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Steeped in the bawdy, boisterous and colourful world of Elizabethan theatre, this is the first book in the hugely acclaimed Nicholas Bracewell series. Set against the background of the Spanish Armada, a time of terror and triumph, the turmoil is reflected in its theatres and under the galleries of inns like London’s “The Queen’s Head” where Lord Westfield’s Men perform. When one of the actors is murdered by a mysterious stranger during a brawl, Nicholas Bracewell (the company’s bookholder) is faced with two seemingly impossible tasks: to find a replacement in time for a performance at the court, and to catch the killer. And soon, as robberies, accidents, and more misfortunes strike the posse of performers Bracewell begins to suspect a conspiracy...
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