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.
Advance praise for Shakespeare and the Lost Colony:
“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.
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Published July 31, 2012
by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
History, Literature & Fiction.