Philip Gooden lives in Bath. In addition to his Nick Revill series, Sleep of Death, he is the author of The Guinness Guide to Better English and the editor of The Mammoth Book of Literary Anecdotes. Each of his Nick Revill mysteries revolves around a Shakespearean play mirroring life – in Sleep of Death the play was Hamlet, in this offering it is Troilus and Cressida.
SLEEP OF DEATH
A SHAKESPEAREAN MURDER MYSTERY
Sleep of Death.History meets mystery with a new twist in this raucous, colorful debut novel set in the bustling theatrical world of Shakespeare and Marlowe during the reign of the formidable Elizabeth I. Fast-paced and sprightly, it takes Nick Revill, a young actor in the newly established Chamberlain’s Men company at the Globe Theatre in Southwark, to a luxuriously appointed Thameside mansion where a black-clad youth has offered him temporary lodging. Learning upon his arrival that his melancholy host’s father has just died and his mother has instantly remarried his uncle, Nick is naturally struck by the similarities between the young man’s woeful story of the Eliot family and William Shakespeare’s latest play for the Chamberlain’s Men – Hamlet. Nick suspects foul play and sets out to discover the circumstances of the old man’s death. Already convinced that something is indeed very rotten in the state of the wealthy Eliot household, Nick stumbles upon evidence that proves his host’s father did not die a death entirely natural. More disturbingly, the finger of suspicion points toward Southwark, and Nick finds himself investigating his employer, the celebrated playwright and shareholder in the Chamberlain’s Men: Mr. William Shakespeare.
Publisher: CARROLL & GRAF