The Mad Courtesan features Nicholas Bracewell and his colorful Elizabethan acting troupe, Lord Westfield's Men. When a vicious rivalry erupts between surly Owen Elias and amiable
Sebastian Carrick, their stage duels become increasingly realistic. And when Sebastian is found dead in an alley, Owen seems the likely suspect. Nick, as always, remains calm and begins his own little investigation that reveals a less attractive Carrick-and leads him into a web of deception that stretches to the Virgin Queen herself.