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
love audio books - Anglophile
Yes - I enjoy the characters, the plot, and the writing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The story is set in the time of knights and ladies but the hero, Crispin, is a former knight who is forced to make a living as a commoner. He becomes a "tracker" or a private detective. Crispin is forced to face his past when he investigates a poisoning and the suspect turns out to be his former best friend Stephen, the man responsible for Crispin's downfall. Throw in his former fiancée, Knight Templars, and a beautiful lady with a bad reputation and you have a story that delivers on the action.
One of the most memorable parts of the story was that we finally find out the background of Jack Turner, the young boy who is Crispin's servant (and sidekick). Jack is a continuing character who appears in the other books in the series and my favorite character (sorry Crispin! ).
I certainly would listen to Cup of Blood again, and again. Tim Campbell does a masterful job of acting when reading this book. His voice is deep and dramatic as befits the main character. His pace is perfect, easy to understand and each character has their own voice. He makes the book come alive.
Cripsin, the title chacter of all the books in the series is my favourite. I have to admit, that I would have a bit of a crush on him if I were in his time. He has honour, is darkly complex, very masculine, and extremely bright. Move over Archie Goodwin.
Of course, I always like the end of the book, with the sense of satisfaction it brings, but I honestly can't pick out one scene I liked any more than another.
Yes! I was so immersed in the story and the acting was so good, I took offense to anything which took me away from it.
This is a great series and wonderful way to start it, if you havent discovered the Crispin books yet. I see my credits going to the series until have them all. On second thought, I may have to buy extra credits. I can't wait that long.
Story setting was unusual and added interest to plot. recommend if you do not mind narration
No - clear diction but I found mispronounced words irritating - often simple words. Usually I do not like a narration because of accent -tone but here it was mistakes that could have been checked and edited out.
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!
"a great prequel ☺"
It was wonderful to get more of an insight to how Crispin and Jack met and the background to his first love
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