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Interred with Their Bones

A book by Jennifer Lee Carrell

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  • Jan 1, 2008
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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. The chase is on - can Kate, Sir Henry, and self-appointed bodyguard Ben Pearl first identify, and then locate Roz's extraordinary, probably priceless, find? Can they elude their pursuers, who are unknown to Kate but who will clearly stop at nothing to beat her to the prize?

Author Carrell has woven her story around a basic thriller/mystery framework, embellishing it with her impressive store of knowledge about all things Shakespeare. Kate is a smart, personable heroine, fiercely determined to solve the puzzle as a memorial to her friend. (It is a bit disturbing that Kate continues to doggedly pursue her goal while so many innocent others are dying because of her.) The novel itself is comprised of 5 acts, with most of the action taking place in present time, with much briefer, parallel interludes set in Elizabethan times. The murders, of which there are many, mimic those from famous Shakespearean scenes. And until Act 5, the question of who are the bad guys and who are the good is up in the air.

I always enjoy novels in which the hero exclaims something like, "I gotta get to a library!" While there is plenty of adventure in Interred, this is a didactic book, in which the action is frequently brought to a standstill by the need to explain history, events, dates, and theories. There are so many Elizabethan characters and entanglements in the story that it was often necessary to reread sections in order to keep things straight. Readers who have a strong interest in Shakespeare and his times will be willing to wade on through, but those who don't will probably be less tolerant of the lengthy interruptions. This might have been a 5 star work if the subplot, with its focus on the perennial debate over the Bard's true identity, had been left for another novel.

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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 . 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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