Showing posts with label Shakespearean mysteries. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shakespearean mysteries. Show all posts

Feb 29, 2016

Almost Caught Up with Shakespeare

Last week I sort of reviewed PLAN X, so I'll finish that today. I really liked the book: likable main character, good connection to Shakespeare's work, and lots of action.
It's sad that we don't hear about books like this in the glut of stuff on the market. I get tired of hearing big publishers scream about "exquisitely written" novels (that aren't) and "compelling protagonists" (that make me yawn), but the whole deal in publishing today is hype. PLAN X is a good book. There were a couple of unresolved issues at the end, but since it's a series, I'm guessing that was intentional.

Today's book is the third of the Shakespeare-related novels the four of us as promoting in the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death. NINE DAYS TO EVIL  begins with the disappearance of a young woman's successful doctor husband. As police search for him, readers learn more about him, his wife, and their friends...and Shakespeare. I'll leave it to you to figure that one out!

Next week I'll talk about my own tribute to the Bard, SHAKESPEARE'S BLOOD.

Feb 9, 2016

Books with a Theme: SHAKESPEARE'S BLOOD

Last week's post was about four authors who've joined together to celebrate Shakespeare's work. We've each written a mystery, set in modern times, that connects to the Bard. That led me to wonder who the other authors were and why they chose Shakespeare as a theme for their books. Here's what I found out.

Nancy G. West, who wrote NINE DAYS TO EVIL, ( http://tinyurl.com/a9aswr9) tried to convince herself to love business, but writing was always tugging on her sleeve. She went back to college and studied English literature. I can guess there was some time spent on the works of you-know-who.





                    Lise McClendon, author of PLAN X     (http://smarturl.it/plan–x likes Gothic novels (which were my faves growing up) and thrillers (which PLAN X is). What could be more natural than combining those things with Shakespeare's work? Love, blood, a little scary stuff--It's perfect.









Cindy Brown's book MACDEATH (http://amzn.to/1Ohx14f) is nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. How's that for entering the scene with panache? Ms. Brown is a self-described theater geek, and we know those folks get lots of Shakespeare along with their Simon and Sondheim.







And of course there's me: the reformed English teacher who came up with SHAKESPEARE'S BLOOD (http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeares-Blood). Macbeth was one of my favorite things to teach, and when I thought of writing a run-around-trying-not-to-die suspense novel, the Bard just naturally butted in and put himself in the center of it all.




Celebrate Will's 400th with us by reading a Shakespearean mystery: try one--try them all!



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