic Times Award for Best Historical Mystery, and is a Finalist for the LCC/Bruce Alexander Historical Mystery Award!
  • Book #6 – Best of 2013 Selection by Suspense Magazine!
  • Book #6 – finalist for an RT Reviewers Choice Award in the Mystery Suspense & Thriller category
  • Audio rights (#1-3) to Audible
  • Audio rights (#4-6) to Brilliance
  • French rights (#1-4) to Pygmalion
  • Italian rights (#1-2) to Newton Compton
  • Italian kiosk rights (#1) to Fabbri
  • Polish rights (#1-4) to Fabryka Slow***
  • Russian rights (#1-2) to AST***
  • Large print rights (#3) to Thorndike Press


  • The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award nominee from Left Coast Crime


  1. BOOKE OF THE HIDDEN (Diversion, 2017)
  2. DEADLY RISING (Diversion, 2018)
  3. SHADOWS IN THE MIST (Diversion, 2019)

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***Three asterisks (***) placed after the record of a foreign territory sale indicate that those rights have expired and are available for purchase in that market for that title(s).***