Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The School of Night by Colin Falconer (book tour)

“My name is William Shakespeare. No, not that Shakespeare; and no jests please, I’ve heard them all. I’m the other one, the ne’er do well cousin, the loafer, known to family and friends as the dunce, the one who could not recite Cicero or Horace, who could never be as good as his clever cuz, the one who has just come to Bishopsgate from Stratford with silly dreams in his head and a longing to make something more of himself than just a glover’s handyman.”
What he finds in London is Lady Elizabeth Talbot, who is willing to pass a few shillings to this blundering brawler if he will help her find her husband. Poor William does not realize the trail will lead to the truth behind the death of Shakespeare’s great rival, Christopher Marlowe – or to a lifelong love affair with a woman far above his station.

Each book tells the story of William’s adventures as England’s first gumshoe, set against turbulent Elizabethan politics; of his romantic pursuit of the impossible Elizabeth Talbot; while charting the career of his up and coming dramatist cousin, the bard of Stratford, but just Will to his family.

Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Cool Gus Publishing
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Pages: 168 

Series: The William Shakespeare Detective Agency

Genre: Historical Mystery
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"As I made my way through the darkening streets, I reflected that I had made a great mistake in coming to this Gomorrah of a city.  It had seemed such a grand adventure when I first thought of it.  Now, I felt as if I had volunteered for the infantry in Hell."
  I've read a couple books by Colin Falconer, Isabella and East India both of which I really enjoyed, they had the historical element I love and were from time periods and locations unfamiliar to me.  When invited to be part of this tour I hestiated somewhat and my reasoning is going to sound strange but basically because of the size of the book.  My experience with anything under 200 pages is that they tend to lack the depth that I enjoy, not just in the plot but the development of the players, it's hard to get to really know them in those few pages.  However because I had experience with the author I signed up.

Before Christmas I downloaded this little gem, read the first few pages and then literally inhaled this book.  In those few pages the author was able to develop Will's character and I got to know and like him quite well.  This was a fun entertaining read, Will was a hoot, I laughed, applauded his gallantry and drive and shook my head at his antics.  The plot played out at nice pace throughout this book. I wasn't really a big fan of Elizabeth Talbot, can't explain exactly why but she just rubbed me the wrong way.

I am not sure how long the series will be, book 2 The Dark Lady has already been released (and loaded on my kindle).

Born in London, Colin first trialed as a professional football player in England, and was eventually brought to Australia. He went to Sydney and worked in TV and radio and freelanced for many of Australia’s leading newspapers and magazines. He has published over twenty novels and his work has so far been translated into 23 languages.

He travels regularly to research his novels and his quest for authenticity has led him to run with the bulls in Pamplona, pursue tornadoes across Oklahoma and black witches across Mexico, go cage shark diving in South Africa and get tear gassed in a riot in La Paz.
He currently lives in Barcelona.

For more information please visit Colin Falconer’s website. You can also find him on Facebook or follow on Twitter.

The School of Night Blog Tour Schedule

Saturday, January 10
Spotlight at Historical Readings and Views
Monday, January 12
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Tuesday, January 13
Spotlight at Layered Pages
Thursday, January 15
Interview at Teddy Rose Book Reviews
Friday, January 16
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews
Monday, January 19
Spotlight at Susan Heim on Writing
Tuesday, January 20
Review at Book Nerd
Thursday, January 22
Review at Just One More Chapter
Friday, January 23
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation
Saturday, January 24
Spotlight at Historical Fiction Obsession
Sunday, January 25
Review at Beth’s Book Nook Blog
Monday, January 26
Review at Boom Baby Reviews
Wednesday, January 28
Review at Carpe Librum
Thursday, January 29
Interview at Mina’s Bookshelf
Interview at Books and Benches
Spotlight at The Never-Ending Book
Friday, January 30
Review at Brooke Blogs
Friday, February 6
Spotlight at Passages to the Past

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