Spotlight: The Opening Night Murder by Anne Rutherford (Giveaway!)

The Opening Night Murder (A Restoration Mystery)
First in New Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (December 31, 2012)
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Trade Paperback 320 pages
ISBN-13 – 978-0425255865
E-Book File Size: 535 KB
ASIN: B0095ZM94G


At the dawn of the Restoration Period, Suzanne Thornton hopes to find a second life in the theater. But instead, on opening night, she finds a dead body on stage…

The triumphant return of King Charles II in 1660 is occasion for much celebration in London. The Merry Monarch’s unquenchable thirst for entertainment creates opportunities for everyone from tavern keepers to brothel owners to actors.

One of these is Suzanne Thornton. No longer a kept woman since her man has fled, she sees an opportunity to reopen a theater and stage the classics—Shakespeare, Marlowe, and the like. And now, thanks to Royal decree, Juliet can be played by a woman. Suzanne secures financing from an old lover, assembles a troupe, and restores the venue—none other than the historic Globe Theater.

Tragically, during the opening night performance, a dead body lands on the stage.

After the curtain comes down, Suzanne finds herself a suspect. But she also finds that murder is good for business—the next night’s performance is sold out. Wishing to live to enjoy her success, Suzanne undertakes her own investigation to find a killer who may try to close her down for good…

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14 thoughts on “Spotlight: The Opening Night Murder by Anne Rutherford (Giveaway!)

  1. This sounds like a great read. How fun that The Globe Theatre is a part of the setting.

  2. Thank you for the wonderful Spotlight and giveaway, Lori! Oh, this sounds like a wonderful new mystery series and I can’t wait to read this one and the next one, The Scottish Play Murder ~ Love the covers and the time period ~ Happy Reading and Writing~ Cheers~ Elizabeth MacGregor

  3. I enjoy hisotrical mysteries – looking forward to adding this to my TBR pile.

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