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Dark Entry (A Christopher Marlowe Mystery) Hardcover – September 1, 2011

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Product Details

  • Series: A Christopher Marlowe Mystery (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Crème de la Crime (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780290063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780290065
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,547,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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M J Trow (the 'M' as most people know by now stands for Meirion, a Welsh name few can manage, so he writes as M J, is known by all and sundry as Mei, rhyming with 'my') has been writing for many years, with his first book - The Adventures of Inspector Lestrade - being published in 1984 by Macmillan. More Lestrades followed and then some true crime and somehow it all snowballed so now he has many historical biographies and two other crime series (Maxwell and Marlowe, the latter written with his wife, writing as Maryanne Coleman, though her name is Carol, actually!) to his credit. He claims to be retired, but that's just from teaching. In fact he has never been busier and is a sought after 'ghost' these days as well as historian and novelist, with many different subjects' stories having been told through him. He has recently started collaborating on fiction projects (with someone other than his wife, that is) and finds it a really exciting and pleasurable experience.

To relax he ... actually, that's a bit tricky, as he doesn't really ever relax. He has been known to garden, he is a keen cook and artist and likes to travel. This is rather easier these days as he is a popular speaker on cruise ships - in fact his profile picture was taken on a very gusty day in Cape Town this February, setting off on a long voyage home to Southampton through some of the scariest seas he and his wife have had the pleasure to meet! It really was the calm before the storm, despite being a Force 9 just leaving the Bay.

Family is important and he is very proud of his wife, Carol (aka Maryanne Coleman) for her own books and also the ones they write together, the Kit Marlowe series. His son, Taliesin, known as Tali, is a writer who has written a biography of the Tudor explorer Martin Frobisher as well as collaborating with Mei on several biographies. An exciting series is in the melting pot at the moment and will hopefully be appearing soon; remember where you heard it first. Tali is also a musician, playing various instruments with some acclaimed bands from the alt-bluegrass of the fabulous Coal Porters, led by Kentuckian Sid Griffin, through the classic acid folk of Lords of Thyme to the ethereal melodies of Fawn. His crystal vocals enhance everything he does and it's just as well someone in the family can sing, as it is the first thing anyone asks a Welshman!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sires on June 17, 2013
Format: Audible Audio Edition
I've always been found of Christopher Marlowe as a poet and playwrite. As a character though-- M. J. Trow pulls him one way, then another, and tries too hard to rehabilitate him from the ancient canard that Marlowe indulged in the sin that was the sin of Sodom. I find that a bit disappointing because I think a little off kilter sexuality is attractive in a man (or a woman).

Anyway, Marlowe is just about to receive his degree at Cambridge when he and his friends are caught trying to sneak back into the college grounds after a night of roistering. Marlowe escapes but the others are caught and punished with beatings. This delays the ceremony while their stripes heal. Meanwhile, an old friend of Marlowe's youth is discovered in his room, dead. This friend who is called variously by the narrator Ralph and Rafe is one of three dead bodies that make an appearance in Cambridge that month.

Marlowe is called upon by his old mentor and protector to take on the task of discovering Ralph's killer.

While a bit disappointed in Marlowe and the other overlarge cast of characters, I did like the characterization of John Dee and would not have minded seeing more of him.

Andrew Wincott, the narrator, is pretty uninspired and does nothing to punch up the story. This book would have benefited from a younger voice with more of a period feel.

M. J. Trow is a prolific novelist whose books eventually all blend together. The explanation of the murder in this case was a bit of a groaner rather than an amazing piece of detective work.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I'm giving this three stars, not because it's really "OK", but because I can't say I disliked it enough for two stars. But this is, really, a bit of a mess.

First, the POV changes happen with no notice. You'll be following a scene only to hit a POV change with a "Whomp", and it's distracting. Too many times I had to backtrack and read things again because it was confusing and to see when the change had happened. It really interrupts the flow of the story to be flopping POV around like that. Putting in some markers or extra line spacing could fix that easily, although I don't like a lot of POV changes in the normal course of a story anyway. Hidden ones you don't see coming are constantly annoying.

Second, I wanted to like Kit Marlowe, but at times wondered why bother. Yes, he wants to solve the murders that have happened around him, but he kind of blunders through the whole thing and doesn't really do much of the solving. Not even at the end. Other people seem to come up with the answers and have to tell him, including the murderer. When people run across a clue by accident, it's not really mystery solving.

Third, the author can't seem to decide if magic really exists, or if Kit is gay, (or at least Bi). There's hints that the Magnus in the story really can do magic and just isn't doing magic tricks, and isn't just pulling the wool over people eyes. I can go along either way, but find it annoying just to have hints and no real confirmation. And when other characters, and Kit himself, seemed surprised by the idea that anyone would think he'd spend any private time with women, and he's even accused of Sodomy by some strange character we don't see again, then the truth shouldn't be a mystery to the reader.
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It's Cambridge, 1583, in the early years of the Elizabethan Age. And it's Christopher Marlowe. And it's a historical whodunit. Could there be a more exciting time or a more exciting hero? Possibly, but M.J. Trow has done a convincing job of making us believe so in his first episode of a series set in this period.

In "Dark Entry" we are introduced to "Kit" Marlowe and his Corpus Christi College classmates at that august, venerable university. But "something's rotten" (to borrow a phrase of a Marlowe contemporary" on campus--in fact, more than merely "rotten," it's murder most royal and mayhem surely must follow! It does and Trow presents us with the genius that was Marlowe's, who sets out to find why two of his close friends and classmates have been found dead. In addition, another body was found in the River Cam. The coroner has pronounced them as "suicide," "accidental", and "death by drowning," but Marlowe is suspicious. He senses that the three have been murdered and all three deaths are related. He sets out to find the guilty. Along the way he is aided by his two remaining classmate friends and his patron Sir Roger Manwood and the Queen's magus himself, Dr. John Dee.

Trow shows a fine hand in developing his characters as the book progresses. Too, the author displays a respectable hand with his research into both the times and the university. Commendable and readable, indeed.

Needless to say, Marlowe triumphs (It's a historical murder mystery and they HAVE to be solved, so that comes as no surprise)--not only with finding the murderer but setting himself up for following books. I look forward to reading the remainder (five in all, at the present time).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary   Contrary on November 28, 2012
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Kept you waiting to the end to know the answer. Included delightful characters and scenes from the period. Want to follow up with the next book.
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