Kath here. We love it when our contributors have new releases to squee about. Today, valued contributor Sophie Masson’s latest YA mystery, THE UNDERSTUDY’S REVENGE, releases Feb. 1 by Scholastic. Though it’s currently only available in Australia, it could be released in other markets soon! In the meantime, check out the book trailer HERE on Sophie’s YouTube channel, and enjoy our Take 5 with Sophie Masson.
1. What is the premise of your new book?
London, 1860: When a dashing, mysterious young South African named Oliver Parry, walks into the King’s Company’s rehearsal rooms to audition for an understudy’s role in Hamlet, Millie Osborne, daughter of the company’s production manager, is mightily intrigued. Why is Oliver so secretive? What is his purpose in visiting the ill-famed Seven Dials? What is his true interest in the Company? When Millie and her friend Seth decide to investigate, they start to uncover a dangerous tale of betrayal, lies, revenge–and the long, deadly shadows of a past that still has the power to throw them all into the very greatest danger..
2. What would you like people to know about in this story?
The Understudy’s Revenge was inspired by many things-first of all Hamlet, itself of course, but also the wonderful 19th century thriller, The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins; by my interest in the teeming, busy, squalid and amazing London of Charles Dickens, especially as described in his own books, short stories and articles, like ‘Sketches by Boz’; and as well, my lifelong fascination with the theatre. [Read more…]