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Starred Review. Plot twists worthy of The Da Vinci Code dominate this agile first novel from Carrell (The Speckled Monster: A Historical Tale of Battling Smallpox), a thriller involving a lost Shakespeare play, The History of Cardenio. On a June day in 2004, at London's rebuilt Globe theater, Rosalind Howard, flamboyantly eccentric Harvard Professor of Shakespeare, gives her friend Katharine Stanley, who's directing a production of Hamlet at the Globe, a small gold-wrapped box. That evening, a fire damages the Globe, where Roz is found murdered in the same manner as Hamlet's father. Roz's mysterious gift, which contains a Victorian mourning brooch decorated with flowers associated with Ophelia, propels Kate on a wild and wide-ranging quest that takes her to Utah; Arizona; Washington, D.C.; and back to London. Every step of the way, as the bodies pile up, Kate narrowly escapes becoming the next murder victim. From Shakespeare conferences to desert mines, from the present to the past, this spirited and action-packed novel delivers constant excitement. Foreign rights sold in 20 countries. (Sept.)
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notable debut literary thriller.
This debut mystery kicks off with quite a bang the author never lets her pace sag as the storys roots reach back to Shakepeares time. High-class fun.
Plot twists worthy of The Da Vinci Code.
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Rides rather desperately on the coattails of the Da Vinci Code. A trashy airport thriller that lets you imagine you have cultural capital just because it involves Shakespeare... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Third Plebeian
The concept of the story is interesting and cool, but either its been a long time since I remembered anything about Shakespeare and his works or else the author isn’t a solid... Read morePublished 4 months ago by E. Sickler
In this mystery novel, the death of a Shakespearean professor sets off the hunt for one of Shakespeare’s lost plays, Cardenio,. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joe Da Rold
I resented having to put this book down to eat, do necessary chores and to sleep. It starts with a fire at the Globe Theatre on the same day and date that it originally burned... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lisa Schureman
Poorly written (grammar, syntax), uninteresting, sophomoric. 'Made it about a third of the way and gave up.Published 11 months ago by M. C.