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Murder at Macbeth

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  65 reviews
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When a talented, young actress unwittingly stabs herself live onstage after a prop knife is tampered with, suspicion immediately falls on her eclectic band of castmates.

But who had the motive to kill the show's leading lady?

As the insightful, yet disillusioned, Detective Inspector
Kindle Edition, 393 pages
Published May 17th 2019 by Amazon Digital Services
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Simi Sunny
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had this book as an advanced copy. I had the priveledge of reading this wonderful story. An amazing, suspenseful debut novel about two detectives solving a mystery, where you can see every cast's background. You will love and hate them, but you will see how it will lead up to the crime.

You can also check out the review if you grab a copy of her book. Defintely worth to read it for those who are in into mystery, drama, and crime fiction story!
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
MY RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5


“A story doesn’t make sense if you rip out the earlier chapters, no matter how much you want to pretend they didn’t happen.”

“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.”

“God is the omnipresent king and we are merely his playthings for amusement to do with what he fancies. Akin to a spiteful child stomping on ants purely because he could. Or worse, taking out a magnifying glass in the summer heat and frying them to death just to watch
Swapna Peri ( Books Review Cafe )
Book Title: Murder at Macbeth
Author: Samantha Godwin
Format: eBook

Book Title:
The title of the ' Murder at Macbeth ' is very interesting and mysterious.

Book Cover:
The cover image of the book is a silhouette image of a young woman standing in dark with a light focusing on her. The image creates curiosity in the readers after reading the initial reviews and tag line on the cover.

Where ever and whenever Macbeth is played in Shoreditch's Gemini Theatre at Commercial street, people die like some
Anitalia Payne
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
An interesting mystery novel. That was what came in my mind as soon as I finished reading this book.

A young woman being murdered during playing her role as “Lady Macbeth”, the prop knife that being used for the role was being switch to a real knife. The question is “who killed her” during the play and of course following with the next questions “why, what is the motive, and how”

I have to say this is a very proper mystery novel, I liked how the storyline being built. Two detectives that being ass
Bookoffholic bookwart
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When a talented, young actress, Nikita Gowon unwittingly stabs herself live onstage after a prop knife is tampered with, suspicion immediately falls on her eclectic band of castmates

This novel falls no short of any leading crime-mystery thrillers that are well known. The suspense grips the reader page after page and one may doubt any character he/she/they come across.
Detective Inspector Finley Robson and his shrewd partner, detective sergeant Nadia Zahra, interrogate the seven key suspects, se
Julie Embleton
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A talented actress unwittingly stabs herself on stage with a tampered prop while performing in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. With the director and entire cast under suspicion, the investigating detectives find themselves unravelling a tangled mess until the culprit is finally revealed.
From the first page of Goodwin’s debut mystery, I was hooked. The moment Nikki Gowon finds herself dying on stage before her family and friends, I was itching to find out whodunnit. Goodwin’s characters form into solid,
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I was given this book by Samantha Goodwin in exchange for my honest review. Samantha clearly has a talent for writing and had me immersed in Murder at Macbeth from the beginning. I have only been to England (London) once, but was transported there while reading the book. The subtle mention of the Globe Theater (which deserves a visit if you ever go to London) and the literary references of Shakespeare really made this one stand out for me. A nice glimpse of what we all might wonder goes on behin ...more
Randee Green
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When a real knife is substituted for a prop knife, an actress playing Lady Macbeth accidently stabs herself on stage on opening night. While Nikki Gowon clings to life in a London hospital, Detective Inspector Finley Robson and partner, Detective Sergeant Nadia Zahra, investigate her director and her six co-stars. Everyone has a reason to have wanted Nikki dead, but only one of them is responsible for switching the knives.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading MURDER AT MACBETH, and the novel kept me gue
Caroline Noe
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Nikki Gowan steps onto the stage to play Lady Macbeth, she doesn't expect to end her death scene by truly stabbing herself. What follows is the investigation by two mismatched detectives into whodunnit and why.

The narrative is written in the form of interviews and flashbacks from the point of view of multiple characters, building a layered revelation of the suspects that changes your view of each. The format reminded me of Agatha Christie TV adaptations and would work well as such, each ch
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Yeahhhh not today...

This book was really predictable for me and I found myself writing a mental to do list of what I needed to clean around the house than read this.

