TITLE: The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean
AUTHOR: Tara Lain
SERIES: The Middlemark Mysteries
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Kanaxa
LENGTH: 204 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 31, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback
Dr. Llewellyn Lewis leads a double life, as both an awkward but distinguished history professor and the more flamboyant Ramon Rondell, infamous writer of sensational historical theories. It’s Ramon who first sets eyes on a gorgeous young man dancing in a club, but Llewellyn who meets teaching assistant Blaise Arthur formally at an event held for wealthy socialite Anne de Vere, descendant of Edward de Vere, seventeenth Earl of Oxford-who some believe was the real Shakespeare. Anne wants Llewellyn to prove that claim, even though many have tried and failed. And she’s willing to offer a hefty donation to the university if he succeeds.
It also means a chance for Llewellyn to get to know Blaise much better.
Not everyone thinks Llewellyn should take the case-or the money. Between feuding siblings, rival patrons, jealous colleagues, and greedy administrators, almost anyone could be trying to thwart his work… and one of them is willing to kill to do it.
When Anne de Vere turns up dead, the police believe Blaise is the murderer. Only the shy, stuttering professor who has won his heart can prove otherwise…
The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean is the first book in the Middlemark Mysteries series by Tara Lain. I liked it very much. I don’t read a lot of mysteries, but when I do, I like to try to guess who done it, and I have to say that by the end of the book I wasn’t even close to right in my guess. I was even surprised by who Blaise was related to, nope wouldn’t have guessed that at all. And that’s why I liked this book. The writing is just what you would expect from Tara Lain with plenty of details and an easy reading style. There was angst when there needed to be and characters that were complex, and it still had the chemistry that I’ve come to look forward to from the author’s books.
I liked Dr. Llewellyn Lewis and how he leads a double life as both an awkward but distinguished history professor and as the flamboyant Roman Rondell, an infamous writer of sensational historical theories. As Llewellyn, he is a little stuffy, introverted, and reclusive and has an adorable stutter. As his alter ego Ramon Rondell, he’s flamboyant, confident, and an outgoing person who isn’t afraid to go to gay clubs and dance and pick up a one-night stand, and he doesn’t have a stutter when he’s Ramon. I kind of wished that we would have gotten to see just a little bit more of Ramon in the book because he was a fun character.
I liked Blaise Arthur. I liked the chemistry between him and Llewellyn. We first meet him at a gay club that Ramon’s at and Ramon can’t take his eyes off of him. Imagine Llewellyn’s surprise when he later meets him again at the university where he teaches as Llewellyn. Blaise doesn’t know that he’s already met him since Ramon doesn’t look anything like Llewellyn. I liked how Blaise is a teaching assistant and how the author teases us with little tidbits about him that keeps us guessing as we read the book.
When they officially meet at an event held for wealthy socialite Anne de Vere, a descendant of Edward de Vere, seventeenth Earl of Oxford, who some believe was the real Shakespeare. Anne wants Llewellyn to prove that claim even though many have tried and failed. She’s even willing to offer a hefty donation to the university if he succeeds. The department head assigns Blaise and Llewellyn to work together to research if they can prove that Anne’s defendant was the real Shakespear, which means Llewellyn will get the chance to know Blaise that much better. But not everyone thinks Llewellyn should take the case or the money. Between feuding siblings, rival patrons, jealous colleagues, and greedy administrators, almost anyone could be trying to thwart his work, and one of them’s willing to kill to do it. And when Anne de Vere turns up dead, the police believe that Blaise is the murderer. Only the shy, stuttering professor who has won his heart can prove otherwise.
I really enjoyed reading this book, and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***
Review edited by : Laura McNellis