It’s the summer of 1604 and the Spanish are in London.Many years after the ill-fated Armada, they are negotiating a peace treaty with the English. Nick Revill’s acting company is given a ceremonial role at the celebrations, but not everybody welcomes this outbreak of peace. In the shifting world of the court there are factions. In the Tower of London sits that implacable enemy of the Spanish, Sir Walter Raleigh, and he has friends on the outside who may try to sabotage the negotiations.
Nick, meanwhile, is trying to get on with his playing. Invited by Shakespeare’s rival, Ben Jonson, to take part in a masque at Somerset House where the Spanish are lodged, Nick is caught up in a conspiracy. During a rehearsal the courtier Sir Philip Blake dies an apparently accidental death when he tumbles from a ‘Deus ex machina’ chair which is lowering him to the stage
The sixth Shakespearean murder mystery in the Nick Revill series, set during the reign of the formidable Elizabeth I.
Praise for Philip Gooden:
‘Another clever criminal plunge into history’Guardian ‘The witty narrative, laced with puns and word play so popular in this period, makes this an enjoyable racy tale’Sunday Telegraph
‘The book has much in common with the film Shakespeare in Love – full of colourful characters . . . but the book has an underlying darkness’ Crime Time ‘Historical mystery fans are in for a treat’ Publishers Weekly