Edward Marston The Merry Devils

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The Merry Devils

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The premiere of the play 'The Merry Devils,' written by two of the company's actors, gives the players, as well as the audience, quite a shock. Instead of the allotted two devils appearing during a crucial scene, three enter, one looking disturbingly real. Then, in defiance, manager Lawrence Firethorne agrees to stage the play again. This time, when the devils are summoned, only one appears. The second lies dead in his costume beneath the stage. Nicholas Bracewell, mainstay of the troupe, is left to investigate the mysterious circumstances of his colleague’s death. Is it murder, or some strange, unnatural act? Only the bizarre, spectacular climax at the country seat of their patron, Lord Westfield, will tell.

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Bookholder Nicholas Bracewell, fresh from his triumph holding together his volatile players’ company during a treasonous plot against Queen Elizabeth, is set to make the galleries of The Queen’s Head ring with laughter with a new comedy, The Merry Devils. The lugubrious landlord is sure mischief will result. Nicholas sees only a harmless comedy that will not summon up real devils, but two actors adept at tumbling. How then, during the crucial scene, do three devils appear on stage, one looking disturbingly real? And what of the deviltry that follow? One imp, in fact, soon lies dead beneath the stage...

The author’s knowledge of Elizabethan stagecraft and his deep affection for the period show in every word.
Originally published in the U.S. in 1989 by St. Martin’s Press, The Merry Devils is the second Nicholas Bracewell Elizabethan mystery following The Queen’s Head.

About the Author:

Edward Marston has written over thirty mysteries, forty original plays for radio, television and the theater; worked as an actor and a theater director; and been Chairman of the Crime Writers’ Association in the U.K. The Roaring Boy, a Nicholas Bracewell mystery, was nominated for an Edgar in the Best Novel category, in 1996.

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