Jeri Westerson is known for her critically acclaimed Crispin Guest Medieval Noir Mystery novels, and the final book in that series — The Deadliest Sin — will be released this December.
Westerson first began writing novels about Crispin Guest, a disgraced knight turned detective, in 2007 with Veil of Lies. She styled these books “Medieval Noir” for having them feature a hardboiled protagonist set in the Middle Ages. That book and her subsequent novels received critical acclaim and award nominations.
Now Westerson has decided that The Deadliest Sin, the fifteenth novel in the series, will be the final one. “It’s bittersweet for me,” says Westerson. “Ending a long-running series is a door closing, but another one opening for new opportunities and new series to write, like a Tudor mystery series that has been on my mind for some time.”
Coming out this December from Severn House, The Deadliest Sin features all the tropes Westerson has grown fond of; strange deaths, religious relics, and another element:
The nuns of St. Frideswide are dying in the manner of the Seven Deadly Sins, and Crispin is called in to investigate. But with the throne of England in an uproar, he soon finds himself fighting for his very existence as he must choose whether to do battle for King Richard or with Richard’s enemies, in this last tale of London’s Tracker.
Westerson has written over thirty novels, which include mysteries, paranormal and other historical themes. She explains why that the Crispin Guest series is now ending:
I’d rather end on a high note. And since each book is the next year and the next in the characters’ lives, I was following the historical timeline. It was a natural ending that I always planned to make to the series.