The Counterfeit Crank 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 art

  • Title: The Counterfeit Crank
  • Author: Edward Marston
  • ISBN: 9780312319496
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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.

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    1. Edward Marston says:

      Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name See this thread for information A pseudonym used by Keith MilesAKA A.E MarstonKeith Miles born 1940 is an English author, who writes under his own name and also historical fiction and mystery novels under the pseudonym Edward Marston He is known for his mysteries set in the world of Elizabethan theatre He has also written a series of novels based on events in the Domesday Book, a series of The Railway Detective and a series of The Home Front Detective.Series contributed to Malice Domestic Crime Through Time Perfectly Criminal



    2 thoughts on “The Counterfeit Crank

    1. What a splendidly convoluted and complex mystery this is! Edward Marston is a master plotter at work, testing his protagonist Nicholas Bracewell and the troupe of actors, Lord Westfield's Men, to the very limit of endurance. It's a story of many different types of counterfeit cranks.Several thrilling and complex subplots make this easily the most accomplished of the series I've read so far. I hugely enjoyed reading this, the Elizabethan era conjured up with such ease by the author that one is te [...]

    2. This is the 14th in Marston’s Elizabethan Theater mystery series, but the first one I have read. It won’t be the last. Nicholas Bracewell is the book holder and stage manager for Westfield’s Men, an acting troupe living and performing at The Queen’s Head, in London. In this installment, Nicholas deals with the illness of their playwright, the absence of their landlord, the appearance of a young couple who want to work for the company, and the corruption of the men who run the local workh [...]

    3. Another good book in the Nick Bracewell series - the counterfeit crank was effectively any conman in those days - and you get introduced to a really obvious one early in the book. As the drama unfolds you start to realise there are a few other characters who probably aren't all they seem either - and this gets confirmed as Nick Bracewell and his fellows help uncover various deceits which affect both the whole of the acting troupe and some other characters introduced in this book.If you like this [...]

    4. Westfield's Men believe they have had great good fortune when their landlord is called away and his substitute arrives. So begins one of many plots and subplots winding through the inns, stages and beggars prisons of London, each tied neatly to the other and by the central theme of counterfeits and cons. Another well done historical mystery in this series.

    5. Review - There seemed to be so many counterfeits in this one that I wasn't entirely sure who the title is referring to! Nevertheless, I really enjoyed seeing what could have happened in Bridewell and the corruption that invaded all aspects of life. I do feel sorry for Nicholas Bracewell, who always seems to take the worst of the punishment for Westfield's Men, but keeps getting into scrapes to help people - he is a character to admire. This story is well-written and makes you think.Genre? - Hist [...]

    6. Another enjoyable book in this series, bringing Elizabethan England and the world of theatre to life. The characters are well portrayed, the plot is convincing and there is a good dollop of humour as well. Very enjoyable.

    7. I quite enjoyed reading a book in Marston's Railway Detective series, so I was looking forward to this novel set a couple of hundred years earlier. Unfortunately I did not enjoy this book anywhere near as much.Firstly, the language was awkward. Marston seemed to try to write narration as well as dialogue in a sixteenth-century style, but it was perhaps a few centuries too far for him to reach. I was misled by the cover, which suggested this was 'An Elizabethan Mystery', but there were too many p [...]

    8. Incredible series,.each book, once it gets going never lets up.until the end, of course. This particular volume was an excellent read.

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