Books by Philip Gooden

THE ELY TESTAMENT by Philip Gooden
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2012

"Interesting information on Victorian funerary customs doesn't quite make up for a meandering mystery."
A search for a last will and testament takes a sinister turn. Read full book review >
THE DURHAM DECEPTION by Philip Gooden
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2011

"Interesting depictions of magic shows and seances consistently upstage generic characters with weak motives."
The Victorian fascination with spiritualism leads to murder in this second adventure for a newlywed couple (The Salisbury Manuscript, 2008). Read full book review >
AN HONORABLE MURDER by Philip Gooden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"An enjoyably twisty ending, but Nick's love life verges on the lugubrious."
Actor Nick Revill (Mask of Night, 2004, etc.), member of the King's Men, the leading acting company in 1604 London, lands a not-very-challenging role in Ben Jonson's Masque of Peace: the part of Ignorance. Read full book review >
MASK OF NIGHT by Philip Gooden
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2004

"Lots of interesting detail about playing and plague, but the lunatic serial killer subplot doesn't quite mesh with the more rational history."
Nick Revill (Alms for Oblivion, 2003, etc.), watching as the plague ravages London, discovers that the fear and ignorance surrounding King Pest may be as deadly as the disease itself. Read full book review >
ALMS FOR OBLIVION by Philip Gooden
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 2003

"Like Troilus and Cressida, Nick can't decide whether to be cynical or melancholy and ends up sounding, as Dick Burbage tells him, merely "liverish"—or, as we might say, peevish."
Will Shakespeare may be the future star of the Chamberlain's Company, but it's journeyman actor Nick Revill (The Pale Companion, 2002, etc.) who's set to portray the hero in a performance of Will's new play, Troilus and Cressida, for the law students at the Inns of Court. Read full book review >
THE PALE COMPANION by Philip Gooden
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2002

"As in previous adventures (The Death of Kings, not reviewed, etc.), a pretentious stream of allusions, puns, and literary sallies provides endless in-jokes for the enlightened while muffling Nick's otherwise pleasant chatter for everybody else."
In the summer of 1601, Nick Revill leaves his beloved London for the country, where his acting company will perform A Midsummer Night's Dream at Instede House as part of the nuptial festivities for Lord Elcombe's son. Read full book review >