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A modern serial killer - hunting an ancient secret.



A woman is left to die as the rebuilt Globe theatre burns. Another woman is drowned like Ophelia, skirts swirling in the water. A professor has his throat slashed open on the steps of Washington’s Capitol building.



A deadly serial killer is on the loose, modelling his murders on Shakespeare’s plays. But why is he killing? A
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Paperback, 496 pages
Published January 10th 2008 by Sphere (first published 2001)
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John
Mar 23, 2008 John rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Peoplpe I dislike. Vivisectionists etc.
Recommended to John by: Simon Mayo Book Panel - what a bunch of plonkers
Oh my... it didn't go well at all.... how can this possibly be the same book that some people have given 4 or 5 stars to. It really baffles me.

I am one of those poor/deluded individuals [and yes - I actually believe there are more of us than some would admit] that actually enjoyed the Da Vinci Code. Believe me.... it was a literary masterpiece in comparison to this nightmare.

Against my better judgement I continued reading long past the point where the book usually gets sent to a furnace. I am n
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Alison Looney
Good lord in heaven, this book is a train wreck. It's almost impressive that a plot this unoriginal could also be so maddeningly complicated. I'm somewhat familiar with Shakespeare's plays and the times in which he wrote them, but the jumbled cast of historical characters is impossible to keep straight. I'm surprised the affectedly plucky leading lady could keep track of her own research.

And, of course, the reader is treated to plenty of clichéd (or "classic," if you're being generous) mystery
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Angela
I have a confession to make, and it is this: I am simultaneously repelled by and attracted to books that shamelessly mention The Da Vinci Code in their blurbs. I think a small part of me keeps hoping that somebody will come along that will take what Dan Brown tried to do with that book and do it again, only better.

The problem is, Interred with Their Bones doesn't do this. It has one major advantage over The Da Vinci Code in that Carrell's prose is infinitely more able than Brown's, but once you
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erin
Man, everyone is taking this too seriously. Suspend disbelief and read the novel as a novel! This is not supposed to be literary fiction or intellectually hip nonfiction. This is essentially a murder mysteryish lit thriller! Sheesh!

I may have more warm fuzzies for this book because it kept me entertained while being sick for way too long, but I completely enjoyed it. While I get the Dan Brown comparisons as this was a run-around-the-world-and-find-out-secret-scholarly-stuff-and-other-conspiracie
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Alan
Unintelligible romp through pseudo history, December 27, 2008
By Alan A. Elsner "Alan Elsner, author" (Washington DC) - See all my reviews


I thought that this book, promising a historic romp through Elizbathan England, probing the many mysteries surrounding the life and identity of William Shakespeare, would be just up my alley. It combines several themes I love -- history, thrillers, England and Shakespeare. Unfortunately, it fell far short of its promise.
The author clearly loves her history a
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Christa
I found this book to be fast moving, action packed, and engrossing. The life of Kate Stanley, a former Shakespearean academician and current Shakespearean play director, is shaken when her former mentor, Roz, visits her and is then found dead after a fire in the theater where Kate is working. Kate was given a gift by her mentor hours before her death, and it is the first clue to solving a Shakespearean puzzle. Kate chases clues from England to Harvard University to the American southwest, and th ...more
Linda
Theatre director Kate Stanley receives a gift from her mentor, who later is found murdered. Kate follows the clues in the package and is soon on the verge of discovering something extraordinary.

Being an interesting story in general, the book still runs the risk of loosing the reader's attention. There's a lack of generous descriptions and first hand perspective. Kate's feelings isn't always clear. She often seems unaware, or even ignorant, of the danger she is in, which only serves as a diminish
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Caitlin
I think the best word to describe this book would be derivative. It's the kind of "international chase to uncover secrets of the past" thriller that has become rather formulaic of late. This version adds on the literary weight of Shakespeare, which only intensifies the cliche. If we're not looking for the descendants of Jesus, Shakespeare's lost play is probably the next best thing.
The novel isn't a complete loss. The writing is fact-paced and the set-up is decently entertaining. But sometimes
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Melissa
Several months back I happened on a book called Codex which I had hoped to follow in the footsteps of other books I enjoyed about lost manuscripts and literary mysteries. Codex disappointed me severely, but at last I seem to have gotten my wish with Interred with Their Bones.

If such a comparison were necessary, I'd call it a cross between Possession and The DaVinci Code. It is not quite the page-turner that Dan Brown's book is, but then it doesn't have that cheesy "tv-movie-of-the-week" feel ei
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LJ
INTERRED WITH THEIR BONES (Suspense-Kate Stanley-Int’l-Cont) – G
Carrell, Jennifer Lee – 1st novel
Dutton, 2007, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780525949701

First Sentence: From the river, it looked as if two suns were setting over London.

