The Vagabond Clown by Edward Marston
An Elizabethan Theater Mystery Featuring Nicholas Bracewell

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 ‘I hoped that we might be safe but we have not seen the last of them, after all. They want more blood.’

During a performance of their new play, A Trick to Catch a Chaste Lady, Westfield’s Men are sabotaged, and they find themselves in the throngs of an audience-player melee. In the midst of the rotten-vegetable battlefield, one of the audience members is found stabbed, and their masterful clown, Barnaby Gill, is discovered with a broken leg.

With the company clown-less, they must find a replacement before they embark on their tour of Kent. Enter Gideon Mussett, a ruffian, scallywag and all around drunk. Thinking the victim in the theatre was an accident. Nicholas Bracewell and his fellows soon learn that there is more to this death than a drunken brawl. With a murderer still on the loose, it appears further deaths are on the cards, but who will be the second victim?

 

 

About Edward Marston

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Edward Marston is the author of twelve previous entries in the Edgar Award-nominated Nicholas Bracewell series set in the theaters of Elizabethan England, as well as the Domesday series set in medieval England. He lives in the United Kingdom.
 
Published March 20, 2014 by Allison & Busby. 316 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Disaster strikes Lord Westfield’s Men, the Renaissance acting troupe for which Nicholas Bracewell (The Bawdy Basket, 2002, etc.) acts as the bookholder, or behind-the-scenes manager.

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Edgar nominee Marston sends in the clowns in his 13th Nicholas Bracewell mystery (after 2002's The Bawdy Basket), once again providing an engaging look at the life of players in Shakespeare's day, with their aristocratic sponsors, resident playwrights, actor-managers and apprentice boys (who play...

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THE VAGABOND CLOWN is the 13th book in the Nicholas Bracewell series.

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The Westfield's Men acting troupe consider themselves very lucky while in London to be based at The Queen's Head Inn.

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