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Caught in a web of evil, Kate Stanley tangles with a legendary curse, a witch-haunted blade, and all-too-modern murder.What price genius? Macbeth is so famously cursed that many actors refuse to name the play aloud. Kate Stanley, Shakespearean scholar and theater director, dismisses the curse as superstition, but--as the cast begins rehearsals at the foot of Scotland's DunCaught in a web of evil, Kate Stanley tangles with a legendary curse, a witch-haunted blade, and all-too-modern murder.What price genius? Macbeth is so famously cursed that many actors refuse to name the play aloud. Kate Stanley, Shakespearean scholar and theater director, dismisses the curse as superstition, but--as the cast begins rehearsals at the foot of Scotland's Dunsinnan Hill--evil begins to stir. Actors go missing, and a trench is found filled with blood. Then Kate discovers a local woman dead in circumstances that suggest ancient pagan sacrifice. Marked as either suspect or future victim, Kate races to find a dangerous, alternate version of Macbeth said to contain actual rituals of witchcraft--and Shakespeare's darkest secret....

Title : Haunt Me Still
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ISBN : 9780452296763
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Number of Pages : 406 Pages
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Haunt Me Still Reviews

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2018-12-27 06:30

    Haunt Me Still is a sequel to Interred with Their Bones in which Kate Stanley was on the hunt for a missing Shakespeare play. In this book, she is hired to stage a new production of Macbeth. Macbeth is a play so famously cursed that actors even refuse to name the play or quote from the play aloud. And it won’t take long before it seems like the play really is cursed…Interred with Their Bones was such a good book that I for a long time have wanted to read Haunt Me Still, unfortunately, this book wasn’t nearly enough good. It’s was entertaining, it was interesting; I love the idea of a lost Macbeth that is said to contain ritual of real witchcraft. But it wasn’t a page-turner for me, I read part of it now and then and I enjoyed it but it never became a book that I couldn’t put down. It was just…a good for the moment book, but not an OMG book. I liked the first book much more, it was more intense, more action and more adventures. Will I read the third book if it comes out? Yes, I would, I just hope that the mystery will be more interesting than this book.

  • Robin
    2018-12-31 08:12

    I really wanted to like this book. But honestly, it ran about 8000 words too long and by the end I didn't care what happened to any of the characters. I also didn't care what had happened alternately two hundred and four hundred years in the past, although presumably most of those characters have the decency to be dead now.if someone can tell me what that stupid chapter about flying to New York and back was about, I'd be glad to hear it.I'm only going to recommend this book if you just have a real Jones for books that are more or less about Shakespeare's plays. But I'm still totally in the dark on this one.the dark is, in my opinion, where this book belongs, and where it almost certainly should have stayed.

  • LJ
    2019-01-17 13:09

    First Sentence: Wrapped in a gown of blue-green velvet trimmed with gold, a queen’s crown on his head, the boy sat drowsing on the throne near the center of the Great Hall, just at the edge of the light. Shakespeare scholar turned stage director Kate Stanley has been asked to meet Lady Nairn, formerly actress Janet Douglas. Lady Nairn wants Kate to direct a new production of the Scottish play incorporating the collection of valuable artifacts linked to the play collected by her late husband. The play, and Shakespeare’s talent, has always been linked to the occult, including rumors of a still-existing first version of the play which includes actual magical spells. Theater, the occult, kidnapping and murder have Kate on the run to save another’s life as well as her own. Ms. Carrell’s very compelling opening is set in 1606 and creates an immediate atmosphere of suspense. While most of the story takes place in the present, the scenes in the past provide historic detail important to the story. Ms. Carrell’s level of knowledge and research done on all the subjects is clear and appreciated. If anything, other than the protagonist, the details are inclined to overwhelm the characters. This would normally be a very big deal but here, I didn’t actually mind. Her protagonist, Kate, is both someone you’d like to be, but not. She’s smart, tough and independent, but vulnerable and does have her own TSTL (too stupid to live) moment. Each of the other characters was distinct enough never to be confusing. A couple of the secondary characters were ones to whom I felt particularly attached. For me, having that empathy is critical. Ms. Carrell has a wonderful narrative voice with evocative descriptions--“…her face lined with the fine-china crackling of very fair skin in old age.”--which captivates and carries you off into the story. Whether in the past or present, the scenes were wonderfully, sometimes gruesomely, visual. Carrell expertly walked that fine line between making the reader want to be there, and happy they were not. There is a Dan Brown-ish aspect to the plot in that the last part of the book is a race against time, looking for a secret item, but this felt more possible to me. Yes, there was one rather large hole in the plot and rather too many coincidences, but it was also suspenseful; exciting and fascinating with a huge edge-of-the-seat grip to it. I’m not certain this book would appeal to everyone. Because it is so information focused, some might find the historical and non-character background slows the pace of the story. However, for those with some knowledge and love of English history, occult, mythology, Shakespeare, this is a very good, very exciting read. HAUNT ME STILL (Amateur Sleuth-Kate Stanley-Scotland-Cont) – VG+ Carrell, Jennifer Lee – 2nd in seriesDutton, ©2010, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780525950776

