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The Vagabond Clown

(2003)
(Book 13 in the Nicholas Bracewell series)
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When unexpected disaster strikes Lord Westfield's Men during a packed performance, Nicholas Bracewell, the theater company's stage manager and all-around performer of miracles, must save the day once again. A melee caused by men in disguise is brought under control, but before the troupe can lament their destroyed set, Nick discovers a body in the stands with a knife sticking out of its back. They soon realize they are out one theater and one clown: Barnaby Gill, always hilarious on the stage and hopelessly curmudgeonly off, has broken his leg.

With long months of repairs before them, Westfield's Men embark on a tour of the Kent countryside in order to salvage some of the downtime. They hire a stand-in for Gill, one Gideon Mussett, a gifted comedian and an even more gifted drunk. But it seems no clown is perfect, for while Gill has never been a barrel of laughs when not in front of an audience, Musset simply doesn't seem to know when to quit being funny.

Their major wound bandaged, albeit temporarily, Nick and the troupe are hoping to leave their troubles behind. But misfortune follows them at every turn, and the company finds that no matter what they do or where they go, someone very sinister is just moments behind. It's up to Nick Bracewell to find out what's going on, and exactly how it ties in to their wayward comedian. Will the Vagabond Clown prophesy the end of Westfield's Men, and perhaps the demise of Nick himself?

Genre: Historical Mystery
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Hardback Editions

August 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Vagabond Clown: An Elizabethan Theater Mystery Featuring Nicholas Bracewell
Author(s): Edward Marston
ISBN: 0-312-30789-6 / 978-0-312-30789-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Paperback Editions

May 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Vagabond Clown, The (Nicholas Bracewell Mysteries)
Author(s): Edward Marston
ISBN: 0-7490-1841-0 / 978-0-7490-1841-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY
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October 2014 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Vagabond Clown: An Elizabethan Mystery
Author(s): Edward Marston
ISBN: 1-4596-8756-6 / 978-1-4596-8756-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com Ltd
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Audio Editions

March 2017 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Vagabond Clown
Author(s): Edward Marston
ISBN: 1-4079-6306-6 / 978-1-4079-6306-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
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March 2017 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Vagabond Clown (Nicholas Bracewell)
Author(s): Edward Marston
ISBN: 1-4079-6305-8 / 978-1-4079-6305-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Audio Books
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March 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Vagabond Clown
Author(s): Edward Marston
Publisher: Soundings
Availability: Amazon   


March 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Vagabond Clown
Author(s): Edward Marston
Publisher: Soundings
Availability: Amazon CA   


March 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Vagabond Clown
Author(s): Edward Marston
Publisher: Soundings
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

March 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Vagabond Clown (Nicholas Bracewell Book 13)
Author(s): Edward Marston
Publisher: Allison & Busby
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