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The Silent Woman (Nicholas Bracewell #6)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  128 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Fortune casts the lot of Lord Westfield's men among thieves and murderers...
When fire destroys their London theater, Lord Westfield's players must seek out humbler venues in the countryside. But company manager Nicholas Bracewell is distracted by a shocking tragedy: a mysterious messenger from his native Devon is murdered by poison. Though the messenger is silenced, Nicho
Paperback, 338 pages
Published February 28th 2002 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published May 1992)
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Pamela Mclaren
An errant wind during an outdoor performance at a London theater is just the first of a number of things that ultimately send the Lord Westfield players and company manager Nicholas Bracewell out of town. For Bracewell, it's the poisoning death of a young girl who came with a message for him, an assassin out to kill him and a clear, unspoken message that he must have come his native Devon. Its a message that he answers but it sets him on a path of danger and conflicted emotions and reflections o ...more
Dan Harding
Highly readable, but as with the Railway Detective novels and The Queen's Head, a little glib; events happen easily and quickly without real conviction, and somehow the characters lack a real sense of emotional depth. A good yarn, but I want to be overwhelmed rather than simply entertained. Fun but forgettable.
Robert Hepple
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First published in 1992, The Silent Woman is the 6th in the Nicholas Bracewell series of Elizabethan mysteries. The setting of the series, with the main character being the stage manager of a theatrical company, always makes for a fresh approach - even though the plot in this case takes Nicholas back to his home town for a few days. An excellent episode in the series.
Maria Thermann
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review of Edward Marston's "The Silent Woman", the 6th Nicholas Bracewell mystery set in Elizabethan London

The 6th of Edward Marston's splendid Elizabethan murder mysteries of his Nicholas Bracewell series reaches fever pitch in its intricate plotting and takes us back to the origins of Nicholas' life as a traveller and disavowed merchant's son from Devon. It is a wonderful murder mystery but also a great novel dealing with one man's soul searching and what people will - and won't - do for love.
Jul 18, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uh, felt like I needed to put a book up here so I'm not making friends with a bunch of people on this thing with zero books read. Anyway, this is part of a series of books where an Elizabethan acting group (meaning really in Elizabethan times, not just a modern group performing old plays) solves mysteries. Besides getting a mystery, you get to see into the world of acting a few centuries ago. In The Silent Woman, the group accidently burn down their theatre so they have to go "on tour" to earn m ...more
This is an other Elizabethan murder story with Westerfield's Players in centre stage. I use the term murder story not mystery as it is not so much a who dunnit as an adventure as an adventure and why done it. There are a couple of sub plots running through and more background dub up on some of the characters from the players. Once again the players are not welcome at their usual stage and they are fighting their own battle as a group as individual meme hrs fight their personal battles. After the ...more
Wayne Farmer
This has been my favourite in the Elizabethan Mysteries series so far. Things had started to get a little predictable with the series, but this novel was different. I enjoyed how Nicholas Bracewell had to part ways with the company and go back to his roots - it really helped to flesh out the character as well as giving us all a change of direction for Westfield's men. The plot was exciting and the subplot of the company's tour was humourous. Overall a great, fun addition to the series and I hope ...more
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5* actually. Quite a nice read, giving the story of Nick Bracewell, full of twist and turns. The bigger weakness is when Marston goes into more psychological territory: he wrote this book, like the previous ones, as a murder mystery and doesn't take enough time to develop the inner life of his characters to make the psychological aspects of the novel credible. So a good yarn, but a bit over ambitious.
Vicky Thomasson
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another thrilling adventure about Westfields men. This time they are to go on tour as they accidentally burn down half of The Queens Head. I never get bored of reading a Bracewell mystery and I really felt like I got to know more about Nicholas in this book. I think that book number 6 is probably the best one. Now for number 7...
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Ce livre fait partie d'une série policière élisabéthaine mettant en scène une troupe de théâtre et son régisseur. L'intrigue est bien ficelée et la plongée dans la vie de cette troupe de théâtre au 18ème siècle passionnante. Tous les amateurs de romans policiers historiques devraient aimer !
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction, history
Another Elizabethan mystery about the troupe of actors, The King's Men. They hit the road again, and in the course of events, Nick has to go back to his origins and face his mistakes. This also means he has to decide where his future lies, and it's not where you'd think!
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took me a while to get into this but enjoyed it once it got going.
Whipping through these at a rapid pace. Like a bag of potato chips, actually.
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nicolas Bracewell goes to Barnstaple to confront his past. Best book in series, so far. Nice fights, good plot, nice twists.
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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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