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The Roaring Boy

(Nicholas Bracewell #7)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  162 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Dame Fortune has abandoned Lord Westfield's men to calamity...
One member of the popular London acting troupe has died. Their present production is a failure. Then an anonymous playwright hands company mainstay Nicholas Bracewell a chance for salvation: a new script that exposes a tragic miscarriage of justice in a murder case.
News of the impending production of The Roari
Paperback, 259 pages
Published March 15th 2002 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 1995)
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Jill Holmes
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Edward Marston's "The Roaring Boy" is part of his series set in the late 1500s in Elizabeth I's England. His hero (and now mine) is Nicholas Bracewell, a book holder (prompter and general factotum) for Lord Westfield's Men, one of the best respected troupes of players in London. During their production of 'The Corrupt Bargain', one of the key actors and a mainstay of their troupe, dies on stage. The players must forego the book, act around the dead man until he can be removed, and ignore the wor ...more
Robert Hepple
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First published in 1995, The Roaring Boy is the seventh in a series of Elizabethan murder mysteries. The stories are set against the background of a London-based company of performers called 'Westerfield's Men' after their sponsor. In this adventure, the story is based around a contentious play called 'The Roaring Boy' written to highlight a recent miscarriage of justice. As is often the case with Marston's stories, the plot is sometimes a little obvious but is compensated for by the cracking pa ...more
Wayne Farmer
A relatively interesting whodunit with some good twists at the end, but this time the book seemed to lack a bit of the real-life historical background that usually brings these stories to life. There was an interesting real life historical character in Richard Topcliffe, the notorious Elizabethan torturer (who did indeed actually investigate a notorious play), but it felt a bit levered into the story.
Overall not a bad read, but not the best of the series.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mildly interesting crime fiction, set in a world of 1590s London theatre in which it seems Shakespeare never existed - except in the pale imitations here. Characters are based mostly on Lord Chancellor's Men figures, and much of the plot is lifted wholesale from plays of the period, in particular Measure for Measure and Arden of Faversham, though I recognised other elements.

The author writes under a pseudonym based on an actual playwright of the period. The plots and characters might also be kin
Nicky Warwick
This is a set of Historical Fiction mysteries set in Elizabethan times.
An Author new to me & I enjoyed the story & the characters. The setting is well devised & the historical bits are good & definitely add to the book but it's not in the same league as CJ Sansom & Co.
These are shorter & lighter toned than the other Elizabethan historical faction stories I've read.
Nonetheless a nice lighthearted read for fans of Sansom & Parris et al
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
An excellent series, and this one did not disappoint. A great plot, which pulled me along at pace, painting a great picture of life in the Elizabethan theatre. The whodunnit element is entertaining and kept me guessing. A very enjoyable read.
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best, and last, of the five I found in a charity shop. Have moved them swiftly on
Annette O'grady
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a very interesting read and very enjoyable with lots of twist and turns
Mark Pasquini
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another mystery from the acting company which mixes Elizabethan history and an interesting mystery with great twists and turns. Recommended.
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I nearly didn't bother to continue once I'd read the first chapter. So glad I did! Really enjoyed the plot and resolution. Can't wait to read another in the series.
Karen Brooks
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicholas Bracewell, the book holder of a very successful acting troupe, Lord Westfield’s Men in Elizabethan England. Formulaic (and I mean that in the most positive sense of the word, a reader knows what they’re going to get and is more than satisfied with the process and outcome) and utterly charming and clever, filled with rich language and wonderful humour and well as clever plotting, these novels just get better and better.
The book opens when one of Westfield’s Men shuffles off this mortal c
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, history, mystery
Westfield's Men are struggling. Their playwright, Edwin Hoode, hasn't written a really good play in ages, and Lawrence Firethorn has a toothache he can't get rid of. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a great idea for a play appears in the form of an anonymous donation of plot and character. The story is topical, being based on a notorious recent murder in Greenwich. Unfortunately, it also brings criminal charges against the acting troupe in the form of Edwin Hoode who is thrown into prison under threat ...more
Vicky Thomasson
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The seventh book in the series of the Bracewell mysteries and Marston still has it! I love revisiting Lord Westfield's Men, each character has really come to life throughout the series and I enjoy each mystery very much. I was sad to that Anne and Nicholas did not reunite in this book and really hope she reappears at some point. I'm looking forward to getting my teeth into number eight now.
Elli Meyrick
Nice easy read
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Bracewell receives a play about a notorious murder. Steel swords and incest, interesting and good action.
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marston spins a good mystery yarn around a company of actors in Elizabethan London
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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 theatr

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