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Magic in the Weave

Gabriel Tavener Mysteries #4

by Alys Clare

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Magic in the Weave by Alys Clare
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  • Published Feb 2022
    256 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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A theatre company bring secrets, magic and murder along with them on their "Plague Tour," in this bewitching historical mystery starring physician-sleuth Dr Gabriel Taverner.

October, 1604. Plague has hit London, and the theatres are closed. But the capital's loss is Plymouth's gain, when a London theatre troupe, the Company, arrive on their "Plague Tour."

Country physician Gabriel Taverner is both bewitched and unnerved by the Company's sexually charged staging of Othello. The play thrums with magic and witchcraft – perilous subjects, with the King's deadly spies lurking around every corner.

When Gabriel's good friend, Coroner Theophilus Davey, tells him of a dangerous, whispered conversation overheard during a brief break, suggesting one of the cast fled London in possession of a terrible secret, Gabriel is even more relieved the Company will soon be on their way.

But then one of the actors collapses, and Gabriel finds himself caught in a waking nightmare, where nothing is as it appears. Death is stalking the Company – but how can Gabriel hope to catch a cold-blooded killer, if he can't even trust the evidence of his own eyes?

This page-turning historical mystery will appeal to readers who enjoy theatrical settings, head-scratching puzzles and creepy atmospherics.

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"[O]utstanding...Plausible period detail and characters who feel real bolster the involving plot, and the prose and pacing are both top-notch. The prolific Clare shows no sign of running out of steam." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A physician struggles to make sense of several brutal murders in Stuart England...A complex, exciting mystery whose rich historical background is disturbed by some truly chilling events." - Kirkus Reviews

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Alys Clare

Alys Clare lives in the English countryside where her novels are set. She went to school in Tonbridge and later studied archaeology at the University of Kent. She is the author of the Aelf Fen, Hawkenlye, World's End Bureau and Gabriel Tavener historical mystery series.

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