  • Annalisa
    2018-12-30 05:21

    I really want to like Carrell's books. I'm a Shakespearean and so they should be great fun. But having read two (this and Interred with Their Bones) I find I can't get past the insanely convoluted plots (really, when you need an author's note and a character recapping events to understand what's happening, things have spun out of control) and, honestly the treatment of Shakespeare.I love Shakespeare, obviously. I think he was a genius. But I don't think he was unique. And Carrell's books fall into that category of Bardolotry that rubs me the wrong way because underlining her plots are the assumption that Shakespeare was wildly different than any other writers, gifted in a way that can only be explained through unique circumstances or (in this case) magic. At one point, for example, the heroine Kate is musing about Shakespeare's "generosity" and how it sets him apart from other writers "Unlike Shaw or O'Neill, who'd left stage directions that ran to pages...Shakespeare did not specify much about interpretation or action or setting" (220). While true, this is a feature of early modern stage directions and the early printing of plays, not Shakespeare. None of the early modern playwrights, not even the notoriously fussy Jonson, left much in the way of stage directions. Yet Carrell makes it an argument in favor of Shakespeare's unique genius. And there are moments like that throughout the book--Macbeth is a great play all by itself. We don't need a backstory about Shakespeare stealing magic from Scottish witches to explain that. Also, I spent the entire second half of the book wondering how someone with a concussion (even a mild one) manages to rush about not only Britain but also America for 48 hours straight (and actually longer than that) without needing more than an hour nap, or food, or a shower. I don't expect realism in magical mystery thrillers, but when the author sets a clock on the proceedings and keeps reminding the reader there are 24, 12, 2! hours left, the natural result is to really think about the time passing and how that's going to affect people.

  • Kurt Young
    2018-12-28 10:11

    I DO NOT quit reading books after I've started them. God, I wish I could quit reading this book, after I started.A sound premise: Shakespeare changed MacBeth after the witch scene in his first production actually cast a working spell; it cursed the play for the rest of time.Unfortunately, this premise is quickly lost in a sea of graduate-level English Lit trivia. Pointless chases; random characters appear and are killed off; villains wander in and out, changing names.Awful dreck.

  • Bettie☯
    2018-12-24 05:09

    workaday mp3The TrailerRead by Katherine Kellgrenblurb - A legendary theatrical curse...A rune-engraved blade, a mysterious mirror, and an ancient cauldron...And a ritually murdered body laid out in the manner of ancient pagan burials.Kate Stanley, Jennifer Lee Carrell's dauntless Shakespearean scholar- turned-director, made a memorable-and New York Times bestselling-debut in Interred with Their Bones. Having chased down her mother's killer (and recovering one of Shakespeare's lost plays in the process), Kate's fame as a director with an expertise in "occult Shakespeare" catapults her-and Ben Pearl, her partner in crime- solving-into a new production of Macbeth, showcasing a fabled collection of objects relating both to the play and the historical Scottish king for whom it is named.The Bard's darkest play is famously cursed, its reputation for malevolence so strong that many actors refuse to quote or even name the play aloud. And as rehearsals begin at the foot of Scotland's Dunsinnan Hill, it doesn't take long for the curse to stir. Strange references to the boy actor who first played Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's day-and died in the role-pop up. A trench atop Dunsinnan Hill is found filled with blood, and a severed human thumb turns up among the props. And Kate begins sleepwalking, waking early one morning alone atop the hill, her hands smeared in blood.Kate has no memory of how she got there, but later that day a local woman is found dead on the hill in circumstances that suggest not just ritual murder but ancient pagan sacrifice. With the police more focused on Kate as a suspect than as a possible future victim, she and Ben find themselves in a desperate race to discover a lost version of Macbeth, said to contain rituals of witchcraft aimed at conjuring demonic forces to gain forbidden knowledge. However much Kate would like to dismiss such rituals as superstition, someone else appears willing to kill for them-and for the manuscript said to spell them out.Entirely unbelievable.

