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Author: Edward Marston
Genre: Crime, Mystery & Thriller
Rights: UK & Comm ex Can
Pub. Date: 31st March 2012
Part of the series:
The Nicholas Bracewell Mysteries
The second book in the Nicholas Bracewell series
He had the power to assume a pleasing shape, but would he take to the stage . . . ?
The audience was merry indeed when a third devilish imp bounded onstage to join the two that had been written into the script. But backstage all was uproar. The third demon seemed too much like the real thing. Even Nicholas Bracewell, the company mainstay, was shaken when, next time the play was given, only one devil appeared. The second, poor fellow, was now only a little red heap backstage. Murdered.
Before the curtain rose again, Lord Westfield’s Men would suffer the sermons of a puritan fanatic, the enchantment of passion, the terror of a London madhouse, prophecies of a famous alchemist, and danger as they’d never known it before . . .
Edward Marston’s acclaimed first mystery, The Queen’s Head, introduced readers to Lord Westfield’s Men, the colourful acting troupe led by book-holder Nicholas Bracewell. Now, in The Merry Devils, they return, embroiled in a mystery with demonic implications.
'Marston sets his colourful tale of theatre, superstition, love and revenge against a lively Elizabethan backdrop, peopled with actors, playwrights, feisty young ladies, and a few thinly disguised historical figures...The depiction of a theatrical troupe’s busy and precarious daily life makes for an entertaining read.'Historical Novels Review