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Haunt Me Still

by Jennifer Lee Carrell

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Haunt Me Still by Jennifer Lee Carrell
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2010
    416 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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A legendary theatrical curse...

A rune-engraved blade, a mysterious mirror, and an ancient cauldron...

And a ritually murdered body laid out in the manner of ancient pagan burials.

Kate Stanley, Jennifer Lee Carrell's dauntless Shakespearean scholar- turned-director, made a memorable - and New York Times bestselling - debut in Interred with Their Bones. Having chased down her mother's killer (and recovering one of Shakespeare's lost plays in the process), Kate's fame as a director with an expertise in "occult Shakespeare" catapults her - and Ben Pearl, her partner in crime-solving - into a new production of Macbeth, showcasing a fabled collection of objects relating both to the play and the historical Scottish king for whom it is named.

The Bard's darkest play is famously cursed, its reputation for malevolence so strong that many actors refuse to quote or even name the play aloud. And as rehearsals begin at the foot of Scotland's Dunsinnan Hill, it doesn't take long for the curse to stir. Strange references to the boy actor who first played Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's day - and died in the role - pop up. A trench atop Dunsinnan Hill is found filled with blood, and a severed human thumb turns up among the props. And Kate begins sleepwalking, waking early one morning alone atop the hill, her hands smeared in blood.

Kate has no memory of how she got there, but later that day a local woman is found dead on the hill in circumstances that suggest not just ritual murder but ancient pagan sacrifice. With the police more focused on Kate as a suspect than as a possible future victim, she and Ben find themselves in a desperate race to discover a lost version of Macbeth, said to contain rituals of witchcraft aimed at conjuring demonic forces to gain forbidden knowledge. However much Kate would like to dismiss such rituals as superstition, someone else appears willing to kill for them - and for the manuscript said to spell them out.

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"Carrell deftly uses literary scholarship as a springboard for her plot ... She's less successful with the supernatural elements... and an anemic romantic subplot." - Publishers Weekly

"The slow start and overload of supernatural elements makes this sequel a disappointment..." - Library Journal

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Jennifer Lee Carrell Author Biography

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Jennifer Lee Carrell was born in 1962, in Washington, D.C., but she grew up in Arizona. She has a Ph.D. in English from Harvard, along with undergraduate degrees from Oxford and Stanford. She was first pulled into studying literature by the Arthurian legend, and later by Norse sagas, Tolkien, and Shakespeare. It's something of a surprise to find myself writing thrillers. Before she began to write books full time, she taught literature and writing at Harvard. Later, she was the classical music critic for the Arizona Daily Star. She has also written a number of pieces for the Smithsonian Magazine. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband and daughter.

Her first book, The Speckled Monster, is what you might call a non-fiction thriller about smallpox, set in 1721. USA Today praised...

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