If it's true, as some wags have it, that there are only five plots in literature (and life), surely Shakespeare told them all. In Much Ado About Murder
Anne Perry has rounded up 17 variations on his themes, in short stories that range in time and place from Jacobean London to the royal court of France, and from Plantagenet England to the Rome of Coriolanus. The authors of these carefully observed tales have already proven their talents in a host of more contemporary thrillers, although Perry herself is best known for her Victorian mysteries featuring William Monk, and Sharan Newman, a medieval historian, is comfortably at home in 12th-century France and late-Roman Britain. Aficionados of the Bard of Avon will find much to enjoy in this spirited collection, and even those with only a smattering of Shakespearean knowledge will find the themes timeless enough to ignore the authors' occasional anachronisms. --Jane Adams
About the Author
Anne Perry was born in Blackheath, London in 1938. From an early age, she enjoyed reading and two of her favorite authors were Lewis Carroll and Charles Kingsley. Her first novel was The Cater Street Hangman, which came out in 1979. Since then she has authored a number of bestselling titles including The Twisted Root, Half Moon Street, and Bedford Square.