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First Folio: A Literary Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Scott Evans
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When an old friend and colleague passes away, an LSU English professor named Jack Claire travels to Swansea, Wales, to attend the funeral and is bequeathed a cache of handwritten manuscripts, the plays of William Shakespeare, along with a rare, leather-bound copy of the First Folio --the first collection of Shakespeare's plays. A problem arises, however, when he recognizes that the handwriting is NOT William Shakespeare's. He returns to Baton Rouge with and attempts to authenticate the documents, inadvertently alerting a ruthless collector who covets these priceless literary artifacts. The collector hires a relentless mercenary to steal the Shakespeare papers. Benedict resorts to violence when his surreptitious searches fail.
In California, Joseph Lawrence Conrad, a handsome young college instructor, receives mysterious handwritten original plays of Shakespeare. Not an Elizabethan scholar, Joe Conrad seeks the help of a colleague named Jonathan “Smitty” Smythe, a literary Sherlock Holmes to Joe's Watson. At once, Smitty recognizes the potential of the manuscripts and enlists the aid of Silvia Williamson, a brilliant and beautiful African-American scholar from Berkeley. As these three amateur sleuths labor to authenticate the manuscripts and determine the true author of Shakespeare's plays, they learn someone is after the priceless papers --and he's leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. Eventually, everyone connected to the Shakespeare papers is in danger, including Joe's wife and children.
Plots intersect as the scholars discover evidence (based on thorough research) pointing to the most probable author(s) of Shakespeare's works, while the ruthless collector grows closer to the prize. Along the way, Joe and the others are assisted by police detective Ryan Dunn, who saved Joe and his family years earlier, FBI Agent Terry Lott, who helps uncover the identity of the mercenary, and Bill Morgan, an attorney who assists in protecting the Shakespeare papers and the family.
This fast-paced journey of discovery takes these appealing characters from Louisiana to California, to Washington, DC, Oxford, England, Swansea, Wales, and back to London where they discover a surprising link to today's Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family, which ultimately leads Joe and Smitty to Stratford-upon-Avon, where they come face to face with a surprising and lethal truth.
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1032 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Authorhouse (December 2, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FV4ZOM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,336,344 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Scott Evans intricately weaves together a double mystery in First Folio: the well-researched and cleverly presented mystery of who is the real Shakespeare combined with a face-paced murder mystery set amidst the backdrop of the halls of academia, research libraries, beautiful lakes, and world capitals. Populated by colorful characters, vivid descriptions, and sharp dialogue, if you like a literary flavor to your mysteries, this is a book sure to please.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Confusing the Past February 1, 2011
By Pegasoi
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this fast paced mystery. It reminded me of Dan Brown's, "The Da Vinci Code." Though instead of messing with what's in the Bible, Scott Evans challenges the authorship of the next most sacred collection of books, the works of William Shakespeare. My head is still spinning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read ! June 22, 2012
By Rusher
Format:Paperback
Scott Evans "First Folio" is an amazing book. I just recently seen Mr Evans at a hotel in Williams, Az., where he was signing his latest novel, " First Folio". Since I wanted to read a good novel, I bought his book and had him sign the hardcover. Thinking that this will be a quick reading while on vacation, I quickly was hooked from page one. It is a great book to read and I have enjoyed every page. I recommed this book to anyone who is a devoted reader to history and mystery. I can't wait to read his next novel.
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