Interred With Their Bones
Review: Jennifer Lee Carrell's debut mystery, Interred With Their Bones, is the gripping story of a pursuit against time and life itself to find the 1st Folio, a collection of the first works of William Shakespeare.
On a midsummer's day in 2004, Katherine J. Stanley, director of the theatrical group at the Globe Theatre, a replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre which burned to the ground in June, 1613) opens with their performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Before the performance, Rosalind Howard, Kate's former professor, comes to the theatre with a gift wrapped box for Kate. She tells Kate she has made a ground-breaking discovery but she needs Kate's help. Before the evening is over the Globe Theatre is set afire, and Roz is found dead in the ruins — killed in the same manner as Hamlet's father. Is this an improbable coincidence or was it planned? With nothing to go on but a brooch and a cryptic note found in the box Roz had given her, Kate and Roz's nephew Ben set out to try to find Roz's discovery. The journey takes Kate and Ben from Europe to America and back again, followed all the way by a sinister shadow of a man who is also hunting for the secret. While Kate and Ben continue their investigation more people are murdered in a Shakespearian style. Although she has resolved to continue, as she gets closer to the truth she begins to wonder if the solution is worth the lives lost, which now possibly include Ben's and her own.
The premise upon which Interred With Their Bones is based is itself a literary mystery. It has been suggested that William Shakespeare's plays (his tragedies, comedies, tragicomedies, sonnets, and more) were not written by him at all. Stratfordian scholars strongly believe Shakespeare wrote the work attributed to him; the Shakespearean Oxford Society argues otherwise, that his name was merely ascribed to the work of contemporary playwrights, most notably Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford. Would these organizations resort to murder to promote (or protect) their cause? Who truly wrote the words, "The evil that men do lives after them, The good is oft Interred With Their Bones"?
Interred With Their Bones is a remarkable novel that throughout maintains the drama, ambiguity, and suspense surrounding the authenticity of Shakespeare's literary canon. Though some passages are a bit confusing, the pace of the narrative will keep the pages turning.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Interred With Their Bones.
Acknowledgment: Penguin Group provided a trade paperback of Interred With Their Bones for this review.
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Haunt Me Still
Dutton (Hardcover), April 2010
ISBN-13: 9780525950776; ISBN-10: 052595077X
Location(s) referenced in Interred With Their Bones: Stratford, Oxford, England, Boston, Massachusetts
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Interred With Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell — A Kate Stanley Mystery
Publication Date: September 2007
List Price: $25.95
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