  • Steve Walker
    2019-01-05 08:08

    What a disappointment. Jennifer Carrell's first book was worth reading for the prose alone, even if it had not been a good story. But it was a great story and very fun; I couldn't put it down. This book continues with the same characters and involves another Shakespeare mystery so I anticipated a very good read. Kate is portrayed as she was in the last book and it's a year later in her life and picks right up where she left off. Ben on the other hand has his character changed. In the last book he was a loyal, trustworthy guy; a real boy scout that was there for her any time. He has been sleazed up a bit in this novel and I hated to see that. He also breaks Kate's heart. Strong characters like Ben are too few. Why the author felt compelled to do this is beyond me because it did not affect the story line. She could have kept him as he was and not missed anything in the story line. It starts well enough, but the story is not nearly engaging and somewhat formulaic. The writing gets tired within about 40 pages and becomes second rate. I ended up skimming the last 50 pages just to tie up the loose ends.Shame on you Ms. Carrell. You're much better than this.

  • Joie
    2018-12-25 07:31

    Wow. What a convoluted mess. As a lifelong fan of Shakespeare, I really wanted to enjoy this literary mystery, but, while the author has a clear affection for and impressive knowledge of all things Shakespeare, the plot lacks anything of real interest. Characters who were intelligent, exciting, and enjoyable in Carrell's previous novel, Interred with Their Bones, come across as flat and almost nondescript in this second outing; and, the plot is, at times, painstakingly slow. Without anyone to root for or any real stakes at hand, the story never becomes more than an academic bore. For a much more enjoyable read check out Interred with Their Bones, or, better yet, spend some time with Shakespeare.

  • Jeane
    2018-12-30 11:33

    Kate is a Shakespeare lover/specialist which is being called to Scotland to help directing a play based on a Shakespeare story. That is the reason she is being asked to come from London to Scotland but as she will soon find out it isn't that easy and might not even be te main thing she will be doing there. From the castle she will be staying there is 'the hill' where nobody should go alone. Everywhere there is 'Shakespeare's curse'. For Kate to find what she needs to be able to help Lady Nairn with her play, she has to let into her life the experience of a mysterious knife, a mirror, a play. But soon after it means also accepting into her life a woman brutally being murdered, amnesia, blooded hands ... and always there is Shakespeare's presence.All of this happening in the Scottish Highlands with stops in London and New York, mixed with the secrecy around Shakespeare and a curse created a story that grabbed me from the start and made me fly through it. I so enjoyed this book.

  • Zephfire
    2018-12-31 13:29

    This is the sequel to "The Shakespeare secret" but you needn't have read the first to appreciate this book, it is a sequel in the sense that it is the continuing story of events that centre around the character of Kate Stanley who was introduced in the first book. This book follows the events that unfurl as Kate is asked to direct a 400th anniversary production of the famously cursed Shakespeare play Macbeth in Scotland. There's a kidnapping, murder, mystery, ghosts, secrets, lies, and long lost Shakespeare writings to be found along the way as the plot progresses at a break neck pace. It's an exciting read that i'd recommend to fans of the murder/mystery, conspiracy theory, historical mystery and Shakespearian fans. If you haven't picked up the first yet, then i'd recommend you do as both of her Shakespeare themed books are fabulous and engrossing.

  • Lyla Ibrahim
    2019-01-20 07:17

    I enjoyed the Shakespearean elements in this story but I have to say, the plot is a little insane and convoluted most of the time. The thing that I don't understand most is that the character Kate has a mild concussion before setting off to Britain and America to find the lost manuscript without enough food or sleep or even a shower. I wanted to believe that it's her perseverance and will power that kept her going but still, you'll need at least a little sleep after a concussion. At least that's the way I understand it.

