Murder at Macbeth

WHOSE DEADLY SECRET HAS TAKEN CENTRE STAGE?

When a talented, young actress unwittingly stabs herself live onstage after a prop knife is tampered with, suspicion immediately falls on her eclectic band of cast mates.

But who had the motive to kill the show’s leading lady?

As the insightful, yet disillusioned, Detective Inspector Finley Robson and his shrewd partner, Detective Sergeant Nadia Zahra, interrogate the seven key suspects, secrets unfold to unveil a web of scandal, blackmail, and deceit.

Bitter rivalries, secret trysts and troubled pasts are just the beginning of the story…

Set against the backdrop of a gritty London theatre production of Macbeth, this compelling novel explores a dark world of mystery and intrigue. All is not as it seems…

A hugely gripping police procedural full of unpredictable twists and suspense, Murder at Macbeth will captivate you from the very first page and keep you guessing right until the end.

Macbeth is probably the Shakespeare play that I know the best, thanks to GCSE English. Having saw this book on Instagram, I was suitably intrigued to part with a couple of pounds to purchase the Kindle version. Billed as a police procedural from a new author, it certainly caught my eye, combining the two things I quite like to read.

The book starts with the opening night of a new version of Macbeth. You sense the small cast are already at each others throats before you start. However the play seems to be going well, despite the role of Lady Macbeth being suddenly given to the bright and dazzling Nikki. The director, who has a reputation for experimental theatre, has put on the play with a very small cast. The cursed Scottish play as it known, certainly was fated in this instance.

On the first night, Nikki, Lady Macbeth, kills herself with a knife, that was supposed to retract. Enter the detective pair of Robson and Zahra and the fun starts with seven people all suspects in her death. Who changed the knife? Who hated Nikki enough for them to contemplate murder? That’s for moody Robson and brilliant Zahra to solve.

This book took me by surprise in a way. I expected, I guess, a gritty police tale. The story though was very Agatha Christie in style. The suspects drawn from a small list with no outside influence that appears at the end to surprise us. In that way this book is a real gem. The storyline is unravelled, like a twisted ball of string, through the interviews of the suspects. There’s more to the jealousy and hatred in this cast than a whole portfolio of Shakespeare plays. At times you wonder if this is the norm, and if so how do plays ever get put on. There’s tragedy on the way, and another crime is committed that made me want to castrate a member of the cast.

It’s a really easy book to read. Those who love crime books will devour this with passion. It ticks every box in the genre, whilst adding an extra level at times. The detective pair are really just bedding in to their roles by the end of the story, but there’s sufficient chemistry between them to really look forward to the next book. Their story has yet to be told.

So I’d award this book a 92%. It was a brilliant read that deserves to be read. At the moment it’s available on Kindle Unlimited (click here for an offer).

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