Kate Stanley is a Shakespeare scholar who has left the halls of academia for the boards of the Globe Theatre. Her Harvard mentor and friend, Rosalind “Roz” Howard, comes to see her as Kate is preparing her debut of “Hamlet,” giving her a wrapped present and asking that the
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Brooke
I had warned myself long ago about avoiding books that tried to jump on the DaVinci Code bandwagon, since they seemed to be slapped together without much care in hopes of capturing the attention of one of the millions of people who had spent money on Dan Brown's blockbuster. I let down my guard with Interred with Their Bones - it was about Shakespeare, not mysterious religious texts, after all. Missing Shakespeare plays! The secret identity of the playwright! Should be excellent.

Except, not.

I w
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Kristy
Abandoned because this literary cliche is really starting to irk me. Another member of the Dan Brown School of Lazy History Mysteries, "Interred With Their Bones" is irritating from the beginning. Let's follow the formula, shall we?

1a. Main Character: Literary expert in their field, especially on a specific cult author or text. Text tends to be European. In the case of Graham Moore's eyeroll-worthy book "The Sherlockian," it was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In this case, MC Kate Stanley is an expert
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Jessy
This book was just all around fantastic. When I was finished with all Dan Brown had to offer for Robert Langdon, I found myself at a loss when it came to finding such a thrilling, intelligent plot. Interred With Their Bones was just was I was looking for. The adrenaline rush, the intrigue, the historical info - it was just incredibly well rounded. I found it really difficult just to put it down.

The plot was unlike anything I'd ever seen before. It toyed with the mysteries around the famous poet
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Nicole
In Interred With Their Bones, author Jennifer Lee Carrell plunges you without delay into a suspenseful story revolving around Shakespeare and the burning of The Globe Theatre. In the present day Globe, Kate Stanley is directing soon to be premiered Hamlet when Rosalind Howard, her mentor not seen for many years, asks her to take a gift - an adventure, a secret - and follow when it leads…The Globe Theatre is on fire, the same day when The Globe Theatre burned in 1613 and Rosalind Howard is found ...more
Laura de Leon
This was a hugely fun chase through Shakespeare's work and Shakespeare's lore, including the question of who wrote the works we give Shakespeare's name to.

This book was exactly what it set out to be. Cryptic clues! Chases! Near Escapes!

I know enough about Shakespeare that most of the references in the book rang a bell, but not enough that I could say if any of the conclusions they drew from the clues actually made sense. They all sounded good in the book, though.

With any book of this sort, you
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Trak
It was okay as book reads go. The story line was out there and wholly unbelievable which made it fun.

I brought this book at a second hand book store and having finished the book found the following written black biro at the back:
"I, Matthew Jamieson 17/04/2008, Solemley swear that if I should ever, in the future attempt to wear muscle shirts and look "cool" when I am clearly not, that I will immediately cease this behaviour, or else have my ass kicked. Sincerely Matthew Jamieson" I should point
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Sue Smith
I find writing thoughts down about books like this one are hard. It wasn't bad. It wasn't breath taking either. It was a pretty action packed novel that is based on the knowledge of Shakespeare - the plots, the ins-and-outs, the characters, the drama - a mystery that was wrapped around the Bard himself.

Unfortunately, it read too much like a Dan Brown novel, but the specialist in this case was a whiz in Shakespeare lore and the holy grail was a missing play. Even the bad guy ended up being a tru
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Christine_v
I really enjoyed this book. It was very easy to read and the story was fast and interesting. I liked all the historical information about Shakespeare and his work.
And for once I didn't hate the protagonist. At times she was blind about her companions but in general she took well the facts and tried to make the best of them.
I would recommend it, if you enjoy lots of information about Shakespeare and his life and an intense travel around the world to gather them first, before the killer.
Ellie
The novel is well written entertaining and enjoyable read that combines the hunt for a modern day serial killer who kills his victims by re-enacting some of Shakespeare’s finest death scenes and some possibly true revelations from the life of William Shakespeare himself. Did Shakespeare actually write his own plays and sonnets? Was he really who he said he was? Is there a lost play? You can read the book and make up your own mind.
Bartek
Mieliśmy kod Leonarda, teraz mamy szyfr Szekspira (a tak naprawdę to Bacona)...
To oczywiste skojarzenie, tym bardziej że na okładce jeden z recenzentów twierdzi, że książka jest tak dobra, że odłożył "Kod Leonarda Da Vinci". Ponieważ moja opinia na temat książki Browna jest bardzo zła, powyższe zdanie nie było specjalnie polecającym i trudnym do osiągnięcia.
Kiedy już przywykniemy do irytującej poetyzacji języka ("śpiewające ostrze noża" i inne przykrości) i przeczytamy powieść, wypadnie nam zgod
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Dlora
I kept thinking I should like this story more than I did. Yes, a literary romp or an intellectual thriller would describe it well. It's like the Da Vinci code with our heroine deciphering clues that challenge your thinking and race you around the world. The chase is to find a lost Shakespearean play but also to resolve the long-standing question of Shakespeare's real identity. But I kept getting confused and had to go back and refresh my memory. I suspect that someone with a better Shakespearean ...more
Brackman1066
Thank you, Jennifer Carrell, for writing one of the first "lost ancient book adventures" I've read that actually allows its educated protagonist to be, you know, knowledgeable about her field. I'll admit that the rank of cultural historians who travel in time and are surprised by garderobes, or D.Phils in Middle English lit who have to look up who Chretien is on the internet probably annoy me more than they should, especially when their field is my field and I know what they had to read for thei ...more
Anachronist
What I liked:

