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Interred with Their Bones (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Jennifer Lee Carrell

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Title:Interred with Their Bones
Authors:Jennifer Lee Carrell
Info:Dutton (2007), Edition: 1st Edition: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1, Hardcover
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Interred with Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell (2007)

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I don't know that I have much to add to the numerous reviews here, but I do feel very mixed about this book. Many have described it as a smart Da Vinci Code with Shakespeare, but I don't know if that really does justice to the book. There are definitely some similarities, but I think it can transcend the cheesiness of the book-thriller genre (in places).

As this type of bibliomystery goes, Interred with their Bones was pretty good. Somehow I think it avoided the disappointment that I inevitably feel with these sorts of books. Not that the ending wasn't ridiculous, but I enjoyed the atmosphere and I felt the urgency of uncovering the secret. It was pretty well paced and kept my interest. So it utilized some important elements of the genre (hidden book, arcane knowledge, secret clues, good suspense, interesting historical detail) in a way that really was outstanding.

However (and isn't there always a however?), despite all this, there was just something a bit ham-handed about a lot of the plot development. In one scene the main character seems unfamiliar with the name of a particular Spanish monastery--on the next page she's filling in her companion about who signed that monastery's guestbook in 1606. There are all kinds of inconsistencies like this, as well as bizarre character arcs that don't make a ton of sense. Just suspend your disbelief. And prepare to be hit by some massive information dumping.

All these pros and cons stated, I think the book is still pretty enjoyable. It reminded me a little of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness: there is so much that irritated me about both books, but they both kept me on the edge of my seat and swept up in the action. Maybe I am a snob, but I guess I appreciate that both Dr. Carrell and Dr. Harkness are also academic experts in their subjects. They can add just that extra amount of erudition that makes you feel like you're not reading total trash. ( )
  sansmerci | Apr 6, 2014 |
Interesting thriller revolving a work possibly written by Shakespeare, of which no copy has ever surfaced ... until now. The race (for clues & information) begins in London, travels to Harvard, then to the Folger Library in Washington, DC, then out to the west including Cedar City, Utah, home of an annual Shakespeare Festival, on to Arizona, and then back to London. You don't need to know anything about Shakespeare to read this mystery/thriller and you may learn more than ever wanted to know. ( )
  bibliostuff | Mar 20, 2014 |
During rehearsals for Hamlet at London's Globe Theatre, director Kate Stanley is surprised when her former mentor, Roz Howard, drops in to see her. Although they were once close, the two women haven't spoken in several years. Roz presents Kate with a mysterious package and warns her not to open it unless she's prepared to follow wherever it leads. Roz promises to tell Kate more that evening but she is killed before Kate can learn any more from her. Her only clue is inside the package. Its contents set Kate on the trail of 400-year-old secrets concerning William Shakespeare's life and a lost play. As Kate hops from London to Boston to the Southwest U.S. she must stay one step ahead of the killer, who just might be one of the few people she's trusted to help her in her quest.

Each chapter ends on a cliffhanger, making it hard to put the book down once you've started. The plot is a lot like the movie National Treasure. Just substitute a Shakespearean play for the Declaration of Independence. Readers need to be willing to suspend disbelief. For example, Kate is allowed into her office in the Globe within a few hours of a fire without any protective clothing. This would never happen that quickly in real life.

Almost every conversation turns into an information dump. By the end of the book, readers have been exposed to most of the controversies about Shakespeare's identity, the history of the Globe, the religious wars between Catholics and Protestants, the work of prominent Shakespearean scholars in various centuries, etc. Authors often make the mistake of including everything they know in their first novel without editing out details that don't add anything to the plot.

My biggest problem with the book is why it was necessary for Kate to do all that globetrotting. Her dissertation research supposedly uniquely qualified her to unravel the mystery, yet the killer was either hot on her trail or waiting at the next destination without the benefit of the clues she found. These problems are all fixable and I'm willing to give the sequel a chance since historical thrillers are among my favorites for escape reading. ( )
  cbl_tn | Aug 5, 2013 |
Interred With Their Bones is not light reading. It is packed with fact and fiction about the plays of William Shakespeare. Wait, maybe the plays of Francis Bacon or Christopher Morley or, or, or.

