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Fast-paced and populated with a cast of rogues, actors and playwrights, this murder mystery offers an enthralling read and the true flavour of Elizabethan London.

Elizabethan playwright Dekker lives a fast, furious, and exciting existence in London, skirting poverty, danger, and the love of a good woman. He finds work as an adapter at Philip Henslowe’s theatrical company and as a book-holder at Essex House, before being watched by Christopher Marlowe and others as politics intrude.

Theft of a hidden cipher and murder of a local constable keep him in trouble. Able plotting and namedropping will appeal to fans of Elizabethan theatre and Simon Hawke’s Shakespearean mysteries.