Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Nine Giants” as Want to Read:
The Nine Giants
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Nine Giants (Nicholas Bracewell #4)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  85 ratings  ·  11 reviews

"Marston's wit and vivid evocation of Elizabethan London's sights and smells provide a delightfully ribald backdrop for this clever series." -Publishers Weekly ., ."all the swashbuckling thrills and romantic swagger of the blood-and-thunder tragedies that are meat and drink to Westfield's Men." -New York Times Book Review The fiery star, Laurence Firethorn, is hot for a la

Hardcover, 235 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1991)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Nine Giants, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Nine Giants

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 183)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Maria Thermann
The fourth novel in the series sees protagonist Nicholas Bracewell's resource and detective skills put through even greater paces as ever before. Now secure in the Elizabethan world he has conjured up for us, Edward Marston delivers a superb murder mystery with great style and just enough period detail to suck us into the whirlpool that is 16th century London and without boring us with too many facts.


Set against the backdrop of mayoral elections and the rivalries that pulse through London's
Set in Elizabethan London, a troup of actors becomes unknowingly embroiled in politics as the lovely young wife of the Lord Mayor Elect attends one of their plays and is spied by the womanizing lead of the troupe and the actor who also writes most of their play. Both men are smitten and contentious quarrels arise. The twists and turns of the story lead to the uncovering of immense graft amongst the Lord Mayor's cronies, deaths, and the taking of another man's name.
Donna Jo Atwood
Nicholas Bracewell is the "book man" (general manager) of an Elizabethan theatrical troupe sponsored by Lord Westfield, which mainley plays at the Queen's Head Inn. He lodges with Anne Hendrik, who is the widow of a Dutch hatmaker.
Bracewell is juggling the negotiations for a renewal of the the Company's contract with the Inn, the volatile emotions of two of the Company's actors in lust with the same woman, the literary hopes of a poetically-inclined waterman, and a serious case of multiple murde
Wayne Farmer
I like these books mainly for the insight into the past and this time we get to learn a little of the Lord Mayors of London. The historical background as always is fascinating and the mystery itself is interesting enough to keep you reading. As always with Edward Marston there are quite a few coincidences that happen to Westfield's men to bring them into the plot that in real life probably wouldn't happen, but if you can forgive those then you'll find it an enjoyable read.
Vicky Thomasson
After reading The Trip to Jerusalem, I was saddened to believe that it was the last in the Nicholas Bracewell mysteries. Imagine my delight when I realised there are actually 16 books in this series! The Nine Giants was equally as good as the first three, if not better. I enjoyed every page from start to finish. I love the mix of history and a good murder mystery.
Teresa Edwards
Always reliably entertaining. Quirky, fun characters; and always a good plot, with journeys into some of the character's personal lives; evokes the time period descriptively and colorfully. Recommended!
Another Elizabethan mystery which brings in the city guilds, municipal politics, eviction from the troupe's "home" at the inn and mean, nasty relatives. Oh, and hatred of foreigners. Quite good.
Nicholas Bracewell and the mayor of London. A Dutch boy sees a killing, two of Westfield’s men vie for the wife of the mayor-elect. Interesting. One of the better efforts in this series.
Fourth in the Nicholas Bracewell series set in Elizabethan England. Interesting information on the role of the Lord Mayor of London.
Arlene Allen
At least I got away from the romance for awhile...
Okay. Not great.
John is currently reading it
Feb 27, 2015
Louise Smith
Louise Smith marked it as to-read
Feb 22, 2015
Helen marked it as to-read
Feb 18, 2015
Meri marked it as to-read
Feb 12, 2015
Pam Tedder
Pam Tedder marked it as to-read
Feb 01, 2015
Vilde marked it as to-read
Jan 16, 2015
Nancy marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2015
Carolynn R
Carolynn R marked it as to-read
Feb 23, 2015
Janet marked it as to-read
Dec 07, 2014
Cassandra Wiebe
Cassandra Wiebe marked it as to-read
Dec 06, 2014
Meredith Martin
Meredith Martin is currently reading it
Jan 05, 2015
Debbie Hoffman
Debbie Hoffman marked it as to-read
Nov 13, 2014
Sabrina The Book Lover
Sabrina The Book Lover marked it as to-read
Nov 08, 2014
Carol Smith
Carol Smith marked it as to-read
Oct 12, 2014
Non marked it as to-read
Sep 29, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information.

A pseudonym used by Keith Miles
AKA A.E. Marston

Keith 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 theate
More about Edward Marston...

Other Books in the Series

Nicholas Bracewell (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • The Queen's Head
  • The Merry Devils
  • The Trip to Jerusalem
  • The Mad Courtesan
  • The Silent Woman
  • The Roaring Boy
  • The Laughing Hangman
  • The Fair Maid of Bohemia
  • The Wanton Angel
  • The Devil's Apprentice
The Railway Detective The Wolves of Savernake (Domesday, #1) The Excursion Train (Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck, #2) The Railway Viaduct The Queen's Head

Share This Book