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Jennifer Lee Carrell holds a Ph.D. in English and American literature from Harvard University and is the author of The Speckled Monster: A Historical Tale of Battling Smallpox and the novel Interred with Their Bones. In addition to writing for Smithsonian magazine, Carrell has taught in the history and literature program at Harvard and has directed Shakespeare for Harvard's Hyperion Theatre Company. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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At first, this debut novel seems to be a moderately paced historical "what if," but it rapidly turns into a transcontinental "whodunit." The murder of a Shakespearean scholar at a new production of Hamlet is tied to a small box that has its own Pandora-like qualities for its receiver, director Kate Stanley. With the lure of a lost Shakespeare play and clues from his classic works, the book belongs to the same genre as Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and the movie National Treasure and became a New York Times best seller upon its release last fall. It's a solid follow-up to Shakespeare scholar Carrell's The Speckled Monster, a study of the fight against smallpox that won Carrell the acclaimed Discover Great New Writers label from Barnes & Noble. The audio is read well by Kathleen McNenny and should find an audience in most public libraries. Recommended.--Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo, NY Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

It's not McNenny's fault that Carrell's thriller, hinging on the burning of the Globe Theater in 1613, turns out to be much ado about nothing. McNenny reads at a heart-thumping pace, which is perfect for Kate Stanley, a theater director and former scholar, who is both chasing the past and being pursued by killers in the present. McNenny's performance gives Kate the right combination of brainy sleuthing and brainless commitment to a dangerous investigation. She does not fare as well with the other characters, especially the men. In particular, a London inspector in charge of the murder case of Kate's Harvard mentor sounds Indian or Pakistani, even though he is from the Caribbean. Listeners will ignore the peccadilloes as they are caught up in Kate's breathless trips from London to Cambridge and even the West Coast. For those interested in this popular genre of Shakespeare revised and revisited, the catchy plot and McNenny's exuberant performance are both gripping and vastly entertaining. Simultaneous release with the Dutton hardcover (Reviews, July 16). (Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
"A feverishly paced action adventure."-The New York Times

"[A] notable debut literary thriller."-USA Today

"High-class fun."-Newsweek

"A lively intellectual romp."-The Washington Post

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