Books by Judith Cook

KEEPER’S GOLD by Judith Cook
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"A couple of nice twists can't save Latymer's third case from tedium—or from some unbelievable behavior on the part of conspirators, police and ex-police alike."
Weird doings, though not enough of them, around an ancient Cornish burial ground. Read full book review >
WORM IN THE BUD by Judith Cook
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Cook plots decently enough (Dead Ringer, p. 884, etc.), though her pastured protagonist could use some fire in his belly."
Two murders, separated by half a century but ghastly in exactly the same way, preoccupy an ex-police inspector insufficiently occupied. Read full book review >
DEAD RINGER by Judith Cook
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Competent, if never exactly surprising, British intrigue from Cook (The Slicing Edge of Death, 1993, etc.)."
Cook's latest procedural turns on a deep, dark environmental cover-up. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

Another look at the tantalizingly unsolved murder of Christopher Marlowe, focusing on the motives provided by the playwright's membership in Sir Francis Walsingham's Cambridge Spies and Sir Walter Raleigh's School of the Night, a coven of dangerously freethinking young bucks. First-novelist Cook, a playwright and historian, posits so many possible reasons for Marlowe's death—his open homosexuality, his well-documented blasphemy, his inconvenient knowledge of state gossip—and so many spies trying to get the goods on him—from unofficial Privy Council Secretary Robert Cecil to crafty agent Robert Poley to two henchmen planted in Marlowe's acting company, the Lord Admiral's Men, who end up spying on each other—that it probably won't matter much to anybody but other historians which of these creatures ends up wielding the fatal dagger; and innocent playwright Thomas Kyd, arrested and tortured in the hope that he'll give evidence against his old roommate, rather steals the show from his more distinguished contemporary. Patient and thorough in sifting the evidence, though not in the same league as George Garrett's deeply imagined, darkly majestic Entered from the Sun (1990). Read full book review >