It s 1602 and William Shakespeare is at the height of his popularity. South of the River Thames in the borough of Southwark, the Globe playhouse dominates the skyline. The Chamberlain s Men, led by Richard Burbage, function there. Shakespeare is their in-house playwright. Burbage s acting prowess combined with Shakespeare s literary talent make the Globe the most successful theatre of its time. Other playhouses fall into ruin. Suddenly, in early August, someone begins targeting the players one by one. As the body count piles up and witnesses vanish, The Lord Chamberlain requisitions the services of Georey Drake, a knight with proven detective skills, to unravel the mystery. Drake goes undercover as Shakespeare s distant cousin Georey Dupont and quickly draws up a list of suspects that includes among others Shakespeare s younger brother Edmund, who resents the Bard for denying him a career on stage; players present at the scenes of the murders; and Shakespeare s erstwhile mentor Phil Henslowe of The Admiral s Men. Besides this, Drake must also unmask the man behind the attempt on Shakespeare s life at the Lord Chamberlain s ball. Could it be the Bard s mistress Marie Blackburn s husband? Had the same contract killer been knocking o the Chamberlain s Men? Or is the murderer one of the players? Will Sir Georey Drake succeed in saving the greatest literary genius of the London Stage?
Born in New Delhi in 1970, Sharon Shefali Gupta graduated with English Honours from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi in 1990 and then acquired a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Delhi University. She joined the Civil Services in 1994 and is currently posted in a field office under the Ministry of Communications in Chandigarh. She is married and has a teenage son. Sharon began writing stories in her childhood and she was Student Editor of her College magazine. She also contributed articles and short stories for newspapers and magazines. Her short thriller Jaipur Estate is currently available as a free download on freeditorial.com. Her blog sharonwriter.blogspot.com showcases her writing. Sharon’s Elizabethan thriller The Shakespeare Murders is soon to be released by Tara Books.