Haunt Me Still: A Novel

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Kate Stanley returns in this thrilling follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Interred with Their Bones.

Jennifer Lee Carrell's fiction debut, Interred with Their Bones, was greeted by both fantastic reviews and stellar sales. Already a bestseller in the U.K., Haunt Me Still marks the much-anticipated return of Kate Stanley, Shakespearean scholar and theater director. This time, Kate ...

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Overview

Click here for a Letter from Jennifer Lee Carrell.

Kate Stanley returns in this thrilling follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Interred with Their Bones.

Jennifer Lee Carrell's fiction debut, Interred with Their Bones, was greeted by both fantastic reviews and stellar sales. Already a bestseller in the U.K., Haunt Me Still marks the much-anticipated return of Kate Stanley, Shakespearean scholar and theater director. This time, Kate becomes embroiled in a murder surrounding Macbeth, the Bard's famously cursed play. As Kate and company begin rehearsals at the foot of Scotland's Dunsinnan Hill, she discovers a local woman dead in circumstances that suggest ancient pagan sacrifice. Marked as both suspect and future victim, Kate undertakes a desperate race to find a dangerous, alternate version of Macbeth-reputed to be Shakespeare's darkest secret.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452296763
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 483,774
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Lee Carrell holds a Ph.D. in English and American literature from Harvard University and is the author of The Speckled Monster: A Historical Tale of Battling Smallpox. In addition to writing for Smithsonian magazine, Carrell has taught in the history and literature program at Harvard and has directed Shakespeare for Harvard’s Hyperion Theatre Company. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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  • Posted July 1, 2010

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    Overwrought and Unconvincing

    Loved "Interred With Their Bones" and found this book a disappointment. Having met Carrell, I know her to be bright, thoughtful and interesting, but I found this book to be confusing and often illogical, with a plot that required too much of a stretch of the imagination to be believed. As in her previous novel, the academic research on Shakespeare is impressive, but the magic theme is overdone and unconvincing. The development of the Ben & Kate characters and their relationship is neglected, while we are inundated by witchcraft and fantastical and improbable events. I was hoping for a page-turner, but ended up turning pages just to finish. I'm not giving up on Carrell, however, and will look forward to her next novel, hoping for tighter editing.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

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    Fantastic Book

    For anyone who is a fan of Dan Brown's books and style of writing, Jennifer Lee Carrell's book will be right up your alley. Haunt Me Still brings back Kate and Ben from Interred With Their Bones.
    In this book Kate is taken to Scotland where she has been asked to direct Shakespeare's most haunted play Macbeth. Soon after arrival, Kate is once again thrust into the middle of a mystery involving the bard. Not only that, but she also starts questioning herself when she begins to see things that aren't there.
    Will Kate be able to solve this mystery before people get hurt? Or will Shakespeare's most cursed play claim its next vision...her?

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    Must be a McBeth lover

    I read half of this book because it meanders too much. I may go back to it but wouldn't be surprised if I didn't.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    Little odd but good

    This book is not in the same league with Carrell's previous Shakespearean based book, but it still is a good, though sort of strange read with all of the English pagan religious imagery.

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

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    This is an enjoyable amateur sleuth take on Macbeth

    Although she knows the rumor of a curse associated with this dark play, "Occult Shakespeare" expert Kate Stanley directs a production of Macbeth near Dunsinnan Hill, Scotland. Her partner Ben Pearl is also with her as he was when they found a missing Shakespearean manuscript and something much more lethal (see Interred with Their Bones).

    However, unexplained phenomena haunt the rendition as the infamous curse seems real. First there is mumblings about the boy actor who played Lady Macbeth during the Elizabethan Era opening only to die in the role. Then there is the trench filled with blood that the crew and cast wonder if it might be a warning from Lady Macbeth as there would have to have been a major monstrous massacre to produce all that crimson. Finally Kate acts possessed when she sleepwalks. When she awakens at the top of Dunsinnan Hill she is frightened as she has no idea how she got there nor why her hands are drenched in blood. The cops think they can answer that bloody question when they find the corpse of a woman on the hill. With Ben at her side, Kate investigates refusing to believe the Bard had demonic rituals written into the play as the director assumes a more mortal murderer makes mischievous mayhem.

    This is an enjoyable amateur sleuth take on Macbeth in which the opening theme of "Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble" is the prime premise of Haunt Me Still. Although over the top of Dunsinnan Hill, but rich with the Bard's lore and history of productions of Macbeth, fans will enjoy Jennifer Lee Carrell's fine Shakespearean spin.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    Bridget's Review

    Kate and her cohort, Ben, are working on a play, Macbeth with their own twist. A lot of actors won't touch this play because of it's history. Some won't even speak it's name. Kate starts to find herself in different places with no recollection of how she got there. When people start dying and the deaths look like a part of a pagan ritual, Kate is forced to believe in the curse. She and Ben set out to find a long lost version of this play that holds the answers they seek.

    I love a good mystery. The plot was good, the writing was good. I really enjoyed Jennifer's book and now I realize that I'm going to have to get her other books. I give it a 4 out of 5 all the way around.

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