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With this exhilarating novel from the author the San Francisco Chronicle calls "daring" and "splendid," Sarah Smith cuts to the heart of one of literature's most fascinating and enduring mysteries: the enigma of Sir William Shakespeare. Meet Joe Roper, a thoroughly modern graduate student who has landed the job of a lifetime working in the famed Kellogg Collection of Elizabethan texts and curiosities. He's been passionate about Shakespeare since reading a duct-taped paperback copy of Macbeth as a kid. But if all the world's a stage, Joe's working-class roots do little to prepare him for his role in the academic arena. Enter Posy Gould, stage right. A glamorous rising star at Harvard, she insists that a letter Joe's found, signed by one W. Shakespeare of Stratford, is a career-making discovery for them both -- particularly because the letter suggests that the plays were not written from Shakespeare's quill. What follows is a literary adventure story that places Joe and Posy in a world where the London Eye looks out over Shakespeare's city, Hollywood producers rub elbows with the Queen's court, and an unsolved mystery spans across five centuries and two continents. A first-rate thriller from one of the masters of the genre, Chasing Shakespeares is also an enduring tale about love, art, and poetic justice.
Book 3 in The Vanished Child trilogy. Excellent historical mystery set in Flander, France, pre-WW1.
This mystery occurs in Paris 1910 during the historic flood. The mystery includes art history and forgeries, and a blind woman pianist trying to become professional. Lush writing.
Mystery writer finds Shakespeare poem.<P> Oh, right.<P> In an obscure old volume in the British Library, bestselling mystery writer Sarah Smith found an ancient poem. Who wrote it? Ex-English professor Smith writes a snarky and accessible preface that introduces the reader to authorship studies and, with deduction worthy of Sherlock Holmes, she identifies the writer of the poem as the major alternate Shakespeare candidate, Edward de Vere. <P> To quote Smith, the poem shares "certain characteristics of Shakespeare's work--not the most obvious, nor the easiest to imitate." These characteristics include irregular rhythm, the use of new words and metaphors taken from sports, run-on lines, secularism, a drawing away from allegory and the morality-play tradition, and the use of dramatic voices.<P> And the poem is not influenced by Shakespeare. It was published in October 1580. If a poem written this early does have significant and otherwise inexplicable similarities to Shakespeare's work, of course it is important indeed.<P> Want to read a new Shakespeare poem? Maybe it's here. Take a look.
Law Walker knew Katie Mullens before she was crazy. Before her mother died. Law knows Katie's crazy now, but she's always been talented. And she keeps filling sketch pads even though her drawings have gone a little crazy as well--dark, bloody. What Law doesn't know is that these drawings are real. Or were real. Katie draws what she sees--and Katie sees dead people. People who have died--recently, and not so recently--in accidents, from suicide, even a boy who was trapped in a house that burned down more than 100 years ago. And it's this boy who makes Law want to get to know Katie all over again. So what if his dad doesn't want him dating a white girl? So what if people think Katie is dangerous? The ghost boy is hiding a secret that Law needs to know--and it's much bigger, much more shocking than anyone ever expected.
Book 1 of The Vanished Child trilogy. Historical psychological mystery, a real "thinker." Includes a blind character. Following books "The Knowledge of Water" and "A Citizen of the Country" are already on Bookshare.