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By Jennifer Lee Carrell

The sleek heroine of the nationwide bestseller Interred with Their Bones returns, in a mystery centering on Shakespeare's eeriest play.

A mythical theatrical curse . . . A rune-engraved blade, a mysterious reflect, and an old cauldron . . . And a ritually murdered physique specified by the way of historic pagan burials.

Kate Stanley, Jennifer Lee Carrell's dauntless Shakespearean scholarturned- director, made a memorable-and New York Times bestselling- debut in Interred with Their Bones. Having chased down her mentor's killer (and improving certainly one of Shakespeare's misplaced performs within the process), Kate's reputation as a director with an services in "occult Shakespeare" catapults her-and Ben Pearl, her accomplice in crime-solving-into a brand new creation of Macbeth, showcasing a fabled number of gadgets pertaining to either to the play and the historic Scottish king for whom it truly is named.

The Bard's witch-haunted play is famously cursed, its acceptance for malevolence so robust that many actors refuse to cite or perhaps identify the play aloud. And as rehearsals start on the foot of Scotland's Dunsinnan Hill, it does not take lengthy for the curse to stir. unusual references to the boy actor who first performed girl Macbeth in Shakespeare's day-and died within the role-pop up. A trench atop Dunsinnan Hill is located choked with blood, and a severed human thumb turns up one of the props. And Kate starts sleepwalking, waking early one morning by myself atop the hill, her palms smeared with blood.

Kate has no reminiscence of ways she received there, yet later that day an area lady is located useless at the hill in conditions that recommend not only ritual homicide yet old pagan sacrifice. With the police extra desirous about Kate as a suspect than as a potential destiny sufferer, she and Ben locate themselves in a determined race to find a misplaced model of Macbeth, stated to comprise rituals of witchcraft aimed toward conjuring demonic forces to realize forbidden wisdom. despite the fact that a lot Kate want to brush off such rituals as superstition, another individual seems prepared to kill for them-and for the manuscript stated to spell them out.

Marked for sacrifice, can Kate Stanley discover the killer earlier than she turns into the following victim?

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