Kate Shelton is busy directing Hamlet at the New Globe Theatre in London when Roz, her old college professor shows up. They haven't seen each other since Kate abandoned her life in academia for the wild and wooly life in the theatre. Roz gives her a brooch and asks her to help her find out if there really is a copy of one of the lost plays of Shakespeare.

When Roz is killed that same day Katie becomes determined to follow the leads to then end of the earth. She spends time in England, the U.S. southwest, Harvard, and Spain. She is aided and hindered by various people along the way.

While I loved the book and the story I do wish I had more knowledge of the controversy about Shakespeare and the arguments about who actually wrote the plays. I read a lot of Shakespeare while in high school and college but haven't looked at any of the plays recently so I felt at a disadvantage. There are plenty of explanations and you don't get lost while trying to follow the story but you do have to pay attention because there is just so much information given.

Highly recommended if you like your mysteries dense with lots of history and some wonderful plot twists and turns. ( )
  bookswoman | Jun 24, 2013 |
I had warned myself long ago about avoiding books that tried to jump on the DaVinci Code bandwagon, since they seemed to be slapped together without much care in hopes of capturing the attention of one of the millions of people who had spent money on Dan Brown's blockbuster. I let down my guard with Interred with Their Bones - it was about Shakespeare, not mysterious religious texts, after all. Missing Shakespeare plays! The secret identity of the playwright! Should be excellent.

Except, not.

I wanted it to be so much better than it was, but it just had so many problems. The sheer number of blown up buildings and murder victims just felt absolutely unbelievable. I was never convinced that any of this mayhem was necessary. I'm sure the author was going for "exciting" - but in reality, it was just a little bit silly.

Another thing that was unbelievable was the secret-keeping and the necessity of the main character's involvement. She brings up a few times that she specialized in occult Shakespeare ('occult' meaning secret, not supernatural, she explains), but never once was it demonstrated to me that she possessed some knowledge that everyone else lacked. All of the other Shakespeare scholars seem to be right there with her in deducing things. Also, there is no practical reason for the main character's mentor to hide nearly-indecipherable clues in sneaky spots. In the beginning of the novel, the mentor gives the main character a package to open that contains the first clue and then is murdered before she can explain it. Why did she hide the clues in the first place? Why didn't she stick a letter explaining everything in the package instead of a vague clue?

Having read all of Dan Brown's books, I knew already who the villain would be. Note to anyone hoping to be the next Dan Brown: please note his pattern and then do the opposite in your book.

I write all of this with a sigh of disappointment, since I love mysteries about books. I wonder if someone else has done anything with this idea minus all the explosions. ( )
  BrookeAshley | May 21, 2013 |
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The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones....

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A long-lost work of Shakespeare, newly found.
A killer who stages the Bard’s extravagant murders as flesh-and-blood realities.
A desperate race to find literary gold, and just to stay alive. . . .

On the eve of the Globe’s production of Hamlet, Shakespeare scholar and theater director Kate Stanley’s eccentric mentor Rosalind Howard gives her a mysterious box, claiming to have made a groundbreaking discovery. But before she can reveal it to Kate, the Globe burns to the ground and Roz is found dead . . . murdered precisely in the manner of Hamlet’s father. Inside the box Kate finds the first piece in a Shakespearean puzzle, setting her on a deadly, high-stakes treasure hunt.

From London to Harvard to the American West, Kate races to evade a killer and decipher a tantalizing string of clues, hidden in the words of Shakespeare, that may unlock literary history’s greatest secret. At once suspenseful and elegantly written, Interred with Their Bones is poised to become the next bestselling literary adventure in the tradition of The Thirteenth Tale and The Historian.

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Receiving a mysterious box from her eccentric mentor, who claims it contains a newly found work by Shakespeare, theater director and scholar Kate Shelton is horrified when her theater is burned to the ground and her mentor killed.

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