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Interred with Their Bones

A book by Jennifer Lee Carrell

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"No amount of conniving by old men shall deprive my honor of satisfaction."

  • Oct 20, 2007
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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 a meeting for later that night. Waiting on a quiet hillside for Rosalind, Kate feels uneasy, vulnerable; about to leave, she sees her beloved Globe go up in flames in the distance. Rushing back, Kate is followed, but narrowly escapes thanks to her friend, renowned actor Sir Henry Lee. The newly restored building alight, save for the theater itself, Kate goes to her office only to discover Rosalind's body.

In a series of feints and counter feints, Kate Stanley applies herself to the mystery of Roz's discovery, with the help of Sir Henry and a young man who professes kinship to Rosalind. But at every turn, new dangers arise. Undaunted, Kate sidesteps even the police investigator in an effort to find the secret first. As she realizes all too well, someone else is traveling the path, frequently one step ahead. A few narrow misses convince Kate that her protector, Ben Pearl, is an asset, at least for the moment. With Ben's security connections opening doors that allow her to evade the police- and hopefully the killer- Kate follows a convoluted trail, marked at every turn by Shakespearean couplets and centuries-old letters written in a code only a scholar such as Kate can comprehend, from London to Harvard to Utah, Spain and Washington, DC, bodies strewn everywhere in her wake, each modeled after a Shakespearean play.

For lovers of all things Shakespeare, this novel is a treasure trove of innuendo, rumor, and the kind of intellectual debate that has followed the Bard for generations. The few poignant scenes in the early 17th century give some indication of the political intrigue of the era and its passionate causes. Meanwhile, in real time, in spite of increasing menace, Kate persists, eventually turning on those she thought were friends, only to be caught up in yet another level of a very serious game. It is this sense of insecurity and confusion that confounds the heroine, though she forges on for love of the truth. Clearly, prodigious research went into this project, the author leading from one perplexing situation to another, revealing history's mordant sense of humor along the way. From Shakespeare's lost plays to Cervantes' Don Quixote and the mystery of Shakespeare's true identity, Carrell leaves no stone unturned, no grave free from the meddling of those who want answers. Luan Gaines/2007.

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review by . July 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, …
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. …
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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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