The Pale Companion (Shakespearean Murder, #3)

by Philip Gooden

Book review

Midsummer 1601. Nick Revill and his fellow actors in the Chamberlain's Men are journeying across the Wiltshire Downs for a country-house presentation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. It should be a pleasant, well-paid jaunt to celebrate a noble marriage, but things go wrong from the start. On a brief stopover in the market town of Salisbury, the locals make clear their dislike of actors by beating up Nick, a painful experience relieved only by his meeting with the local magistrate Adam Fielding—and Fielding's beautiful daughter Kate. When the Chamberlain's Men arrive at their destination, Instede House, they enter a tense family atmosphere. Lord Elcombe is pushing his older son into a marriage that the son seems set against, while in the nearby woods a wild man called Robin talks in riddles of long-hidden family secrets. In another quarter of the great estate lodges a traveling band of fire-and-brimstone morality players called the Paradise Brothers. The first death, when it occurs, looks like suicide, but Nick isn't so sure, and he finds himself investigating alongside the company of Adam Fielding. Then a second murder happens right under Nick's nose ... and turns the Dream into a nightmare. “The witty narrative, laced with puns and word play so popular in this period, makes this an enjoyable racy tale.”—Sunday Telegraph

PublisherConstable & Robinson
Release date 02.06.2002
Pages count288
File size1.8 Mb
eBook formatHardcover, (torrent)En
Book rating3.73 (22 votes)

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