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When a corpse turns up at his favorite tavern, Crispin Guest - disgraced knight turned detective - begins an inquiry, but the dead man turns out to be a Templar knight, an order thought to be extinct for 75 years, charged with protecting a certain religious relic which is now missing. Before he can begin to investigate, Crispin is abducted by shadowy men who are said to be minions of the French anti-pope. Further complicating matters are two women: one from court with an enticing proposition, and another from Crispin's past, dredging up long-forgotten emotions he would rather have left behind. And as if all that weren't enough, a cunning young cutpurse by the name of Jack Tucker has insinuated himself into Crispin's already difficult life. The deeper Crispin probes into the murder, the more it looks like the handiwork of an old friend turned adversary. With enemies from all sides, Crispin has his hands full in more than murder in this intriguing prequel to the acclaimed series.
©2014 Jeri Westerson (P)2014 Jeri Westerson
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By Marcheta on 01-12-15

Enjoyable beginning for the Crispin Guest series

Would you listen to Cup of Blood again? Why?

Yes - I enjoy the characters, the plot, and the writing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Crispin Guest - he's a man who has been betrayed by people he thought were his friends. Guest, who was once a knight, has his title, money, and lands taken from him. Now he has to make a living as a "tracker" - someone who finds things or people for a price. Since the story is set under Richard II in England in the late 14th century, social classes are very distinct.

What about Tim Campbell’s performance did you like?

I love this man's voice. My cats love his voice, too. He does a great job with all the different voices from different classes, and his women's voices are good, too.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed often at the interaction between Crispin and Jack Tucker, the eleven year old boy who sort of becomes Crispin's assistant - Jack is kept busy running to the tavern for wine, cleaning up Crispin's messy room, etc.

Any additional comments?

This is the prequel to six books in the Crispin Guest series. Audible has these six books, and the author has recently announced that there are more to come.

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By cafurg on 03-08-17

Good Historical Fiction

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Good plot. I particularly enjoy historical fiction.This is a prequel to other stories to follow. Will definitely be checking them out as well.

What about Tim Campbell’s performance did you like?

Tim Campbell is an excellent narrator. Would not hesitate to listen to other audio books narrated by Mr. Campbell.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No particular moment. Crispin Guest, disgraced, stripped of his titles, yet still held on to his pride. Enemies abound around every corner, strong character.

Any additional comments?

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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By Amazon Customer on 04-07-17

A rivetting story, interwovwn plots with endearing

A rivetting story...well interwoven plots.
certainly the story entralls but, sadly not the narrator...had to grit my teeth on times.I would guess from the sometimes heard accent and strange intonations, the narrator was not a native english speaker....the strangely pronounced words were a distraction on times.and english characters seemed to speak with a forign accent !

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By Richard on 05-12-16

Awful Narration

The narration was stilted and robotic, (think speaking clock!) for the majority of this book, apart from when the boy Jack was speaking, which spoilt it for me. The pronunciation was Americanised although the story is set in England and was annoying too. The story was OK but a bit far fetched. On the positive side, the historical facts at the end were interesting. Would I listen to it again? No!

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