  • Kimberly
    2018-12-21 12:14

    Great idea for a story, but not very well executed. There was enough going on for three books. It jumps around, is overly dramatic in parts and is hard to follow, or maybe you just need to be a Shakespeare scholar to keep up. I like to read about historical people and events in fiction and generally feel as though I have learned more about them. Not in this case.

  • Eugene
    2019-01-07 13:26

    Mildly entertaining. Kate Stanley has been brought to Dunsinnan Castle, Scotland, to direct a new production of MacBeth. But soon after her arrival, strange things happen.Much consternation over "the Scottish Play" and the ancient artifacts to be used in this production, which seem to be considered mighty important to someone, then one person disappears and another dies. Kate and her ex-paramour Ben race to discover the truth behind the artifacts' lure, before others meet a bad end as well. Unfortunately, the story suffers from a clutter of action, time frames, and events now and in Shakespeare's day; ultimately becoming merely one long chase scene, with the bad guys always one step ahead of Kate. If you love Shakespeare plays and legends, you may find it of interest, and the Author's Note at the back offers much interesting explication of the history behind the story, possibly the best part of the novel.

  • Erica
    2018-12-27 05:28

    Horribly disappointing follow up to Interred with Their Bones. Carrell's second novel is much too long and failed to capture my imagination the way her previous book did with its plot twists and snippets of Shakespeare lore.

  • Genia
    2019-01-20 09:10

    3.5 starsIt just wasn't as good as the first book. At times I felt confused if in the book's world we believe dark magic exists or not. The last 30 pages or do were good, but the rest was mediocre.

  • Kayla
    2019-01-11 11:29

    I liked it enough but there were a lot of dull points. The story was interesting but there were a few areas where it either seemed repetitive or the story could have survived without a particular section. The story gets an "Eh" from me.

  • Stacie (MagicOfBooks)
    2019-01-02 07:03

    Well, I'm not quite sure how to feel about this book. Half of me liked it. Half of me didn't. I felt the exact same way with Carrell's first book with Kate Stanley, "Interred with Their Bones." In both books, the plot seems kind of overly comlicated and is often times a tad difficult to follow, even when paying absolute attention.So what exactly did I like about this book: as with "Interred with Their Bones," the first half of "Haunt Me Still" was what caught me. I loved the idea of Kate directing MacBeth out in the middle of Scotland. I loved the setup with all the characters and the idea of witchcraft. The plot still captured me even after the first two murders. But it's somewhere after the murders that I seem to kind of take a step back: Carrell did such a fantastic job setting up the first half of the novel, but then once Kate in on the run with Eircheard, that seems to be when the novel suddenly gets a bit too confusing as lots of elements of the past are brought up. Sometimes it felt like Carrell was just trying to throw as many facts as she could into the reader's face. I mean, some interesting facts are great (some things I didn't know about), but sometimes enough is enough.I do think the idea of Shakespeare having wrote an alternate version of MacBeth where the witches played a bigger role and where the spells and rituals were actually considered real, was interesting.The ending of the book felt somewhat anticlimatic. I wasn't expecing the Joanna character shift (I actually suspected Lady Nairn). But the Ian character seemed vastly underused. And the whole plot seemed to be nicely wrapped up.The book still has some great moments, despite some of my confusion and somewhat boredom near the end. Kate's an interesting intelligent woman who loves Shakespeare. She's not the damsel in distress (though Ben does seem to come out of nowhere in both books and rescue her conveniently). And overall the premise of the book was fascinating. I just think some of the plot was heavy handed and didn't contribute much.

  • Kate (VerbVixen)
    2019-01-19 10:04

    Haunt Me Still- Jennifer Lee CarrellOK let me preface this review by saying if you haven't read her first book, Interred with their Bones you need to go read it. Like right now. No, seriously, go get it. It's about the search for Shakespeare's lost Cardenio. Jennifer Lee Carrell is utterly brilliant as a writer with plot twists you never see coming. I mean, we're talking way better than Dan Brown since the subject of her books is occult Shakespeare not conspiracy theorist religion. Additionally, Kate Stanley could take Robert Langdon any day of the week. Carrell is capable of some stunning prose to boot.Haunt Me Still is the second installment with our leading lady Kate Stanley. This novel centers around the Scottish Play, Macbeth, its curse, murders and ritual magic. LOVES IT. You should read this book if:1. You like Shakespeare.2. You like mysteries, thrillers, suspense, historical fiction or action adventures.3. You like anything Scottish.4. You have even a budding interest in language or linguistics--particularly Anglo- Saxon, Welsh, Gaelic. (I'm looking at you Leslie!)5. You enjoy well written books with fantastic plot arcs and beautiful prose (that's you Hal!).6. Cause I said so. Clearly the most compelling of the reasons!

