The Roaring Boy: An Elizabethan Theater Mystery Featuring Nicholas Bracewell
Westfield's Men are one of the leading Elizabethan theater companies, and their reputation rests on high tragedy and romantic comedy. A mysterious ... Show synopsis Westfield's Men are one of the leading Elizabethan theater companies, and their reputation rests on high tragedy and romantic comedy. A mysterious stranger named Simon Chaloner appears at the Queen's Head during a celebration after their latest performance. He follows Bracewell and playwright Edmund Hoode home and presses upon them a manuscript called The Roaring Boy, refusing to reveal the true author of the work. The play is based on events surrounding the savage murder of a hapless mathematician, and Hoode sets about rewriting it for the stage. When they stage the new play, the performance draws a crowd and causes a riot. The playwright is imprisoned for seditious libel, and the whole future of Westfield's Men is in jeopardy. To save his beloved company, Nicholas Bracewell has to solve the murder on which the play is based. A second killing complicates and endangers his task and the assistance of his fellow members proves to be no more than a mixed blessing.