THE VAGABOND CLOWN by EDWARD MARSTON
When unexpected disaster strikes Lord Westfield's Men
during a packed performance, Nicholas Bracewell, the
theater company's stage manager and all around performer of
miracles, must save the day once again. A melee caused by
disguised men is brought under control, but before the
troupe can lament their destroyed set Nick discovers a body
in the stands with a knife sticking out of it's back. They
soon realize they are out one theater and one clown:
Barnaby Gill, always hilarious on the stage and hopelessly
curmudgeonly off, has broken his leg.
With long months of repairs before them, Westfield's Men
embark on a tour of the Kent countryside in order to
salvage some of the down time. They hire a stand-in for
Gill, one Gideon Mussett, a gifted comedian and an even
more gifted drunk. It seems no clown is perfect; while Gill
has never been a barrel of laughs when not in front of an
audience, Musset simply doesn't seem to know when to quit
Their major wound bandaged, no matter how temporarily, Nick
and the troupe are hoping to leave their troubles behind.
But misfortune follows them at every turn, and the company
finds that no matter what they do or where they go someone
very sinister is just moments behind. It's up to Nick
Bracewell to find out what's going on, and exactly how it
ties in to their wayward comedian. Will the Vagabond Clown
prophecy the end of Westfield's Men, and perhaps the demise
of Nick himself? Longtime readers of mystery master Edward
Marston will line up to find out in this suspenseful entry
in a series that never disappoints.
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