Cup of Blood

  • by Jeri Westerson
  • Narrated by Tim Campbell
  • 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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 Campbellā€™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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- Marcheta "love audio books - Anglophile"

Templars and the Grail

This book made me feel I was really in London in the time of Richard II. The mystery is tangled and intriguing, and the descriptions of the environment and people are just wonderful. The character of Crispin is particularly compelling. He was convicted of treason, publicly stripped of his title and property, and turned out on the streets to starve. Alone, impoverished, and thoroughly disgraced, he still clings to his pride and sense of honor.
The narrator did a wonderful job with characters from many different levels of society. Bravo!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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- Bookaholic

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-14-2014
  • Publisher: Old London Press