Shakespeare and the Lost Colony by T.F. Wharton

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Shakespeare’s love-life - wife, Friend, Dark Lady - has its moments. Also its costs. There are consequences too for crossing a murderous earl for whom he ghost-writes plays. And spying for Lord Burleigh is perilous – even without prying into the fate of the first English colonists to America. Young Lord Herbert, Shakespeare’s Friend, may cherish their welfare. Burleigh’s interests are murkier.

Yet, in London’s plague-haunted streets, where a hated theatre rival seeks the means of bringing Shakespeare down, his best chance of staying ahead or even alive seems to lie in what he knows of the “Lost Colony.”

Now, at an obscure North Carolina college, a failing English professor finds himself the reluctant inheritor of a colleague’s Shakespeare research notes. Then another “academic” turns up to claim something in them that he will do anything to recover.

Two murderous plots converge near the Roanoke Colony where the first English infant was born in the Brave New World.

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“The ending comes to a clever full circle. With perfect pacing, the story alternates between the two engaging plot-lines, and readers will find themselves turning pages at full tilt. Deliciously multifaceted, the novel is carefully constructed with a cast of unique and well-crafted characters. One doesn’t need to be a buff of the Bard to love this well-told tale.” Kirkus Reviews.

About T.F. Wharton

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T.F. Wharton taught at the University of Glasgow before a sabbatical year and a Visiting Professorship took him to Augusta College where he chaired the Department of Languages Literature and Communications. The author of six scholarly books, mostly on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, he now lives between the most exciting small city in the U.S.A., Sarasota, FL, and Quebec province, with his wife Rosemary DePaolo, retired Chancellor of UNCW, where they occupy every waking hour having an indecent amount of fun.
Published July 31, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 424 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Lionel Bunce, who is Morgan’s faculty mentor, as well as a Shakespeare expert, reveals to Morgan that he is on the brink of solving a mystery of historic proportions involving Shakespeare and “issues of state,” but he needs just one more piece to complete the puzzle.

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