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- Print Length: 236 pages
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- Publisher: The Mystery Company (28 Sept. 2012)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B009J1D4ZY
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"Nick O'Connor put down the telephone, his broad, muscular body sagging a little. So she hadn't been merely tired. Hell. He changed to worn jeans and his old leather jacket, and made a mean face at the mirror. Nick the hustler tonight. Man of a thousand faces, said his agent, and every one of them homely. A regular one-man Dickens novel."
Nick is a New York stage actor who does TV spots for the money. His wife, Lisette, is a beautiful and talented actress. She's also trying to kick a drug habit and a deep-seated guilt dating back to the death of a friend during her college days.
Salvation seems to arrive just in time when Nick is offered the role of Claudius in an upstate college production of "Hamlet." There's a role for Lisette as Ophelia. The scene switches to the college and the author sets up the conflicts early. Students and professionals tackle myriad problems involved in getting the production ready, with the war in Vietnam always an "unspoken, ominous presence."
Nick and his friends press on with preparations for opening night, caught up in the glories of Shakespeare's "Hamlet." Nick tries to ignore pranks someone begins to play on Lisette, even as the pranks grow nastier, even dangerous. The key to the culprit's identity may be in a Shakespearean quotation, this one from "Macbeth": "Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased, pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow."
The characters take Shakespeare seriously and quote him so often he's like another character. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
The leading lady part of Ophelia is being played by Lisette and her husband, Nick O'Connor, has been hired to as the King along with Rob Jenner as Hamlet. Lisette has lead a troubled life and Nick is grateful to spend a few months away from New York at the bucolic campus where their only concerns should be mounting the play. Best laid plans and all that because Lisette it seems is being targeted and not in a good way. Nick and one of the students, Maggie Ryan, try setting a trap for the guilty culprit without much success.
This was a pleasant read but there was more mystery surrounding who was playing threatening pranks than the actual murder which didn't take place until the end of the book. The lack of clues was annoying to me since I am a Christie fan and she was the queen of clues and plots. Perhaps it's not fair to compare the first book in a series with a master of the genre but hopefully the later books are better laid out.
I will say the book was interesting with all the details of getting the production ready for the stage and like I said, it was a pleasant read. The characters were fairly well developed and the premise for the murder definitely brought Christie to mind.