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If there was any doubt of design behind this affray, it's quickly dispelled by the discovery of a dead spectator in the gallery, Fortunates Hope--stabbed in the back. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 17, Maria Thermann rated it it was amazing. How does Marston do it? This is another nail-biting and highly entertaining excursion into the Elizabethan era, where book holder with Lord Westfield's Men, London's premier acting troupe, finds himself up to his neck in murder and intrigue.
This time, somebody is really trying to destroy the actors' livelihood. During a performance of a new play a brawl among members of the audience breaks out. Soon the brawl heads towards the stage, where clown and fellow sharer in the acting company's fortunes How does Marston do it? Soon the brawl heads towards the stage, where clown and fellow sharer in the acting company's fortunes Barnaby Gill happens to be on his own at that moment. Dragged off stage and severely beaten, Gill is trampled by fleeing audience members and left for dead.
A member of the audience, a young member of Lord Westfield's party, is found stabbed. The stage and scenery are in ruins, the landlord is furious to the point of forbidding the actors to ever stage a play at his inn again. Worse, their clown Barnaby Gill has suffered a broken leg. Driven from their venue at the Queen's Head in Gracechurch Street, the acting troupe has no choice but to bring forward their tour into Kent, where they are to perform at various venues, including Dover Castle.
How will they manage without their famous clown? Can they still muster the will to stage a play? Nicholas Bracewell hits on an idea: a substitute clown must be found.
And this happens to be Gill's least favourite person in the world, his old adversary Giddy Mussett. It is a complex mystery with plenty of red herrings leading the reader astray. Before long, there are more murders, mishaps and kidnappings threatening the future of Lord Westfield's Men. Can Nicholas Bracewell solve the mystery and save the day? As always, the banter between actors is priceless and exceptionally well presented.
Verbal spats between Gill and Giddy are hilarious and Marston's use of historic fact is sufficient to conjure up the era without ever overwhelming the reader. It's a greatly entertaining read, unputdownable, beautifully conceived. One is only sad at the end that the splendid character, rogue Giddy Musset, the vagabond clown of the book title, won't appear in future mysteries. Shame, for he's such fun and a great nemesis for arrogant Gill. Jul 11, Mizbooks rated it really liked it. Wanna read the rest in the series.
This one is book 12, I think. View 1 comment. Review - I really enjoyed this novel because of the play-offs between Barnaby Gill and Giddy Mussett. I think it really added comedy to this book having two clowns instead of just the one. I also think that it sometimes helps to take the troop away from London so that you can introduce new areas which aren't so familiar to the characters.
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However, I did feel like it wasn't quite as good as some of the previous ones, as the mystery didn't grip me quite so much. Published in , 'The Vagabond Clown' is the 13th in the Nicholas Bracewell series of mysteries set around a London-based theatre group in Elizabethan England.
This tale takes the group out of London on a short tour of venues in Kent. As is often the case, the plot is pretty daft but is held aloft by some superb interaction between the regular characters, most of whom are a little eccentric. Dec 07, GBL rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
A basic read from the pen of Edward Marston who writes a variety of mystery novels. I have read his Railway Detective series but this was my first novel in the series set in the world of the Elizabethan theatre. The story is not demanding but the characters are interesting and the various conflicts within the theatre company are enough to keep the interest of the reader. Oct 16, Soozee rated it really liked it. Really enjoyable series set in Elizabethan theatre land!
A murder mystery that kept me guessing, and entertained and enlightened along the way. Very good series. Jan 13, Ellemay rated it really liked it. This was a pleasent easy read. There was enough actionbto keep me interested if I didn't want to think about solving the mystery and enough red herrings so the the answer wasn't obvious from the beginning.
Look forward to reading some more in the series. Feb 21, Roger Woods rated it really liked it. An excellent historical mystery story set in the world of the touring Elizabethan theatre troop. Nov 19, Jo Jenner rated it liked it. If you have enjoyed any of Edward Marston's books you will enjoy this.
When someone watching a play is murdered the actors are forced out of their homes and out on a tour of Kent. Danger and 'accidents' follow them and they need to find their torturer before it's too late. Marston sets the scene beautifully and I could fully imagine Elizabethan England for a touring troop of actors. I am currently living in Kent and I loved the fact that certain pubs in Canterbury were there back in Elizabethan tim If you have enjoyed any of Edward Marston's books you will enjoy this.
I am currently living in Kent and I loved the fact that certain pubs in Canterbury were there back in Elizabethan times. The book as a whole captured my imagination but I did struggle with the final reasoning behind the actions of the killer.
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It is difficult to really explain all the issues of the day it felt a little extreme to be killing people for the reasons given. However thinking back to my history lessons from over 30 years ago I know the reasons given were likely to exist. I would have liked those things to have been explored further so the reader understood more about why people would go to such extremes.
Overall an easy read that was very enjoyable. Sep 15, Linda rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery. While performing one day in their usual venue, a group of men from the audience leap on stage and cause a furor, in which Barnaby Gill, the clown, breaks his leg. Later it is discovered that a man in the audience was murdered at the same time.
https://rotsejeto.tk Soon Mussett is killed, and other misfortunes strike the group. The last and worst is when Lawrence Firethorn, the manager of the company is kidnapped and taken aboard a ship that is about to sail.