Eric Jager presents his historical crime novel Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris in a classic layout for a murder mystery, which works in its favor. The ‘detective’ in this tale, Guillaume de Tignonville or Sir Guillaume, uses logic and reasoning to solve this murder even though it was popular to use torture as a means to solve a crime. He is highly successful in proving what he set out to do when writing this novel, which was to show the forward thinking of Sir Guillaume with the methods he used to solve this crime.
For lack of a better word it’s insane the things people did and got away with during medieval times. Just, crazy! A lot of things that happen in this book could easily be featured in a fiction book. When I look at this book as just a history book, it was easy to understand, it wasn’t boring or stuffy. Although I do not speak French, which I wish I did because it would be awesome to know how some of the names and places are pronounced, the author immediately translated any French phrases he included in the book. I also really liked his descriptions of places and documents, which were followed by picture of the actual documents or artists renditions of architecture or people. There was only one part of the book that was a bit slow, this is right after the crime is solved and the author goes through the history between the killer and victim. I really don’t know how that could be fixed. This is the only part where the book dragged, but it didn’t take away from my love of this book. I would recommend Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris to people who enjoy reading history, true crime, or fantasy (even though there isn’t any magic.).