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A Mystery of Errors (Shakespeare & Smythe, Book 1) by Simon Hawke

By Simon Hawke

Tourists, Will Shakespeare-a fledgling dramatist, and Symington Smythe, an ostler and aspiring thespian, meet at a roadside resort and choose to solid their lot jointly for repute and fortune within the cutthroat international of the London theater in Elizabethan England . . . yet neither used to be ready for his or her offstage come upon with A secret of blunders. while a backer's daughter is double-crossed through a would-be suitor, the reluctant bride turns to the ostler and the playwright for aid. Little does an individual detect that those easy affairs of the center and an prepared marriage will result in an unlimited internet of conspiracy, flawed identification, and homicide that unearths the playwright detailed for assassination and the ostler hopelessly in love. yet such concerns are regimen in A secret of error, the place Shakespeare in Love meets the Brother Cadfael mysteries of Ellis Peters.

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If this was the caliber of fare on the railroad, with its small kitchen cars and tiny staff, what then must await her at her final destination? Even in her anxiety, Etta was comforted by the thought that at least if she had to earn her own bread, it would not be stale. And if she had to serve food to earn her keep, at least it would be fare she could serve with pride. By the fourth day of travel, however, no amount of cinammon or sage could disguise the odor arising from the women, not to speak of the men.

And although it was true that this woman was not beautiful, it was equally true that this would never matter. She stripped off the jacket, threw her traveling case upon the bed opposite mine and proceeded to unpack. Out came a skirt, a blouse, a corset, and underclothing. I began to rouse myself from my pillow to greet the stranger when a voice like a darning needle pierced my words dead center. “Laura Bullion,” she said. “Texas by way of Tennessee. Better wake up, pretty. Dinner. ” She turned back to her work, apparently uninterested in any reply.

She asked. Mrs. Kelley dipped the nib of a long glass quill into the purple ink she kept for these signings—and these signings only. A harmless affectation, she had always thought, a unique color to remind the central office that these were “Kelley's girls,” unique even among the fine specimens deemed good enough for such an enlightened concern. Lowering her eyes, the woman who would be known as Etta Place signed the contract, gently gripping the clear cut-crystal pen. It felt in her hand like an icicle.

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