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The Nine Giants (Nicholas Bracewell #4)

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"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

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

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Set against the backdrop of mayoral elections and the rivalries that pulse through London's
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Sharon
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
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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!
Lora
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.
Richard
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.
Donna
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...
Celia
Okay. Not great.
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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
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