Veil of Lies is Jeri Westerson’s debut novel. Uniquely described by the author as a Medieval Noir mystery, this book combines the elements of a locked room mystery, Sam Spade and Brother Cadfael under one cover.
Having been stripped of his knightly rank and lands for treason, Crispin Guest is forced to scrape out a meager living using his wits. Crispin accepts a distasteful commission from a wealthy cloth merchant, Nicholas Walcote, to ascertain if his comely young wife is dallying with another man. Before Crispin is able to disclose his findings and collect his silver coins, he discovers Walcote murdered. Attempting to fulfill his knightly obligation to his benefactor Crispin becomes immersed in international intrigue and a search for a missing religious relic.
Veil of Lies is told in a contemporary voice so the reader is not bogged down with excessive archaic language. Dark shadowy settings, interesting plot twists and historical references give the reader an interesting journey back to medieval London.
If you enjoy the classic noir style of Dashiell Hammett and the historical mysteries of Sharon Penman or Michael Jecks you’re in for a treat with this debut novel. I’m known as the “Queen of Cozies” and although Veil of Lies is darker and grittier than my usual cozy mysteries, I highly recommend it.