The characters were dull and were drowned out by the continuous adding of more characters that were unnecessary, and because there was soo many characters their personalities lapped and they all seemed to speak exactly the same. All the characters were a copy of one...

The plot was... somewhat h
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This page-turning mystery would make Agatha Christie proud! The story shifts seamlessly between past and present as detectives Robson and Zahra work to uncover the truth behind the lead actress’s on-stage stabbing. Everyone is a suspect, everyone has a motive and though the author dropped clever crumbs along the way, I was plenty surprised in the end! Great writing, strong pacing, vibrant characters, twists, turns and bends that keep you guessing all make for a must read. Can't wait for more fr ...more
Vicky Peplow
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An amazing read.

Well just finished the amazing crime/thriller really enjoyed it from beginning to end with plenty of twists and turns woving all the way through. Great job.
Danie Jaye
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A suspenseful debut that keeps you guessing until the end!

I was sent this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

I love books that have you on the edge of your toes, flipping through each page with an anxious anticipation in order to get to the end. This book did not disappoint.

Goodwin was able to create a story from various perspectives that aided to the overall mystery of the plot. As with perception, this helped the reader see the case through the eyes of the different characters in order to dr
Shaun Nightshade
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Macbeth is probably the Shakespeare play that I know the best, thanks to GCSE English. Having saw this book on Instagram, I was suitably intrigued to part with a couple of pounds to purchase the Kindle version. Billed as a police procedural from a new author, it certainly caught my eye, combining the two things I quite like to read.

The book starts with the opening night of a new version of Macbeth. You sense the small cast are already at each others throats before you start. However the play see
Sara "Cristia" H. J.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Samantha Goodwin is an exceptional and talented writer, whose pen is capable to take the reader's imagination into the story she has created.

The book starts with Nikki Gowon being murdered onstage, but the act takes place in the most awkward way. With seven suspects, among her co-stars, cast mates, and the director, it's a difficult task for Detective Sergeant Nadia Zahra and Detective Inspector Finley Robson to find out who the culprit is.

The story takes us in and out the fortnight previous to
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Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand?
-Macbeth: Act 2, Scene 1

Every director hopes that their theater production's opening night will be a night to remember--that it will be written in all the papers with glowing reviews. No one expects to see an ancestress's supposed death on stage turn into a real murder most foul, and yet, in Samantha Goodwin's Murder at Macbeth, that is exactly what happens. One minute Nikki Gowon is killing it on stage, and the next moment, she ha
Karin Aston
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story! This is the first thing I want to say about this book.
It’s a very well written murder mystery with a perfect cast of characters where you never know if they’re acting or being themselves. I’m not normally a big fan of whodunnits as some of them don’t leave any clues as to the culprit and it’s not till the end you have any chance of even making a good guess. In Samantha Goodwin’s tale of murder on the stage, however, there are little clues along the way that keep you guessing
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full review on my blog at: Imagination Bubble

Every cast mate becomes a suspect, when the talented, lead actress in the production of Macbeth dies after she stabs herself live onstage. It is a job of detective Finley Robson and Nadia Zahra to find out who out of the seven people working at the theater production had the motive to tamper with the prop knife.

Murder at Macbeth is an intriguing and gripping novel set in London, filled with unpredictable plot twists.

There is a vast amount of character
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this debut novel, shrouded in secrets and twists, Samantha Goodwin introduces a story unlike one I read. At the center is the murder of Nikita Gowon and the Shakespearean play, Macbeth. The story follows the two detectives interrogating members of the cast and it switches from the present to the past telling each side of the casts' story.

From the first chapter, the story starts unraveling with one revelation after the other. In the end, the person you least expect to be the murderer reveals
Kerry Robinson
I wouldn't necessarily call this a cosy mystery novel as it does have a few darker elements so I'd classify it as a police procedures/classic Who Dun It? and it's one that I truly recommend.  

When a young actress is murdered in a very theatrical manner on the opening night of Macbeth, Robson and Zahra are called in to investigate.  In history, the play of Macbeth is shrouded in mythology and suspicion  The setting for this murder mystery is such a clever idea as it paves the way for a bunch of s
E.M. Kashman
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is exceptional. I'll be honest, I've never dug deep into mystery or thriller content before. I've seen Criminal Minds but that's about it. As a Fantasy/Scifi expert, I wasn't sure I could judge this book very well. That being said, I started reading and found I couldn't put it down.

