Jennifer Lee Carrell holds her Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Harvard University, as well as other degrees in English Literature from Oxford and Stanford Universities. She won three awards for distinction in undergraduate teaching at Harvard University, where she taught in the History and Literature Program and directed Shakespeare for the Hyperion Theatre Company.
Jennifer’s first thriller, Interred with Their Bones, is an international bestseller, translated into twenty-eight languages. The second in the series, Haunt Me Still, is now out in hardcover. She is also the author of The Speckled Monster, a work of historical nonfiction about battling smallpox at the beginning of the 18th Century, which USA Today cited as being written “in a compelling, almost novelistic, voice.” She has written a number of articles for Smithsonian Magazine, as well. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.
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A legendary theatrical curse...
A rune-engraved blade, a mysterious mirror, and an ancient cauldron...
And a ritually murdered body laid out in the manner of ancient pagan burials.
Kate Stanley, Jennifer Lee Carrell's dauntless Shakespearean scholar- turned-director, made a memorable-and "New York Times" bestselling-debut in "Interred with Their Bones." Having chased down her mother's killer (and recovering one of Shakespeare's lost plays in the process), Kate's fame as a director with an expertise in "occult Shakespeare" catapults her--and Ben Pearl, her partner in crime-solving--into a new production of "Macbeth," showcasing a fabled collection of objects relating both to the play and the historical Scottish king for whom it is named.
The Bard's darkest play is famously cursed, its reputation for malevolence so strong that many actors refuse to quote or even name the play aloud. And as rehearsals begin at the foot of Scotland's Dunsinnan Hill, it doesn't take long for the curse to stir. Strange references to the boy actor who first played Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's day, and died in the role, pop up. A trench atop Dunsinnan Hill is found filled with blood, and a severed human thumb turns up among the props. And Kate begins sleepwalking, waking early one morning alone atop the hill, her hands smeared in blood.
Kate has no memory of how she got there, but later that day a local woman is found dead on the hill in circumstances that suggest not just ritual murder but ancient pagan sacrifice. With the police more focused on Kate as a suspect than as a possible future victim, she and Ben find themselves in a desperate race to discover a lost version of "Macbeth," said to contain rituals of witchcraft aimed at conjuring demonic forces to gain forbidden knowledge. However much Kate would like to dismiss such rituals as superstition, someone else appears willing to kill for them--and for the manuscript said to spell them out.
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On the eve of the Globe's production of "Hamlet," Shakespearean scholar Kate Shelton is given what is claimed to be the Bard's long-lost work. When a killer decides to stage theatrical murders as flesh-and-blood realities, Shelton must unlock one of history's greatest secrets.
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A timely book about history's first desperate efforts to conquer smallpox, "The Speckled Monster" tells the dramatic story of two parents who dared to fight back. After barely surviving the agony of smallpox themselves, they flouted 18th-century medicine by borrowing folk knowledge from African slaves and Eastern women in frantic bids to protect their children.