The crime's the thing.
William Shakespeare is perhaps the most famous and prolific
playwright of all time. Millions have read and seen his
works, but few know the man behind the works. For all his
fortune and fame, little did he know that the greatest
drama of his life would not be performed on stage....
Welcome to Shakespeare's London, a world where the stage
captures the hearts of every citizen, where darkness hides
dangerous and vengeful creatures. It is in the darkness
that Shakespeare finds himself the victim of treachery most
When Shakespeare is contacted by his dark mistress, the
former love of his life, he is excited to see her again
after so long a separation. Much to his horror, he finds
that the years have not been kind; she is now disease-
ridden and near death...and she intends to blackmail him,
threatening to expose their affair to the world unless he
pays her considerable doctor's bills. A sudden fire cuts
their meeting short and takes her life.
Torn between grief and anger, Shakespeare learns that the
fire was no accident, and that he is being stalked by a
person obsessed with bringing his life to ruin. Hope soon
comes in the form of a small boy, a would-be actor who
happened to witness the arsonist. As quickly as hope
appears, it is snuffed out when the boy is violently
murdered. Worse yet, Shakespeare is the primary suspect.
Out on bail, Shakespeare finds himself in a desperate race
to uncover the truth behind the murder. 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.
Rich in suspense, period detail, and intrigue, Time's Fool
is Leonard Tourney's compelling journey through
Shakespeare's world, a world you won't soon forget.