Thirteenth Night (Fools' Guild #1)
Fifteen years before, the jester, using the name of Feste, secretly interceded on the Guild's behalf in a dynastic crisis in the Duchy of Orsino, thus spoiling the plans of Saladin's agent, Malvoli...more
In Thirteenth Night, we learn that the name "Feste" was merely an alias for the Fools' Guild veteran known privately as Theophilos. 15 years after the events of Shakespeare's...more
The Duke has been murdered, and it is up to an old fool to find out who did it. It's a light, well-written mystery with interesting characters and some interesting world-building.
I got through this, I am afraid, only on the basis of the fact that it is built on my favorite of Shakespeare’s comedies. Historical mysteries are a somewhat problematic for me, and this was not a complete success either as a historical novel (a handful of rabid inconsistencies, and a distressing tendency to cram in mention of EVERYTHING and EVERYONE of any import in that area of the world), or as a mystery (I have a particular loathing for limited third person where the a...more
Thirteenth Night is well written, the characters are nicely fleshed out, and the events are interesting. Unfortunately, something about...more
An interesting premise… 1200's, jesters, ie fools, with a Fool’s Guild that are secret agents trying to influence good & prevent bad, patterned after the First Fool, Chr...more
Gordon, Alan – 1st in series
St. Martin’s Press, 1999, US Hardcover – ISBN: 0312200358
First Sentence: We were gathered in the tavern to taste the new beer.
*** It’s December 1200 and Feste, the jester, is at a tavern near the Fools’ Guildhall when he receives a message at “Orsino is dead.” Although a play by Shakespeare, “The Twelfth Night,” relates the events somewhat differently, Feste had been in the town of Orsino 15 years earlier. Then,...more
Duke Orsino, who married Viola at the end of Shakespeare's play, has been murdered. Feste, who is not just a jester but a member of a (very improbable) international Fools' Guild
of entertainers who use their skills to work for the good of society, is sent to investigate. Some of what he finds is depressing -- Viola's brother Sebastian is now a drunk, for example, and Sebastian's wife Countess Olivia is ambitious and lecherous -- but so...more
The main gimmick is the character of the crimesolver, the Fool from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, as outlined in the...more
The premise of the series is that the fool’s guild is actually a secret society dedicated to the well-being of 13th century medieval Europe. This story follows the events of Twelfth Night by taking us back to Orsino when the spy/fool Feste hears of the death of the Du...more
One caveat: if you have only recently read or scene Twelfth Night for the first time and can't deal with the idea that Orsino is dead, w...more
It's a set of mysteries (I think there's six right now: this is the first) set in the 14th century, and centering around a fool's guild. The first one interlocks with the plot of Shakespeare's 12th Night.
The plot is reasonably tight and fast, there's some thought provoking bits, some amusing bits, and a lot of potential. I definitely intend to keep going in the...more
Well-written and very true to Shakespeare! Twelfth Night is my favorite Shakespea...more
It continues the story of 12th Night.
Feste is revealed as Theophilus, of the Fools' Guild, summoned to return to "Orsnon" (Illyria) after 15years, as Orsino has been murdered.
Again we get the cross-dressing, the people hiding behind masks & disguises, and looking at some of the characters with new depth.
Clever intertwining of literature & history, held together by the concept of Holy Fools.
Alan Gordon is the author of the Fools' Guild mysteries. His short fiction and essays have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, The Drood Review of Mystery and the Medieval Academy Newslet...more