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Interred with Their Bones

A book by Jennifer Lee Carrell

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In-your-face fun; check your credulity at the door

  • Jul 24, 2008
First-novelist Carrell writes with all the subtlety of a big in-your-face roller coaster and packs in every conspiracy and canard in the Shakespeare history. It makes for a guilty pleasure ride that kept me going front to back in one day.

Its all here--a catalog of theories on who really wrote Shakespeare, who were Shakespeare's male and female paramours in the sonnets, who was Shakespeare himself, and of course a trail of missing manuscripts and letters that starts in London, then veers to Boston, Las Vegas, Washington DC, back to various points in England, Spain, then back to the American Southwest (Tombstone, Arizona as crazy as that sounds if you've been to any of these other places). Characters bound from one to the other apparently without sleep and with the author giving little sense of time passing or normal activities, apparently in one long day.

Ultimately, the kitchen-sink plot and the implausible actions and coincidences building throughout the novel reach such an absurd level that it isn't a really satisfying experience. If Carrell continues her fiction career she needs to learn to pay attention to time lines and downtimes, tone down the coincidences and implausibilities, and leave the kitchen sink out of the plot.

But it was fun.

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review by . January 01, 2008
American Shakespeare scholar Kate Stanley has had the great good fortune to be be appointed director of a new production of Hamlet at London's Globe Theater. Renowned British actor Sir Henry Lee agreed to play the ghost, providing the icing on the cake. It's all going swimmingly until Kate's mentor Rosalind unexpectedly drops by with a cryptic message relating to a stupendous literary discovery. Before she can explain, Roz is murdered ala Hamlet's father, while the Globe itself goes up in flames. …
review by . October 20, 2007
Conspiracies abound in this novel, which shifts from London's Globe Theater in 1613 to a restored Globe in 2004, where Shakespearean scholar Kate Stanley is making her directorial debut. On the eve of the opening, Kate receives a visit from and old and sometimes contentious friend, Rosalind Howard, Harvard Professor of Shakespeare. Asking for Kate's help after years of estrangement, Roz hints at an important discovery she has made, thrusting a gold-wrapped box into Kate's hand as they hastily arrange …
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Starred Review.Plot twists worthy ofThe Da Vinci Codedominate this agile first novel from Carrell (The Speckled Monster: A Historical Tale of Battling Smallpox), a thriller involving a lost Shakespeare play,The History of Cardenio. On a June day in 2004, at London's rebuilt Globe theater, Rosalind Howard, flamboyantly eccentric Harvard Professor of Shakespeare, gives her friend Katharine Stanley, who's directing a production ofHamletat the Globe, a small gold-wrapped box. That evening, a fire damages the Globe, where Roz is found murdered in the same manner as Hamlet's father. Roz's mysterious gift, which contains a Victorian mourning brooch decorated with flowers associated with Ophelia, propels Kate on a wild and wide-ranging quest that takes her to Utah; Arizona; Washington, D.C.; and back to London. Every step of the way, as the bodies pile up, Kate narrowly escapes becoming the next murder victim. From Shakespeare conferences to desert mines, from the present to the past, this spirited and action-packed novel delivers constant excitement.Foreign rights sold in 20 countries. (Sept.)
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ISBN-10: 0525949704
ISBN-13: 978-0525949701
Author: Jennifer Lee Carrell
Publisher: Dutton Adult

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