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The Shakespeare Secret: Number 1 in series (Kate Stanley) Paperback – 10 Jan 2008
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Plot twists worthy of The Da Vinci Code dominate this agile first novel from Carrell...this spirited and action-packed novel delivers constant excitement. (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
"a gripping page-turner, an erudite account of contemporary Bard scholarship and the plays and poems that made Mr Shakespeare, whoever he was, the man he is today. Perfect" Daily Express (“a hide-and-seek chase of murder and mayhem...Carrell omits [Dan Brown’s] ridiculous howlers but follows his penchant for twists, turns and incessant violence” The Times)
"It's the Da Vinci Code on steroids and would be banned if it were an athlete... An intelligent, thought-provoking, highly readable and extremely fast-paced whodunit spanning four centuries" Daily Sport (“her extensive research is both accurate and impressive” RTE Guide)
An action-packed adventure that hurtles from modern-day London, Boston and Arizona to the dark secrets of Shakespeare's past.See all Product description
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Carrell has a pedestrian writing style - as do for example Faye Kellerman and Karin Slaughter - but, as with those two authors, the deficiencies of the writing style are made up for by the contents of the novel. These are so entertaining that the writing style ceases to grate and is soon forgotten. Carrell introduces the reader, painlessly and enjoyably, to a wide range of fascinating information - and theorising- about Shakespeare.
As she is an academic this is all sound stuff,and not Dan Brownesque dross. (Indeed I was so taken by what I had read here that I went out and purchased a copy of Ackroyd's biography of the bard and have been dipping into other items of Shakesperiana ever since.) To be sure she is no great shakes (yes- pun intended!) of a stylist and the plot is not brilliant but it is hugely enjoyable.
It is intended to entertain and this it does - magnificently. If you want to feed the mind read Graham Greene or Dostoyevsky or tuck into Wittgenstein for God's sake. But if you are in the mood for some light entertainment this book is for you.
This book did not enthral me at all. I just did not care about the characters or who wrote shakespeare or anything to do with this book.
My recommendation is to read shakespeare instead of this drivel.