Just to get the bad out of the way, here's what I didn't like. At first I really didn't like Robson, he felt like a stereotypical detective who's super laid back and gets all the girls but ends up impressing
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When an aspiring actress, Nikki Gowan, stabs herself live onstage after a prop knife is switched with a real knife, suspicion falls on her director and six castmates. The fact that the suspects are all actors makes the job tougher for Detective Inspector Finley Robson and his partner, Detective Sergeant Nadia Zahra, who must figure out who had the strongest motive to plan this murder.

I really enjoyed the way the story unfolded. We meet the suspects and get their sides of the story in a series of
Catherine Edward
Murder at Macbeth is a treat for crime and mystery lovers.

It starts with stage actress Nikki, stabbing herself while hundreds of audience watching. When the scene ends, claps drown the theatre. Only behind the closed curtains, Nikki pleads unsuccessfully to her colleagues with her eyes before losing consciousness.

The director and everyone first thinks that she got too much into the character. But when she doesn't move even when it's time for the next scene, to their horror they realize what had
Ruby Valentine
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's been awhile since I have read a murder mystery, and Murder at Macbeth did not disappoint. I would have never guessed this was Goodwin's debut novel, it is very well written and an easy read.

When I think of Macbeth a few themes come to mind - ambition, courage, violence, deceit and guilt. Murder at Macbeth has all these elements layered into the story. The book starts off strong, the leading lady of the play has been murdered. Goodwin drops us right into all the action. Her descriptive writ
Susana Rio
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was so hooked to this book from chapter one!
It’a a bit of a closed-room mystery as you know who can be the possible suspects but it seems like you will never figure out who did it.

I really loved the narrative and how the story was presented with interviews and flashbacks from the different characters. It was super easy to follow and gripping at every chapter.

I had so many feelings whilst I was reading this book. The only characters I loved from beginning to the end were the detectives: DI R
Ilona Nurmela
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse meets Det. Joss Carter from Person of Interest
I absolutely loved this Christiesque crime novel and thanks to Insta discovered a new favourite indie author! When a drama student slash amateur actress Nikki stabs herself with a real blade during opening night of the Scottish play, Metropolitan Detectives Robson and Zahra find themsels investigating an attempted murder with six suspects all of whom play pretend with relish. The reader is kept at the edge of her seat t
B.T. Keaton
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book begins with a shocker of an event; the (sort of) attempted murder of an actress Nikki Gowan, right onstage in the middle of a theatre performance. As a fan of the "Clue" movie from the 80s, this novel was right up my alley. Macbeth, Goodwin's fantastic debut novel, is told from 1st person POV (my personal favourite writing style) with nearly every one of those perspectives delivered from characters who all had enough motivation to want to kill Nikki. Plenty of sharp (no pun intended, bu ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love a good murder mystery and this story did not disappoint!

Our mystery follows the kooky cast of characters set to perform one of the most famous and notoriously cursed plays in history, Shakespeare's Macbeth. Our victim is a seemingly innocent girl named Nikki, who has a passion for the theatre and her role as leading lady, Lady Macbeth. In scene that normally doesn't exist, our leading lady is tragically struck down by her own hand when a prop knife is swapped out with a real one.

With th
D.P. Haka
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very interesting & fun to read, almost classic, whodunnit mystery book.

The writing is top notch, there were enough twists & turns throughout, not to mention the carefully placed hints & details, and although I could already guess who the culprit was halfway through the book, it was still satisfying to read the book to the very end (because I was right on all guesses, ha!).

I really liked the way the story was told, even though I could not really remember the dates that well and sometimes got co
Charlotte Cowley
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Murder at Macbeth is a great debut novel!
It is full of twists and turns throughout, leaving the reader gripping the edge of their seat in preperation for what will happen next.

There are seven suspects with varying personalities; the boyfriend, the best friend, the best friends vain boyfriend, the shy girl, the tempting main actor, the attractive enemy and the aspiring stage director. Each person has a motive, but only one will have swapped the prop knife for a real one, leading to Nikki Goram's
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Samantha Goodwin has written professionally for her business career as a Chartered Marketing Manager for over a decade before turning her hand to fiction. As an avid crime fiction fan, she regularly participates in the renowned Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate and completed their prestigious Crime Writing Creative Workshop. She also relishes attending literature festivals ...more

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