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Interred with Their Bones Paperback – Bargain Price, August 26, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
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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)
More About the Author
I've wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. Early on, my fallback career choices were ballerina and astronaut. Much later, I thought I'd become a Shakespeare professor. Through some strange twists and turns, I've circled back to writing.
I was born in Washington, D.C., but I grew up in Arizona. I have a Ph.D. in English from Harvard, along with undergraduate degrees from Oxford and Stanford. I was first pulled into studying literature by the Arthurian legend, and later by Norse sagas, Tolkien, and Shakespeare; my father jokes that I majored in fairy tales. It was something of a surprise to find myself writing thrillers; now I'm turning to historical fiction. Before I began to write books full time, I taught literature and writing at Harvard. Later, I was the classical music critic for the Arizona Daily Star. I've also written a number of pieces for the Smithsonian Magazine.
Here's what I think about writing: Storytelling should be an adventure, not just the stringing-together of other people's adventures. On the trail of stories, I have: rappelled from a six-story tower using an emergency hand-tied halter (while writing about the training of firefighters); tracked mountain lions on mule-back through the mountain range Geronimo used as home base and hideout; held Yo-Yo Ma's cello; ridden the roller-coaster ride of a professional cutting horse (herding cattle); and posed for David Hockney on a BBC set while stuffed into a medieval gown originally made for Star Trek, with a red-velvet turban improvised from a set of men's pants perched on my head. From the sublime to the ridiculous -- and all of it wondrous
I live in Tucson, AZ, with my husband, daughter, two dogs, and three literary cats (who try to help me type out my manuscripts).
Top Customer Reviews
As has been noted elsewhere in these Amazon reviews, perhaps the most interesting portion of this book is to be found in the Author's Note at the back of the volume. In it, Dr. Carrell tells how she came upon Shakespeare's possible lost plays in E. K. Chambers' magisterial four-volume study, "The Elizabethan Stage."
"I began to wonder," she writes, "what would it be like to find one of these plays. Where might one unearth such a thing? What would the moment of discovery feel like? And what would the finding do to the shape of one's life--apart from the obvious bestowal of instant wealth and fame?" [Hardback edition, page 407]
"Interred with Their Bones" is Dr. Carrell's 405 page attempt to answer the questions generated by her reading of Chambers.
The format of the answering takes the form of an academic quest generously laced with copious amounts of homicide, general looniness and sight-seeing. The object of the quest, the McGuffin, is a manuscript of a play that was produced before the English royal court in 1613 under the name "Cardenno" or maybe "Cardenna" that may or may not have been the same as a play registered in 1653 (but never published) under the names of John Beaumont and William Shakespeare and called "Cardenio."
The course to be followed by the protagonists is the one set out in that universal guidebook for lunatic quests, "The Da Vinci Code." Faithful to its precepts, the questors will find themselves beset by people who drop mysterious clues because, for some unexplained reason, they refuse to express themselves in simple declarative sentences.Read more ›
In a series of feints and counter feints, Kate Stanley applies herself to the mystery of Roz's discovery, with the help of Sir Henry and a young man who professes kinship to Rosalind. But at every turn, new dangers arise. Undaunted, Kate sidesteps even the police investigator in an effort to find the secret first. As she realizes all too well, someone else is traveling the path, frequently one step ahead. A few narrow misses convince Kate that her protector, Ben Pearl, is an asset, at least for the moment.Read more ›
Her lack of remorse for putting her friends in harm's way compounds the cold arrogance of her intellectual superiority. The author, J.L. Carrell, self conciously displays her own familiarity with the resources and politics of academia's most clubby elites by dragging her heroine from one to the next, rapidly turning reader curiosity into irritation. It's like being invited into a store the proprietors know you can't afford to buy anything in. The story line is necessarily choppy due to the switches in locale and secondary characters, the Shakespeare arcania emphasizes high-flown academic criticism rather than the more generally accessible text, and the characters, from the heroine on down, are two dimensional and unengaging since they exist only to serve the irrational plot line. By the time the climax is reached, the story's logic has broken down completely and the denouement is just silly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Since "DaVinci" we've gotten a spate of heavy, earnest books that try to be serious about goofy literary conspiracies, or that go for faux-accuracy, or that try to convince us that... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pop Bop
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 7 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 9 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 11 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 13 months ago by Lisa Schureman
Poorly written (grammar, syntax), uninteresting, sophomoric. 'Made it about a third of the way and gave up.Published 16 months ago by M. C.