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Alms for Oblivion: A Shakespearean Murder Mystery (2003)

by Philip Gooden

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It's been a few years since I bought this book that has been sitting on the shelf ever since. What a mistake! It turned out to be a very entertaining mystery, filled with twists and turns, but also fun. It was peopled with an interesting collection of characters who portrayed the times very nicely. There were many references to Shakespeare's words and works, some I probably missed, some I had to look up, but I think I recognized most of them. The good news is that I have another one in the series also waiting to be read. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0786711426, Hardcover)

An actor is dead, and the cast of suspects grows, but the finger of a hostile coroner is pointing directly at amateur detective Nick Revill. With as many twists to its plot as a Shakespearean play and betrayals compounded as often as in Troilus and Cressida, Philip Gooden again offers a strong historical mystery with an wonderfully intriguing plot. With some surprise, actor Nick Revill learns that his boyhood friend Peter Agate has arrived in London, to try his hand at acting. While Nick wants to welcome the competition in his stage company, which is mounting a private production of Troilus and Cressida for the lawyers of the Middle Temple, he is a bit resentful of Agate’s warm reception—but not so resentful, he’d have stabbed his friend to death. Another violent death follows, and it, too, patently implicates Nick. An aristocratic pair of siblings, a flashy troublemaker from a rival troupe, a former actor who once saw the devil onstage—all stand among Nick’s suspects. But the hangman’s noose is tightening around his own neck.

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