A Sudden Interest in Shakespeare

A Seamus O’Neill Mystery

“A compelling mystery anchored by a winningly roguish hero.” – Kirkus Reviews

Madison, Wisconsin, June 2000. A man disappears during a routine day at the office. A woman finds a shoebox filled with cash, fake IDs, and a cryptic list. Two seemingly unrelated events with one unusual connection: English playwright William Shakespeare.

The events bring two clients to the Ryder Detective Agency. Seamus O’Neill, a local rock & roll musician, and part-time detective agency employee, focuses on a connection between the cases as he carouses through Madison’s nightlife and plans for an upcoming show. O’Neill determines the shoebox’s purpose and deciphers the list.

Can Seamus O’Neill explain the role William Shakespeare’s works play in both cases, and can he find the missing man?