  • Kristen
    2019-01-10 08:27

    This was an okay book. I mostly enjoyed it, but did find the plot somewhat convoluted - uncessarily so - and a bit too much detail that I found unnecessary to the story.When Shakespeare professor Kate Stanley is asked to direct a very special version of "The Scottish Play" for the reclusive Lady Nairn, she never expects that this will lead to multiple murders, secret demonic plots, kidnapping and the influences of a long ago Lady who wanted to be Queen, and the famous John Dee.As I said, the story was exciting and the story was good, but it was wrapped up in too much detail. For me this would have been a much better book and more fully entertaining read if it had left out about one-third of the historical detail and minutiae that I didn't need to know and which did not add anything needed to moving the plot along to the ending.However, the characters were interesting and well-written, the Shakespeare references were great - as a fan of the Bard - and the story without the embelishment was a good one. If you read this though, be prepared to skim through some of the filler.

  • Carmaletta Hilton
    2018-12-27 12:13

    It was okay. The book kept me interested, though the beginning was slow. Once I got about 100 pages in, though, I found myself becoming more engaged. I did find myself annoyed with the number of times something "rippled" in the story, though. I found myself actually stopping and saying, "Please, learn another word." I just read that word in another book and actually winced. The occult stuff was interesting, especially the way the author went about it. The story was written in a way that you got an idea that the rumors were true, that Shakespeare really did see a rite, really did include it in his play, and that the magic was all real. At the same time, though, the main characters insistence that it wasn't could have two effects. She either works to keep the reader rooted in reality, or she works to verify that the magic was real by being the person who refuses to see anything else because of her near-fangirl like devition to The Bard.Overall, I liked it, but I didn't love it.

  • Bridget
    2019-01-19 11:13

    Kate and her cohort, Ben, are working on a play, Macbeth with their own twist. A lot of actors won't touch this play because of it's history. Some won't even speak it's name. Kate starts to find herself in different places with no recollection of how she got there. When people start dying and the deaths look like a part of a pagan ritual, Kate is forced to believe in the curse. She and Ben set out to find a long lost version of this play that holds the answers they seek.I love a good mystery. The plot was good, the writing was good. I really enjoyed Jennifer's book and now I realize that I'm going to have to get her other books. I give it a 4 out of 5 all the way around.

  • Karen
    2019-01-06 12:22

    Okay, when I see "haunted" in the title, there better be some ghosts. Or at least one spooky part. And this title is clearly mislabeled. But it is just a Dan Brown wannabe that fuses Shakespeare's MacBeth with a lot of confusing jabberwocky that may or may not be true fact. Or even close to the truth about the wonderful myths that surround this play. And some people say that they can't understand the Bard!

  • Reham Almutairi رهام المطيري
    2019-01-12 09:18

    If you love Shakespeare you will love this book, unfortunately I’m not one of his fans. The plot of this book is amazing, but this is not enough to make a good novel because the characters are really almost dead ! No development; they don’t even have tendency or potentiality to change ! I found it really hard to finish the book, skipping several pages at the end to just know what happens at the end. This unbalanced combination creates a very boring novel. Not recommended.

  • Eileen
    2018-12-26 13:33

    Carroll's a decent writer and seems to be an excellent researcher, but I've always disliked books that make up history. I didn't like the "DaVinci Code" for this reason (that and Dan Brown is a very bad writer). Additionally, what is a big sin for a mystery, there was not much suspense built in to the story.

  • Terri
    2019-01-18 07:13

    Interesting new ideas about the play MacBeth and witchcraft. I enjoyed looking up aspects of the novel (like Dee's mirrror and Dee, himself) and finding that they were based in fact. Interesting murder mystery and adventure novel though at times I felt myself struggling to keep some of the characters straight.

  • Diana
    2018-12-30 12:33

    I pulled the bookmark out of this one, do not feel bad about it and will never think of it again.

