The Counterfeit Crank

The Counterfeit Crank

Book - 2004 | 1st ed.
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Baker & Taylor
Nicholas Bracewell finds his job with the London theater troupe Westfield's Men complicated by an ailing playwright, the disappearance of the group's costumes, a troublesome gambler, a pair of con artists, and murder, in a new historical mystery from the Edgar-nominated series.

McMillan Palgrave
Nicholas Bracewell, the book holder and stage manager for the popular London theater troupe Westfield's Men, has a few problems on his hands. Edmund Hoode, the troupe's talented playwright, has fallen ill and is unable to complete his next opus. But is his illness from natural causes or is something more sinister afoot? An absentee landlord seems to have coincided with a few unusual events at the inn the troupe calls home. A gambler has moved in upstairs and proceeds to take money off many of the actors, something the regular landlord would never have allowed to happen. The troupe's costumes are purloined from a locked storage cabinet and they are forced to perform with makeshift clothing.

When Nicholas meets a couple of down on their luck young people who are making their living as con artists on the streets of London, helping them is almost too much for poor Nick. But he's got a good heart and an inquisitive mind, and as usual he'll stop at nothing before he gets everything under control. After all, the show must go on in Edward Marston's delightful fan-favorite, Edgar-nominated series.


Blackwell North Amer
Nicholas Bracewell, the book holder and stage manager for the popular London theater troupe Westfield's Men, has a few problems on his hands. Most unfortunately, Edmund Hoode, the troupe's talented playwright, has fallen ill and is unable to complete his next opus. As if that weren't enough, the sudden absence of their hated landlord seems to have coincided with a few unusual events at the inn the troupe calls home. A gambler has moved in upstairs and has begun to take money off many of the actors, something the regular landlord would never have allowed.
Then Westfield's Men are faced with the ultimate insult when the actor's costumes are purloined from a locked storage cabinet and they are forced to perform with makeshift clothing. Protecting the troupe from whatever sinister curse has befallen them is almost too much for Nick to bear, but, as usual, he will stop at nothing before he gets everything under control. After all, it's Nick's job to ensure the show will go on, in spite of toil, trouble, and perhaps even murder.

Baker
& Taylor

Nicholas Bracewell finds his job with the London theater troupe Westfield's Men complicated by an ailing playwright, the disappearance of the group's costumes, a troublesome gambler, a pair of con artists, and murder.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312319496
0312319495
Characteristics: 257 p. ; 22 cm.

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Palomino
Jul 26, 2011

arrrgh, the acting troupe and their medieval friends are a bit too... simple? contrived? wooden? Frankly, it was a bit boring. Go read a Brother Cadfael book instead.

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