Stratford-upon-Avon, 2006: During a performance of Macbeth in the Swan Theatre, the prominent Shakespeare scholar Adrian Thompson dies. At first it seems a natural death – Thompson was an old man in poor health who had already suffered a stroke. But there are indications that point to murder: His hotel room was ransacked on the same evening, and the lecture he was about to give, which would have offered proof that Shakespeare and not Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, was the true author of the plays, casts suspicion on proponents of the Oxford thesis.

Police superintendent Ian Stokes now has the exact case that he never wanted – a case that throws him right back into the academic environment from which he escaped in his youth. Begrudgingly, he asks his mother, a professor at Oxford University, to help him uncover Thompson’s secret. Their parallel investigations, criminal and academic, lead them both, independently of one another, to the same culprit.

Hexeneinmaleins is a literary mystery that interweaves the Shakespeare/Oxford controversy with a contemporary murder mystery in a double whodunnit.

Ashley Curtis
Ein Shakespeare-Krimi

CHF 13.00CHF 24.90

Kommode Verlag
Publishing date May 2019
448 pages, 14×21 CM
ISBN 978-3-9524626-5-2
EUR 22.00