The Pale Companion by Philip Gooden
A Shakespearean Murder Mystery

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Third in the entertaining adventures of Shakespearean actor and sleuth, Nick Revill.

It is midsummer in the year 1601. Nick Revill and his fellow actors of the company known as the Chamberlain's Men are journeying across the Wiltshire Downs for a country-house presentation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. It should be a pleasant well-paid jaunt to celebrate a noble marriage, but instead the players find themselves in the midst of a tense family atmosphere, somehow linked to the presence of the household's sinister steward. Very soon Nick finds that the Dream has turned into a nightmare, where murder appears commonplace, and before too long he must fight to save his own life against the ancient backdrop of Stonehenge...

About Philip Gooden

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Philip Gooden, author of the Elizabethean-set Nick Revill murder mystery series, has had his short stories published in anthologies. He is also editor, most recently, of The Mammoth Book of Literary Anecdotes. He is actively involved with the Crime Writers' Association and contributes to its magazine, Red Herrings. He lives in Bath.
Published October 19, 2012 by Constable. 288 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Kate, the beautiful daughter of magistrate Adam Fielding, tends to Nick’s bruises while the biblically named magistrate makes deductions from dust on Nick’s trousers.

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Welcome to Elizabethan England, where British author Gooden's pale companion will give you a gratifying taste of the danger and excitement of that lusty place and time.

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