Aspiring playwright William Shakespeare and a would-be thespian become sleuths during their London debut in a case of matrimony, mayhem and possible murder. Symington Smythe, a would-be thespian and fledgling dramatist Will Shakespeare meet in a tavern on the road to London and become travel companions and fast friends. Once in London, they wheedle their way into a company of players and wind up in the middle of romance, mystery and intrigue. Shakespeare and Smythe join the ranks of Wolfe and Goodwin, Holmes and Watson, and at times Abbott and Costello, as a lighthearted pair of amateur detectives stumbling in and out of danger and using their wits to survive both the comspiracies at hand and the cutthroat business of the Elizabethan theater.
Simon Hawke (born 1951) is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He was born Nicholas Valentin Yermakov, but began writing as Simon Hawke in 1984 and later changed his legal name to Simon Hawke.
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