Troubled Bones (#4)

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Since losing his knighthood, Crispin Guest has crafted a reputation throughout London. From the shadowy corners of the city to the exclusive halls of the royal court he is known as the Tracker, an investigator for hire who can find anyone or anything. But 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.

Within 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, together with his faithful servant Jack, 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.

The riveting fourth book in the Crispin Guest series re-imagines the world of The Canterbury Tales in an engaging, suspenseful mystery. Troubled Bones was nominated for the Macavity, the Agatha, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice, and the Bruce Alexander Historical Mystery awards.


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


“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

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

RT Book Reviews, 4.5 stars, Top Pick

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


“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

“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

Awards & Accolades


LCC/Bruce Alexander Historical Mystery Award Finalist


Macavity Award Nominee: 2012 “Best Historical Mystery”


Agatha Award Nominee: “Best Historical Mystery”


Romantic Times Award Nominee: “Best Historical Mystery”