Thursday, April 23, 2009

Shakespearean Mysteries

Happy Birthday, Will! There are so many Shakespearean themed mysteries that I thought today would be an apt day to make a list! This is not a complete list in any way. The first group of mysteries focuses on the Bard Himself. Then I've listed short story collections, and the third group contains mysteries in which Shakespearean plays are being performed or plays come to light or otherwise Shakespeare related. The Mystery Readers Journal has had an issue focusing on Theatrical mysteries and there were several other mysteries mentioned there. It's out of print and not on computer, so I'll need to find a copy to ferret out other titles. In 2010 we will have another issue that focuses on Theatre.

Gooden, Philip. Mask of Night, Aims for Oblivion, An Honorable Murder, Sleep of Death
Hawke, Simon. The Slaying of the Shrew, The Merchant of Vengeance, Much Ado about Murder, A Mystery of Errors
Hodgson, Ken. The Man who Killed Shakespeare
Kellerman, Faye. The Quality of Mercy
Peterson, Audrey. Murder in Stratford: As Told by Anne Hathaway Shakespeare
Tourney, Leonard. Time’s Fool: A Mystery of Shakespeare

SS: Shakespearean Whodunnits by William Shakespeare, edited by Mike Ashley
SS: Shakespearean Detectives: Murder and Mysteries Based on Shakepeare’s Life and Plays edited by Mike Ashley
SS Much Ado About Murder edited by Anne Perry

Carrell, Jennifer Lee. The Shakespeare Secret, Interred with Their Bones.
Collard, Teresa. Murder at the Royal Shakespeare
Day, Barry. Sherlock Holmes and the Shakespeare Globe Murder
Goodman, Carol. The Sonnet Lover
Marsh, Ngaio. Various titles. (sorry to be so vague...but she's such a wonderful Golden Age writer, one should read them all, even if they're not all about Shakespeare or his plays).
Millner, Cork. To Be or Not to Be Shakespeare
Paulits, John. The Shakespeare Murders
Rubenfeld, Jed. The Interpretation of Murder


Andi Shechter said...

I was, I admit, expecting CHASING SHAKESPEARE by Sarah Smith on the list. I know, as you say, it's not complete, but it's the first one that comes to my mind when you say "Shakespeare."

Sue T. said...

And how about Sicken and So Die and What Bloody Man Is That by Simon Brett?

Anonymous said...

A favorite of mine is DRURY LANE'S LAST CASE by Ellery Queen that contains the key element of a lost Shakespeare play LOVE'S LABOURS WON.

Janet Rudolph said...

Thanks for these great additions. I know there are more out there. Feel free to add.

Carola Dunn said...

There's Alan Gordon's Fools' Guild series, some of which are
connected with Shakespeare's plays. The first in the series is Thirteenth
Night, and An Antic Disposition retells Hamlet.

Tanya said...

Hmmm, that was interesting. Looks like somethings will always remain mystery.

I myself has been trying to solve the mystery of the legend that forces you to have "earn it before

having it", for a wile now. Could not understand much though.

Let me know in case you get to understand the mystery of the Old Hound and the Legend

By the way, good writing style. I'd love to read more on similar topics