THE PALE COMPANION (Amateur Sleuth-England-1600) – VG
Goodin, Philip – 3rd
Constable, 2002 - Hardcover
Actor Nick Reville and the Chamberlain's Men have been asked s to perform Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream" as part of the wedding celebration at the country house of Lord Elcombe. Befriended by Robin, a ragged man living in the forest who claims himself a lord. When Robin is found hanged, Nick doesn't believe it's a suicide.
Goodin writes a very good story with a excellent, clever dialogue that feels true to the period without being over the top. The historic detail and settings are well done. But it's the character of Nick that really drives the story. I am a big fan of this series, and very much enjoyed this entry to it.