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Catesby’s Ghost

By Leonard Tourney

London 1604. In the reign of King James I religious tensions threaten to rise out of control.

Usually preoccupied with writing and performing, successful playwright William Shakespeare finds his life disturbed by the return of an old friend, Gabriel Catesby. As unsavoury events unfold, William accepts Catesby into his company of players, The King’s Men — relying on him for protection against those who wish him harm.

When the King’s Men perform at a lord’s manor house, Catesby introduces William to those who seek to use his influence — for a playwright’s words are powerful. But secret meetings with the likes of Guy Fawkes raise questions about Catesby’s own intentions and loyalties.

As risky plots ensue, William becomes entangled with dangerous new alliances — alliances that teeter on the brink of treason.

Catesby’s Ghost is the much-anticipated return to the Mysteries of Shakespeare series, in which the playwright is placed in the midst of the most infamous instance of domestic terrorism in English history.

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