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The Counterfeit Crank
St. Martin's, August 2004, 3.95, 288 pp. ISBN 0312319495 In Elizabethan England the acting troupe of Westfield's Men is having their share of woes. Playwright Edmund Hoode has taken ill and it is up to his protégée Michael Grammaticus to finish the new play the actors are to perform. Michael is so grateful to his mentor for his support that he pays for the doctor and the special food he prescribes. A card player Alexander Marwood entices some ...
The Elephants of Norwich
This is the eleventh book in a series set in old England covering the adventures of a team of Royal Commissioners, who are travelling the country settling land claims following the Norman invasion. The books tend to follow a tight formula but this does not make them any less of a pleasure to read. On their arrival in Norwich, the commissioners are greeted by a murder and a theft, to be solved before they start their own legal duties. The elephants are...
The Foxes of Warwick - Domesday Books 12
St. Martin's, Feb 2002, 23.95, 274 pp. ISBN: 0312280882 While on a hunt with his hounds, local constable Henry Beaumont finds the crushed corpse of Martin Reynard. Outraged that the homicide occurred on his lands and to a former employee of his, Henry investigates the crime. Having no experience on murder cases, Henry ignores motive and opportunity to decide that only the blacksmith had the means i.e., the strength to perform this odious ac...
The Owls of Gloucester
St. Martin's, Apr 2003, 23.95, 288 pp. ISBN: 0312285426 Late in the eleventh century under the reign of William, Brother Nicholas fails to return to Gloucester Abbey from collecting the rents. He remains missing for two days leading to concern and high tension among the residents of Gloucester Abbey because that is out of character for the monk. Anxiety dramatically increases when two novices, known for their misdeeds, stumble over the corpse o...
The Vagabond Clown
St. Martin's, August 2003, 24.95, 352 pp. ISBN 0312307896 The Westfield's Men acting troupe consider themselves very lucky while in London to be based at The Queen's Head Inn. It has an enclosed yard that is perfect as an outdoor theatre and it even has balconies for the aristocrats and wealthy merchants that want to attend a play without mingling with the common folk. When a riot breaks out during a play they are giving, one of their star perf...
The Wanton Angel
Nicholas Bracewell is the stagemanager for Lord Westfield's Men; it is Elizabethan 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 edi...
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