The thing I love about Crispin is that he operates within this historical framework while maintaining personal integrity, his own moral compass, and a sense of humor that never seems to desert him no matter the circumstances. And the circumstances have not been the best for Crispin since he was banished from court, stripped of his title and his land, losing his money and position in the process, and forced to survive by his wits and skill as the "Tracker".
In this second book in the series, a simpleminded tavern girl shows up at his door in the Shambles asking for his help. A body was found in her room with an arrow protruding from the man and she must have killed him. The man was a courier from the French king transporting a relic to England. Crispin is drawn into the events and they quickly spiral out of control to the point where Crispin is implicated in the murder. With time running out he has to unravel the conspiracy behind the murder and save his country and himself in the process. How he manages to do this is a reader's delight in the hands of the skillful Westerson. This book is pure fun and one of my favorite reads of the past few months. I highly recommend it. I can't wait to tackle "The Demon's Parchment" [Book 3], and the 4th installment, "Troubled Bones", which is due out in October.