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Nicholas Bracewell is the stagemanager for Lord Westfield's Men; it is Elizabethan
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England and all is not well, at least not on the theatrical scene. Edward Marston
has submitted yet another exciting episode in this series. In “The Wanton Angel,”
the tenth of this series, the players find that they are about to lose their theatre, due
to political reasons. So they decide to build their own theatre, just outside the
jurisdiction of the current edict. Natually, their rivals enter into the picture. After
construction has started and success seems imminent, one of the Westfield actors is
found murdered at the new site. As he begins an investigation, Nicholas himself is
assaulted severely; other misfortunes occur (such as cast members leaving; another
actor is accused in a paternity suit!). But a mysterious female benefactor appears,
promising to underwrite the entire undertaking, and to see that the new theatre is
built. It seems all their prayers have been answered. Unfortunately for them, that is
not the case, and all hell seems to break loose. It takes the skill of Bracewell and his
colleagues to resolve the problems!
The review of this Book prepared by Bill Hobbs

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Murder of certain profession?    -   artists Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   20's-30's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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