Interred with Their Bones is armchair adventure for bibliophiles. Jennifer Lee Carrell’s fast-paced novel features a wealth of literary lore and landmarks associated with William Shakespeare. The story follows Kate Stanley, a Harvard scholar turned stage director, across two continents to uncover a lost play written by the Bard. On her trail is a killer enacting murders in the manner of the playwright’s fictional villains.
The action begins in London’s Globe Theatre, a replica of the Elizabethan-era venue where Shakespeare most famously staged his plays (the original theater was destroyed in a fire in 1613). Another memorable scene takes place in Westminster Abbey’s Poets’ Corner, which along with the graves of many of England’s literary luminaries houses a memorial to Shakespeare.
Kate’s whirlwind search for answers also takes her to Holy Trinity Church, the Bard’s final resting place, in Stratford-upon-Avon. Stateside her stops include the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., and Cedar City, Utah, home to the Utah Shakespearean Festival. She even purchases a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From London to the U.S. capital, Spain to the American Southwest, Interred with Their Bones is an exhilarating read made all the more entertaining for its use of literary locales.
Thanks to McKenna and David at Murder By The Book in Houston, Texas, for recommending Interred with Their Bones!