By Simon Hawke

ISBN-10: 0812564545

ISBN-13: 9780812564549

Tourists, Will Shakespeare-a fledgling dramatist, and Symington Smythe, an ostler and aspiring thespian, meet at a roadside hotel and judge to solid their lot jointly for status and fortune within the cutthroat international of the London theater in Elizabethan England . . . yet neither used to be ready for his or her offstage stumble upon with A secret of error. while a backer's daughter is double-crossed through a would-be suitor, the reluctant bride turns to the ostler and the playwright for support. Little does somebody notice that those easy affairs of the guts and an prepared marriage will bring about an unlimited net of conspiracy, unsuitable id, and homicide that unearths the playwright distinctive for assassination and the ostler hopelessly in love. yet such issues are regimen in A secret of error, the place Shakespeare in Love meets the Brother Cadfael mysteries of Ellis Peters.

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I mean it's not that old thing again, is it, when people asked why men climbed Mount Everest and they said, “Because it's there”? I never understood. ' Five minutes, he thought. Time ticking . . his wrist-watch . . a wheel in a wheel . . little wheel run by . . big wheel run by . . way in the middle of . . four minutes! the men snug in the rocket by now, the hive, the control board lit like Christmas morning. . His lips moved. 'All I know is it's really the end of the beginning. The Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age; from now on we'll lump all those together under one big name for when we walked on Earth and heard the birds at morning and cried with envy.

It was white as the whitest vanilla ice-cream, as the bottled milk in tenement halls at dawn. White as a winter cloud all alone in the moonlit sky late at night. Seeing it here in the warm summer night room made their breath almost show on the air. Shutting his eyes, he could see it printed on his lids. He knew what colour his dreams would be this night. 'White . . ' murmured Villanazul. ' 'Say that again,' said Gomez. Villanazul, proud yet humble, was glad to repeat his tribute. ' . . ' Shocked, the men whirled to see Vamenos in the door, wine bottles in each hand.

Manulo, Dominguez, Villanazul, Gomez, and at last, Martinez stepped on to the scales which flipped ink-stamped cards at them as Vamenos, still smiling, wildly fed pennies. Heart pounding, Martinez read the cards. 'One hundred thirty-five pounds . . one thirty-six . . one thirty-three . . one thirty-four . . one thirty-seven . . ' They all smiled upon that genius who now circled them with his arms. ' he wondered. 'All the same size, all the same dream — the suit. ' 'I haven't looked beautiful in years,' said Martinez.

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