Bard’s Anniversary

William Shakespeare 1564-1616

This year, 2016, marks 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, the “Bard of Avon” and the greatest writer in the English language. His plays and sonnets still resonate with theater-goers and readers today, with juicy language, unforgettable characters, drama, and pathos.

All writers owe him a debt of gratitude for the path he laid out for us, but some of us have used Shakespearean themes as clues and backgrounds in our novels. Here then are several to check out for the 400th Anniversary.


MACDEATH by Cindy Brown.“A gut-splitting mystery…a hilarious riff on the Scottish play”  –Mystery Magazine.

When actress Ivy Meadows scores her first big break as an acrobatic witch in a circus-themed production of Macbeth, she forgets all about the famous curse–until one of the cast dies on opening night.


NINE DAYS TO EVIL by Nancy G. West. A newlywed graduate student studies Shakespeare and abnormal psychology. Her husband’s desperate call, a stalker and an attack make her afraid to trust anyone.

Emboldened by studying Othello, she resolves to find the truth, knowing one misstep can push her into the clutches of people who want her dead.



Touring Britain, Mercedes Maxwell is forced into a race  with evil when she discovers a book that promises Spanish treasure, the secrets of the world’s greatest writer,  and death if she doesn’t stay a step ahead of those who want to take it from her.




PLAN X by Lise McClendon – For Officer Cody Byrne the explosion that injures the Shakespeare professor is more than suspicious. So begins the unraveling of a man’s secrets and birthright, as Cody  tries to decode his shadowed past from the Renaissance documents he left behind.

“A quick and thoughtful thriller that takes Officer Cody Byrne around the globe in a series of murderous twists that include shocking personal discovery, Shakespearean drama and royal connections that she never could have seen coming.” – Indie Reader

Read more about PLAN X here

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