The Trip to Jerusalem (Elizabethan Theater, #3)
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The Trip to Jerusalem (Elizabethan Theater #3)

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London is under siege by the Black Plague, closing its theaters and losing its frightened citizens to the countryside. Lord Westfield's Men decide upon the relative safety of the road and a tour of the North. Before they can pack up and depart, one player in the troupe is murdered.

As they travel, the company of players managed by its bookholder, Nicholas Bracewell, learns...more
Hardcover, 222 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by St. Martin's Press
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Karen Brooks
The third book in the Nicholas Bracewell series by Edward Marston, The Trip the Jerusalem ups the ante by becoming darker and more twisted in terms of plot and character motivation. So much so, it was hard to put down.
The novel opens with London in the grip of plague, so Lord Westfield’s men decide to quit London and try and earn their keep by playing at inns and country houses on the way to “Jerusalem” or York. Knowing they have to reduce the size of their company in order to make the journey v...more
Gerald Sinstadt
Sir Lawrence Firehorn leads a troupe of actors forced out of Tudor London by the plague. The Trip to Jerusalem of the book's title proves to be an inn in York, their final destination. Their journey features murder an mayhem, kidnapping and betrayal, and - as others have observed - much bawdy sex.

The author's clockwork plot works well enough but he cannot resist showing off the fruits of his homework - for instance the description of the Merchant Adventurer's building in York merely slows the pa...more
Rob Spence
This is the third story in the Bracewell mysteries, and all the familiar ingredients are there: dastardly acts of sabotage by the Earl of Banbury's Men; a player who is not what he seems; the abduction of one of the boy-players; marital problems for Lawrence Firethorn; bloody scenes of torture and death. But then, the genre is formulaic, and Edward Marston has honed his technique well. And to be fair, there are some unusual elements to this tale of Lord Westfield's Men. The plague has forced the...more
LJ
First Sentence: Enemies surrounded them.

Bookholder Nicholas Bracewell and the theatre company of Lord Westfield’s Men decide to leave London in an effort to avoid the plague, which seem already to have felled one of the troupe’s members. More the plague troubles the troupe. They find their plays have been given to a rival company, who are performing them on the road just ahead. When a young player is kidnapped, Nicholas is determined to learn who is out to sabotage his troupe.

Although I am not...more
Wayne Farmer
Another fast-paced historical whodunnit from Edward Marston. As usual you are kept guessing to try and work out who the culprits are, and there are many red herrings along the way. The red herrings however are my only criticism with this novel - there are a couple of side plots that while they seem intriguing and interesting at first, they don't actually have much at all to do with the main plot of the story and seem to only exist for the few sentences of humour at their conclusion which was a s...more
Donna
Read again 06/27/14 for Maze mystery discussion group.

Nicholas Bracewell and company set out from London exiled after the plague takes hold again. On the Great North Road to York they encounter a bewildering series of mishaps -- and murder.

Again the theater parts of the story are the most enjoyable. Taking the show on the road was no simple undertaking. Each venue required adaptions. Nicholas should learn to lighten up a bit too.
L.
Good again. This time the troupe have to leave London because of the Plague, so they tour up to York, aided & abetted by their arch-rivals, and assorted hangers-on & crazy people. The story brings in the history of the time with a subplot about the persecution of those still practicing Catholicism.
Carole Moran
Not as interesting as his other books in this line (Westfield players). The book starts slowly and takes a lot of time to build up toward a plot that, to me, was rather obvious from the beginning. The best feature of this book is the second half where the action picks up.
Vicky Thomasson
I have very much enjoyed the Bracewell mysteries and this book was just as enjoyable as the others. Like the others, it's full of history and mystery. I'm sad this is the last one in the series.
Kate Snow
Slow start, but second half much better once all the protagonists have been brought to York for the denouement.
Richard
Theater leaves London due to plague. Religious murders. Okay.
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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...more
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