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The first Cambridge spy: A Fine Madness, by Alan Judd, reviewed

15 May 2021

9:00 AM

15 May 2021

9:00 AM

A Fine Madness Alan Judd

Simon & Schuster, pp.256, 14.99

For his 15th novel, the espionage writer Alan Judd turns his hand to the mystery of Christopher Marlowe’s death. The result is never less than engrossing, with Judd putting the scanty known facts about the great playwright to ingenious use.

The story is narrated from the King’s Bench prison by Thomas Phelipps 30 years after Marlowe’s fatal stabbing in a Deptford rooming-house brawl.

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