The Shakespeare Secret

by J L Carrell

Part of the Kate Stanley Series

Debut Books of the Month eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Shakespeare Secret

Okay, this is straight down The Da Vinci Code territory but sans religion.  Instead it takes murders echoing Shakespeare’s plots as its contemporary adventure, and revelations from his life as its intriguing historical background.  It is well-written, compulsive page-turning stuff and you really don’t have to be a Shakespeare buff to appreciate it.  Incidentally, if you are looking it up elsewhere then it is called Interred With Their Bones  in its American edition.

Comparison: Dan Brown, Kate Mosse, Steve Berry.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Shakespeare Secret Synopsis

A modern serial killer - hunting an ancient secret.


A woman is left to die as the rebuilt Globe theatre burns. Another woman is drowned like Ophelia, skirts swirling in the water. A professor has his throat slashed open on the steps of Washington’s Capitol building.


A deadly serial killer is on the loose, modelling his murders on Shakespeare’s plays. But why is he killing? And how can he be stopped?


A gripping, shocking page turner, The Shakespeare Secret masterfully combines modern murder and startling true revelations from the life of Shakespeare. It has been acclaimed as one of the most compulsively readable thrillers of recent years.

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The Shakespeare Secret Press Reviews

'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

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ISBN: 9780751540352
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780751540352
Publication date: 10th January 2008
Author: J L Carrell
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 496 pages
Genres: Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Reading Groups, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense, Adventure,

About J L Carrell

J L Carrell has a PhD in English and American literature from Harvard and has taught the History and Literature programme at the prestigious university - as well as directing Shakespeare for Harvard's Hyperion Theatre Company.

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