A Mask of Shadows

A Mask of Shadows

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1889. The Scottish Play is coming home. But before the darling couple of London theatre, Henry Irving & Ellen Terry, take their acclaimed Macbeth to the Edinburgh stage terror treads the boards. A grisly message found smeared across the cobbles in blood, foretelling someone's demise. As the bloody prophecies continue to appear Edinburgh's own beloved pair - Detective 'Nine-Nails' McGray & Inspector Ian Frey - enter the scene. Frey scoffs at this blatant publicity stunt, while McGray is convinced of supernatural affairs. As they scrutinise the key players, they discover that Terry, Irving, and his peculiar, preoccupied assistant (one Bram Stoker) all have reasons to kill, or be killed... But one thing is clear. By occult curse or human hand, death will take bow the night the curtain rises.
Publisher: [London] :, Penguin Books,, 2017
Description: 481 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9781405926225
Branch Call Number: DeMu


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Jun 16, 2021

Lots of action and the narrator still reminds me of Niles Crane — he is such a fusspot, but in a funny way. There is an interesting historical basis for the story too. The only jarring note is the use of excerpts of diaries and reports that frequently interrupt the narrative, but it is not a huge flaw. A fun read.

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