A beautiful and mysterious woman sets this mystery in motion. She approaches Crispin, asking for his aid in finding her niece. Things are not what they seem, however, and when a monk falls into his door with Crispin's old rival Simon Wynchecombe's dagger in his back and a blood relic in his hand, events take a perilous direction.
Crispin has a skeptical approach to relics, but this one seems unlike the usual fakes. Religious institutions were often competitive about relics because relics were a source of pilgrims and income; blood relics containing the blood of Christ were particularly desirable.
Read in September; review scheduled for Dec. 21.
Historical Mystery. Jan. 1, 2017. Print length: 224 pages.