Author Jeri Westerson joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the eighth in her Crispin Guest Medieval Noir Mystery series, THE SILENCE OF STONES.
Crispin Guest is in some ways a traditional hard-boiled private investigator set in a non-traditional setting. While many PIs are white nights, Crispin is an actual knight in 14th century England.
Jeri describes the style of the series as historically accurate noir mysteries. The series has been nominated for multiple awards in the mystery genre, but since she hasn’t (yet) won, Jeri refers to herself as the Susan Lucci of mystery authors.
Jeri shares the story of THE SILENCE OF STONES and uses the phrase “ticking sundial” to describe the pressure that Crispin is under to solve the case.
We discuss Jeri’s love of history, where it came from and why she’s specifically interested in England during the Middle Ages. She differentiates between historically accurate fiction and historical fantasy.
Jeri shares her long-term love affair with Geoffrey Chaucer and how that plays into her series.
From the Publisher:
London, 1388. When the mythical Stone of Destiny disappears from the throne of England during mass in Westminster Abbey, the populace takes it as a sign to side with King Richard II’s rebellious barons. The last thing the king needs is for his authority to be put in question, especially after his army suffers a crushing defeat against a Scottish uprising.
Desperate, Richard calls in Crispin Guest to find the missing stone. And to ensure that he will do the deed, the king imprisons Jack Tucker and orders Crispin to find the stone before Parliament convenes in three days’ time – or Jack will hang for treason.
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