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Cursed in the Act
by Raymond Buckland


Overview - FIRST IN A NEW SERIES
Bram Stoker, business manager for London s Lyceum Theatre, always expects the supernatural to be lurking around the corner. But investigating the murder of a cast member might be enough to make even him lose his head
"1881." When the star and owner of the Lyceum, Mr.
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Overview
FIRST IN A NEW SERIES
Bram Stoker, business manager for London s Lyceum Theatre, always expects the supernatural to be lurking around the corner. But investigating the murder of a cast member might be enough to make even him lose his head
"1881." When the star and owner of the Lyceum, Mr. Henry Irving, is poisoned on "Hamlet" s opening night, it s up to stage manager Harry Rivers to make sure the show goes on. Fortunately for Harry, Mr. Irving is able to pull through and walk the boards as planned. But when his understudy is killed the very next day, Harry s boss, Bram Stoker, becomes convinced that foul play is afoot.
Mr. Irving has a list of enemies longer than a Shakespearean soliloquy, any of whom would have been happy for the curtain never to rise. It soon becomes clear that nefarious, possibly magical, methods are being employed to shut the play down. With more cast and crew members falling victim to the increasingly dangerous accidents on set, it s up to Harry and Stoker to figure out which of Irving s critics has a voodoo vendetta "

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780425268018
  • ISBN-10: 0425268012
  • Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
  • Publish Date: January 2014
  • Page Count: 295
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.5 pounds

Series: Bram Stoker Mystery

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - General
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Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-11-18
  • Reviewer: Staff

Dracula creator Bram Stoker plays crime solver in this strong series debut set in 1881 London from YA author Buckland (Atomic Sunrise). Stoker is the business manager of the Lyceum Theatre, the home stage of the two most prominent actors of the day: Henry Irving and Ellen Terry. Irving falls sick just before a performance, and though the thespian goes on with the show, Stoker assigns his stage manager, 22-year-old Harry Rivers, to investigate. Suspicion that the star was intentionally poisoned is bolstered by word that some in the theater world knew about it in advance—and by a series of gruesome incidents targeting the Lyceum. Irving’s understudy is trampled to death in the street, his head crushed to a pulp, after being pushed into a horse’s path. And in the midst of a performance, a backdrop unfolds to reveal a severed head. Well-defined, if eccentric, characters and a suspenseful plot make this one a winner. Agent: Grace Morgan, Grace Morgan Literary Agency. (Jan.)

 
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