Books by Simon Hawke

THE MERCHANT OF VENGEANCE by Simon Hawke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Hawke's afterword tries to put Shakespeare's anti-Semitism in perspective by liberally quoting Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare. Strewth, he's persuasive, but readers may still yearn for the roistering high spirits of his earlier Will and Tuck engagements."
Unlike Kit Marlowe, who never knew a Jew, Will Shakespeare is convinced that if he could only meet one he would write a better play than The Jew of Malta. Read full book review >
MUCH ADO ABOUT MURDER by Simon Hawke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"An amiable glimpse of Elizabethan skullduggery, if not quite as breezy as its predecessors (The Slaying of the Shrew, 2001, etc.)."
With the plague shutting down all the theaters in London, stage manager and would-be playwright Will Shakespeare and his pal Tuck Smythe, the worst actor but the best stagehand in the Queen's Men, must scrounge for other income. Read full book review >
THE SLAYING OF THE SHREW by Simon Hawke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Hawke (A Mystery of Errors, 2000, etc.) dearly loves tweaking Shakespeare's hallmarks—the mistaken identity, the death pacts, the love triangles and quadrangles—and his insouciance is catching."
Dick Burbage's acting troupe, The Queen's Men, which includes Will Shakespeare as assistant stage manager and his best buddy Tuck Smythe as ostler and general dogsbody, is leaving London to perform at the lavish estate of Master Godfrey Middleton during his daughter Catherine's nuptials. Read full book review >
A MYSTERY OF ERRORS by Simon Hawke
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Warring theater companies, familial chicanery, villains by the yard, and Will and Tuck as bumbling heroes—it all provides a good-natured romp for audiences who wish they'd made a sequel to Shakespeare in Love."
What if, during the mysterious "Lost Years" of Shakespeare (1586-1592), Will met up with one Symington "Tuck" Smythe, also on the road to London to make his fortune, and the two, between draughts, were set upon by Black Billy the Highwayman? Read full book review >