Light Thickens - Roderick Alleyn, Bk 32 Author:Ngaio Marsh Light thickens is the last book by one of the greatest of all mystery writers, the late Dame Ngaio Marsh. — It seems that Peregrine Jay, director of London's Dolphin Theatre, has a tricky problem on his hands: how to stage Macbeth successfully with a volatile cast of eccentric actors, and despite some rather sinister goings-on, such as the disemb... more »odied head of Banquo's ghost that keeps turning up in strange places, the large swords left where they might kill someone, and several other disturbing deeds. Soon the entire cast, from the glamorous and shrewed Maggie Mannering to the moody and mercurial Simon Morten, is grumbling about the damned "Scots play."
Then one day Peregrine happens to be in the audience with his children to watch a performance. In the final scene, just before the curtain falls, the script calls for one spectacular moment of drama involving the claidheamh-mor, or claymore, a giant Scottish battle sword the actors use to stage fight scenes. But this time something is wrong, murderously wrong--the gore on stage is real!« less