  • The Reading Cove Book Club ❦
    2019-01-12 06:25

    Bonus Book ~ September thru December 2016!

  • Marilyn Fontane
    2018-12-30 06:17

    Haunt Me Still by Jennifer Lee Carrell is a Kate Stanley mystery centered around a production of Macbeth in which the backer, Lady Nairn, former actress, believes there is a first, longer version of the play. She hires Kate to produce the play using many objects from her own collection of witchcraft and drama artifacts, but also to help search for the missing first manuscript which apparently has scenes depicting real witchcraft practices which Shakespeare may have seen on a trip to Scotland. The theory is that Shakespeare put on the real version, but the bad effects of witchcraft caused so much trouble (such as the death of the boy who played Lady Macbeth) that he immediately revised the witchcraft out of it, leaving Macbeth the shortest by far of his tragedies. The mystery novel is divided into 6 parts, Blade, Wood, Mirror, Cauldron, A Deed without a Name and Epilogue, which are separated by the Prologue and 5 interludes which take place in 1606 (3), 1585 (2), and 1590; these interludes tell the story of Shakespeare's relationship with Dr. Dee and others involved in witchcraft at that time. The story is extremely convoluted with various villains, Lady Nairn's psychopathic cousin, Carrie who is also author Corra Ravensbrooke and occult bookstore owner Joanna, Lucas, who was going to produce a version of Macbeth with Lady Nairn as Lady Macbeth several decades ago until she walked out on him leaving him angry ever since, Ian, the winter king in the annual Samhuinn Fire Festival (Halloween), etc. It is hard to keep up with them or how they are related--except that they are all evil. A couple of very nice people are killed. There are various horrific plots to kill others. The manuscript is indeed found, but of course burned in a fire that happens to kill several of the bad guys--or at least there was a circle of people--who knows where they all went.It is a fast paced, exciting story with one suspenseful episode after another. The reader keeps plodding on wanting to save the "good guys," but when you stop and think about it "from whom?" It seems to change quite often. The idea that there was once real witchcraft in Macbeth is interesting--although the idea that it was this witchcraft which made Shakespeare one of the truly great writers is going a bit far. There are several years when we don't know what Shakespeare was doing, and traveling, putting on plays is a likely choice which could have taken him to the upper reaches of Scotland and let him observe real Samhuinn and Beltane ceremonies at a time when the picts (or their descendants) probably still believed in witchcraft. There are some good ideas in the story. The history of productions of Macbeth is interesting. But the story line needs some cleaning. I can only recommend it to real lovers of either Macbeth of Scottish witchcraft. Mystery lovers can find a better choice.I actually liked Interred with Their Bones (Hamlet artifacts search) more.

  • Cliff
    2019-01-02 05:28

    This book has received mixed reviews but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It has been likened to Dan Brown which I find unfair and inaccurate. For a start, there is none of Brown's constant product placement. It has been well researched, the author's notes at the end running to 20 pages. In this she separates fact from fiction. The story itself deals with a search for the supposed lost manuscript of the Scottish Play, aka Macbeth. The main thrust of this is that Shakespeare had spent some time in Scotland and had learned of various arcane and occult matters which were included in the first draft, but excised due to fears of what might pass if given on stage. The book includes various wiccans and their ceremonies. This is justifiable, seeing that acknowledgement is given to two wiccan priestesses. You may choose to believe in this or not, but there's no reason to condemn the book for the inclusion of such matters. I knew well before I read the book of John Dee. I wasn't aware, however, that Walsingham, Elizabeth's 1 'spymaster appears to have recruited a number of actors for reasons that can only be speculated. The writer has clearly done a great deal of research. I have a feeling she may be American, but that is not a criticism. The only Americanism I noticed was a reference to 'row houses' which we Brits would call 'terraced houses'. I see the book is the 2nd in a series. It's date of first UK publication is given as 2010. There is a predecessor to this but nothing since. Something of a pity.

  • Sarah Hearn
    2019-01-20 07:07

    I had read her first book about the search for Shakespeare's list play so was happy to see this second book. It was every bit as good and just as gripping. Dr Carrell's knowledge of Shakespeare (she's a Harvard professor) shines through and the reader learns all sorts of new tidbits of information. If you want a good thriller, well written and with interesting protagonists, this is it.