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A Mystery of Shakespeare

Downloadable Audiobook - 2006
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Shakespeare finds himself the victim of treachery most foul when he is contacted by his dark mistress. His excitement at seeing her is short- lived as she threatens to expose their affair and blackmail him to pay for her considerable doctors' bills. A fire kills her, and the only witness is brutally murdered. Worse yet, Shakespeare is the primary suspect. With his reputation and his life itself on the line, Shakespeare must put down his quill and brace himself for a mystery like none other.
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audiobooks, 2006
ISBN: 9780786151578
Additional Contributors: Jay, Tony

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Dec 04, 2009

Sometimes a book isn't done justice by its audio book version. This is usually when the book is read by its author. (The late Madeleine L'Engle is an exception, but she had a theatrical background.) This is the first audio book I've encountered which seems to be salvaged by its reader which, in this case, is the dark-brown-voiced Tony Jay, former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and, according to the blurb, heard in Disney parks worldwide. If I had been reading this book, rather than listening to Mr Jay's sardonic tones, I think I might have hurled it aside at some point. This is a murder mystery with William Shakespeare as our protagonist and narrator. The background of the story does fit in with what more recent scholars tell us about Shakespeare, but the prose is a bit overwrought, and my credulity was strained by Shakespeare's short-sightedness, gullibility, and, in some cases, sheer stupidity. In short, mildly entertaining if you let Tony Jay tell you the story, otherwise, I wouldn't bother.

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