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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leonard Tourney Narrator: Tony Jay Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455183036
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Welcome to Shakespeare’s London, a world where the stage captures the hearts of every citizen, and where darkness hides dangerous and vengeful creatures. It is in this darkness that Shakespeare finds himself the victim of treachery most foul.

When Shakespeare is contacted by his dark mistress, the former love of his life, he is excited to see her again after the long separation. But to his horror, he finds that the years have not been kind; she is now disease-ridden and near death, and intends to blackmail him, threatening to expose their affair unless he pays her considerable doctors’ bills.

When a sudden fire takes her life the only witness is brutally murdered, making Shakespeare the primary suspect. With his reputation and his life itself on the line, Shakespeare must put down his quill and brace himself for a mystery like none other.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mr. Tourney seems to have a good understanding of his scenery, and his dialogue has a nice unmannered period feel. He gives us just enough of a sixteenth-century culture to establish the appropriate tone.”

    New Yorker

  • “Vividly evocative of the era and marvelously readable.”


  • “Tourney writes so well that we are drawn into another world.”

    Pittsburgh Press

  • “Adroitly blends British history with a wonderful cast of actual and fictional characters.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Tourney is a superb writer, skilled in the richness of the Elizabethan use of language.”

    Tulsa World

  • “Literate and entertaining…Will becomes an appealingly human figure, anxious about the future yet filled with a refreshing optimism. Shakespeare fans will delight in this witty caper.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jay’s animated, personable, fully differentiated reading is a treat.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natasha | 3/17/2009

    " I found this book a little difficult to get into, but once I managed to get through the first 30 pages, I found it to be a rather interesting story of Shakespeare's supposed love for his dark mistress. "

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About the Author
Author Leonard Tourney

Leonard Tourney came to BYU in 2006 after teaching at Western Illinois University, the University of Tulsa, and the University of California at Santa Barbara. A specialist in composition pedagogy and creative writing, Professor Tourney has authored scholarly articles in seventeenth century British literature, a critical biography of Joseph Hall, short fiction, and nine historical novels, the most recent a fictional memoir of William Shakespeare. He lives in Goleta, California.

About the Narrator

Tony Jay Born in London, England.Now an American citizen, residing in the U.S. since 1987.Married with one 16 year-old boy.Veteran of stage, television, film and radio.Former Royal Shakespeare Company actor.Appeared in that company’s production of “Nicholas Nickelby”, at Stratford-upon-Avon, Los Angeles and Broadway in 1986.(Nominated NY Drama Desk Award).Films include: “Twins”  with Arnold Schwartzenegger and Danny de Vito, “Love and Death” with Woody Allen, “My Stepmother Is An Alien” with Kim Basinger and Dan Aykroyd.Television credits include:  “Golden Girls”, “Murphy Brown”, “Newhart”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Lois & Clark”, “Picket Fences” (Nominated Emmy Award).Recognized internationally for his voice work in Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (Judge Frollo), “Jungle Book 2” (Shere Kahn), The Magic Mirror in the DVD presentation of “Snow White”.  Plus innumerable commercials radio and TV, narrations for the History Channle and A & E., countless animated series, such as “Mighty Max” , “Tale Spin”, “Rugrats”, “Invasion America”.His voice is also heard in Disney Theme Parks around the world.He has also released a CD entitled “ Tony Jay….Speaking of Broadway”, in which he recites the great lyrics from the golden era of the Broadway musical.