For those with even a passing interest in Shakespeare/Elizabethan times this is a great read. The main character is based on the premise of being William Shakespeare's brother (the baird does make an appearance in the novel) as an investigator. The story is one of intrigue and is full of information about the time. It essentially follows the hunt for a murderer that entwines other true story lines. Due to the time it is set in, investigations take longer (one has to ride a horse to get from A to B rather than jump in a car!) so the story slowly unwinds. My only criticism is that the author leaves a few threads in the story untied at the end, but then again doesn't that happen in real life?!