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Interred with Their Bones (2007)

por Jennifer Lee Carrell

Séries: Shakespeare Secret (1)

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Receiving a mysterious box from her eccentric mentor, who claims it contains a newly found work by Shakespeare, theater director and scholar Kate Shelton is horrified when her theater is burned to the ground and her mentor killed.
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the davinci code, now featuring shakespeare instead of jesus! also, more gay, and less domlij. all in all, a mostly-awesome read, when you ignore some of the sheer improbabilities. ( )
  kickthebeat | Nov 1, 2020 |
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  Fortunesdearest | Apr 10, 2020 |
Please. No more Temples or Templars! Despite this exclamation from main character Kate Stanley, Interred With Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell is a rollicking adventure in the style of The DaVinci Code and all the other great-scandals-of-history books that have flooded the marketplace in recent years. No Templars here, though, but another history-mystery, all about the “Sweetest Swan of Avon,” the Bard himself, William Shakespeare.

The story begins with Kate Stanley, a former Shakespearean scholar who has ditched life in academia in favor of directing the man’s plays at the Globe in London, much to the dismay of her mentor, Roz Howard. Kate knows something’s up when Roz visits her in London, gives her a mysterious box, and then is promptly killed, all while the Globe burns on the anniversary of it’s destruction by fire in 1613. As Kate begins to unravel the mystery, she discovers that it centers on a lost play of Shakespeare’s, Cardenio, which was performed only twice before it disappeared for good. Kate’s search for answers takes her to nearly every important depository of Shakespearean scholarship on the planet, all the while accompanied by mysterious Ben Pearl, who appears just in time to save Kate from an even more mysterious and deadly stalker.

Eventually, the age-old question of the true authorship of Shakespeare’s plays comes into the story. That gnarly question, combined with a few flashback chapters to 1598 – 1612 which feature a mysterious dark woman, an angelic blond boy and the Great Man Himself, serve to muddy the waters. Although a generally ripping good tale, the author introduced way too many characters in both present and past time. By the end of the book, I really didn’t care who Shakespeare was, who he slept with, who could have written the plays, or how many children he fathered. I only wanted to know who killed all the Shakespearean scholars that litter the pages of this book.

The author handled the present-day story skillfully and kept the action moving right up to the surprising ending. I confess, I skimmed over much of the “who wrote the plays” business and concentrated on Kate’s quest to find the missing play. And really, that was enough to keep my interest….the rest was superfluous. Overall, a tasty mystery with a decent dose of history. No Templars, but plenty of intrigue. Recommended. ( )
  patriciau | Dec 27, 2018 |
Interesting idea, lousy execution. Kind of a "Dan Brown goes to Harvard", the MacGuffin being Shakespeare's lost play called "Cardenio" (true basis in history). An idiotic plot full of idiots and holes, rather than sound and fury but still signifying not very much. The author indulges in frequent and confusing back-stitches (not flash backs), and has characters who engage in totally irrational behavior.
In its favor, it does contain a number of "fun facts" about Shakespeare, Harvard, historical personages of Shakespeare's time (through the medium of inserted chapters from that era).
Couldn't bring myself to finish it.
(PS I made the Da Vinci Code connection before I looked at the Wiki summary - love being validated by the hive-mind.)
PPS Goodreads mostly agrees with me - I didn't miss anything stopping early. The high-star readers, well, different strokes for different folks.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4332646-interred-with-their-bones?from_searc...) ( )
  librisissimo | Nov 10, 2017 |
This book was released hot on the heals of The DaVinci Code. I have read a few Dan Brown novels and have also started in on Steve Berry's works, and usually find their ancient mystery thrillers quite entertaining. Carrell's book was a slightly different story.

Carrell is a literary history scholar, specialising in, you guessed it, Shakespeare. This of course had absolutely no influence on the book and its plot (sarcasm warning). The overburdening of the narrative with various debates about Shakespeare and history are evidence of not being able to discern the difference between a thriller novel and a dissertation. This was the major flaw with the book and really stopped me from enjoying it more.

Having said that, underneath this was an interesting and well played out plot, with some characters that were well put together (if somewhat generic). Overall it was an enjoyable read, but you can't help but think it could have been done better.

In conclusion, it was ok. If you want an interesting take on Shakespeare based upon facts then this could entertain you. ( )
  TysonAdams | Jun 20, 2017 |
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The evil that men do lives after them;
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