The Crispin series is excellent at showing the difficulties of life in medieval England. The meeting with Chaucer and his group of pilgrims adds great enjoyment to the book. This is a fantastic book you won’t want to put down.
Disgraced knight Crispin Guest returns in the latest noir adventure set in 14th-century England. He has developed a reputation as the Tracker and now in trouble again in London he has to accept a job far out of town. Jack Tucker, one of the many homeless boys of the time, comes along as his assistant. They are going to Canterbury, where the archbishop has a case for them involving threatened artifacts. Crispin must protect the relics, reveal a heretic and find a murderer, all before he can return to London. (MINOTAUR, Oct., 320 pp., $25.99)