The Demon's Parchment

A Medieval Noir
The Demon's Parchment: A Medieval Noir. Minotaur: St. Martin's. Oct. 2010. 307p. ISBN 978-0-312-62104-9. $25.99. M
Crispin Guest has lost everything because he backed the wrong man to be the next king of England and now makes ends meet by serving as a tracker, a man who finds things for people. In his third outing (after Veil of Lies and Serpent in the Thorns), Crispin is hired by two sheriffs to identify the killer who is leaving the bodies of young boys on the banks of the Thames. At the same time he is asked to locate some important documents owned by a Jewish physician tending to the queen.
VERDICT Westerson skillfully lulls her sleuth and the reader into a sense of "I know what is going on," then zings them with the truth. Absolutely first-class; highly recommended for fans of medieval mysteries.
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