Firstly and foremostly I loved the fact that Jennifer Lee Carrell really knew what she was writing about. She is not one of these authors which make factual mistakes, leading their characters on a wild-goose chase to places which don't exist. When she describes a library or a cave you can feel she was and worked there herself. After just a page or two It became obvious that her research and love of the subject is phenomenal. I found myself literally sucked into the various debates t
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Amanda
Sep 14, 2008 Amanda rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone up for a fun read.
Being curious I grabbed this book at the library and held no expectations for what I was going to read. I find that is the best going into any book.

I found the story and plot very complex but entertaining. I found the book to be a great middle of The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and Davinci Code by Dan Brown. There were quite a lot of twists that kept me guessing and plenty of action. (hence Davinci Code) More than that though, the Author wound herself through every theroy that has existed wit
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Gail
A literate literary thriller, with edge of the seat chases and world-wide travel. Kate Stanley is a well-known theatre director, Shakespeare mostly, a PhD from Harvard. A well-known Shakespearian scholar. Her mentor, Roz, seeks her out after many years separation and gives her a gift with the mysterious instruction, "Follow where it leads." Kate is directing Hamlet at the Globe in London. Unfortunately Roz dies during the fire at the Globe. Immediately, Kate is followed and threatened by myterio ...more
Kay
If you hate Dan Brown, please read past the first sentence!

This is a Dan Brown-like adventure into the world of Shakespeare---Dan Brown-like in that there are unknown bad guys chasing the main character, and there are cliffhangers at the end of each chapter. However, it's a much better read, because this author is actually an English professor and knows more about the art and craft she's practicing.

The plot has to do with a missing Shakespeare play, and delves a bit into who the dark lady and th
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Michael
I looked at this book several times in stores but always passed it up: it seemed to be another Da Vinci Code look-alike, except this time with Shakespeare. Potentially amusing, but not worth the money. Finally, instead of buying it, I ended up checking it out from my library and giving it a chance. I was very pleased with the result.

The plot of the book is bound up with the ever-shady world of Shakespeare scholarship (shady in that the truth about Shakespeare is difficult to discern and based on
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Betita
Um livro denso mas maravilhoso.
Há uma busca incessante por uma peça desaparecida de Shakespeare, mas mais que tudo pela verdadeira identidade do próprio Shakespeare, tudo isto misturado com assassinios, fugas mirabolantes e ainda tudo interligado com muitas cenas das peças do grande dramaturgo Inglês.
Este é sem duvida um daqueles livros que nos faz ADORAR ler!

William Shakespeare
É certo que muito pouco se sabe sobre a vida de William Shakespeare. Shakespeare nasceu e foi criado em Stratford-upon-
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Tina
“At the far end of a maze of police barriers and command tents, we came at last to a wide set of double doors. I frowned. They looked like the main doors to the theater. ‘Had to sacrifice everything else,’ said the fire chief… ‘But I think we’ve saved the Globe.’” (p. 21)
“’He looked round and then leaned in close. ‘It’s the First Folio. After the fire last night, the Widener rotunda’s littered with partly charred pages and scraps of the Gutenberg, but so far, they’ve found no identifiable trac
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“That the good that we do might live on after us, while the evil lies interred with their bones.” 9 likes
“Right, then.” He pointed across to a bank of phones against the wall. “If you want to check your voice mail, now’s the time.”
“Where’s my phone?”
“Out of service.”
“It was fine in the car.”
“It’s not fine now.”
“What’d you do to it?”
“Put it out of our misery. I’m sorry, Kate. But every minute it’s on, you’re traceable to within the length of a football field, anywhere on the planet.”
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