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CURSED IN THE ACT
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth, Historical
This is an exciting start to a promising series featuring Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, as manager of London’s Lyceum Theatre. The mystery is a fascinating blend of historical fiction and high adventure. The characters are in danger as they deal with Vodoun rituals, dangerous thugs and headless corpses.
The Lyceum Theatre is making preparations for the opening night of “Hamlet” when the star, owner Henry Irving, is poisoned. Understudy Peter Richland is looking forward to his chance in the spotlight; however, Henry pulls through and performs. The next day, Peter is run down by a carriage and becomes a headless corpse. After several more accidents endanger the employees of the Lyceum, theater manager Bram Stoker comes to believe someone has cursed the play. A nearby rival theater may be responsible and Harry Rivers, Bram’s assistant, is sent to investigate. (PRIME CRIME, Jan., 304 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: Sandra Martin
Publisher: PRIME CRIME
Published: January 2014