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Publisher's Summary

On the eve of the Globe's production of Hamlet, Shakespeare scholar and theater director Kate Stanley's eccentric mentor Rosalind Howard gives her a mysterious box, claiming to have made a groundbreaking discovery. But before she can reveal it to Kate, the Globe burns to the ground and Roz is found dead...murdered precisely in the manner of Hamlet's father. Inside the box Kate finds the first piece in a Shakespearean puzzle, setting her on a deadly, high-stakes treasure hunt. From London to Harvard to the American West, Kate races to evade a killer and decipher a tantalizing string of clues, hidden in the words of Shakespeare, that may unlock literary history's greatest secret.
©2007 Jennifer Lee Carrell; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.
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"Agile...this spirited and action-packed novel delivers constant excitement." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Connie on 10-07-07

disappointing narration

I think this was a good book, but the narration was so bad that it ruined it for me. I stuck with it due to the story, but it was sometimes a difficulty. I think it was just a very bad match of narrator to book.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful


By Rob on 02-25-08

scholarly but uneven

There are parts to this story that are exciting in the best tradition of an "on the run" thriller. There are too many other parts where the author seems to argue an academic thesis through the medium of a thriller. The story drags at these points which far exceed the rapid-paced action sequences.
The heroine is an American, so it makes sense to have an American narrator. However, so many of the characters are British (and the text describes their regional accents), which throws into sharp relief the inability of the narrator to create credible males accents from Britain.
Trimmed to half the length and with a co-narrator to do the many British male voices, this might have been a top-class listen

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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