The Deadliest Sin

Severn House. (Crispin Guest, Bk. 15). Dec. 2021. 224p. ISBN 9780727889713. $28.99. M
The 15th Crispin Guest mystery (after Spiteful Bones) wraps up the historical series. Crispin, a knight stripped of his honor and his lands, has learned to live by his wits in 14th-century London. Now he and his apprentice Jack Tucker are called to a priory to investigate the murder of two nuns. One nun was left by the pigsty, food stuffed down her throat. The other was found smothered to death. When screams send everyone running to the church, Crispin learns the intent of the killer. A third nun lays dead, arranged with money coming from her mouth, reflecting a painting of the seven deadly sins. While Crispin and Jack face gravedigging and confrontational nuns, Crispin also faces his own past. As a Lancaster supporter, he lost everything as a traitor to Richard II. Now, the Duke of Lancaster’s son, Henry, is marching through England, facing little opposition. How will Guest be treated if a new Lancaster takes the throne?
VERDICT An appropriate end to Westerson’s series. Long-time fans will be eager to see if Crispin can triumph over the past, and anyone who enjoys medieval mysteries can follow it easily.
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