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The Malevolent Comedy

(2005)
(Book 15 in the Nicholas Bracewell series)
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The theaters of Elizabethan England can be a very dangerous environment. With dozens of troupes competing for the attentions of a fickle theater-going public, rival companies regularly resort to nefarious activities to thwart a competitor's success, tensions occasionally erupt into violence and, in some instances, the result is murder.

So it is no surprise that Westfield's Men, the most successful troupe in London and a prime target for jealousy and resentment, are plagued by a series of practical jokes. But when one of their actors is murdered, the humor turns distinctly sour. Appalling events continue: Lawrence Firethorn, actor-manager, is stalked by a mysterious lady; the sole copy of The Malevolent Comedy, the company's new play, is stolen; their leading apprentice is abducted; and there is an attempt on the life of Lord Westfield, their patron.

It's soon clear that someone more vicious than a practical jokester is trying to destroy the troupe. Nicholas Bracewell, the resourceful book holder, has an almighty struggle to save his beloved company from certain demise. Of course thwarting disaster is Nick's specialty, and Edward Marston's longtime readers will thoroughly enjoy this suspense-filled, raucous romp filled with the delightful backstage antics of mystery fiction's favorite ensemble cast.

Genre: Historical Mystery
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Hardback Editions

October 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Malevolent Comedy: An Elizabethan Theater Mystery
Author(s): Edward Marston
ISBN: 0-7862-7992-3 / 978-0-7862-7992-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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July 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Malevolent Comedy: An Elizabethan Theater Mystery Featuring Nicholas Bracewell
Author(s): Edward Marston
ISBN: 0-312-34283-7 / 978-0-312-34283-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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January 2005 : UK Hardback

Title: The Malevolent Comedy
Author(s): Edward Marston
ISBN: 1-4056-3559-2 / 978-1-4056-3559-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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January 2005 : UK Hardback

Title: The Malevolent Comedy
Author(s): Edward Marston
ISBN: 1-4056-3560-6 / 978-1-4056-3560-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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Paperback Editions

August 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Malevolent Comedy, The (Nicholas Bracewell Mysteries)
Author(s): Edward Marston
ISBN: 0-7490-1819-4 / 978-0-7490-1819-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY
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October 2014 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Malevolent Comedy: An Elizabethan Mystery
Author(s): Edward Marston
ISBN: 1-4596-8746-9 / 978-1-4596-8746-2 (Canada edition)
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com Ltd
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Audio Editions

December 2017 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Malevolent Comedy
Author(s): Edward Marston
ISBN: 1-4079-6698-7 / 978-1-4079-6698-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
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December 2017 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Malevolent Comedy
Author(s): Edward Marston
ISBN: 1-4079-6699-5 / 978-1-4079-6699-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
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December 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Malevolent Comedy
Author(s): Edward Marston
Publisher: Soundings
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December 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Malevolent Comedy
Author(s): Edward Marston
Publisher: Soundings
Availability: Amazon CA   


December 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Malevolent Comedy
Author(s): Edward Marston
Publisher: Soundings
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

March 2014 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Malevolent Comedy (Nicholas Bracewell Book 15)
Author(s): Edward Marston
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU