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Issue Details: First known date: 2005... 2005 Malvolio's Revenge
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'Toby is the orphaned nephew of the Theo Tridlingham, leader of a motley, down-at-heel troupe of actors touring Louisiana. They had hoped for great things in New Orleans during the Carnival. Instead a spiv has taken their money but booked them remote venues in the countryside. On Christmas Eve, the company straggle away from yet another seedy, unwelcoming town and are caught in a rainstorm. They shelter in a crumbling mansion named Illyria, occupied only by an enigmatic black woman, Marie LaRoche, and her mistress, a spirited Creole girl, Isabelle de Casteljaloux. Toby falls desperately and instantly in love. But as Toby unravels the mysteries of Isabelle's origins, he begins to suspect something terrible will engulf them all. As the days gather pace towards the Mardi Gras festivities, magic, secrets, masks and disguises all come to a dangerous head.' (Publisher's blurb)

' A novel in three acts! It is Christmas Eve 1910, and in the drenched Louisiana countryside, a band of travelling players is struggling to try and find shelter in a massive downpour of rain. They have been trying to tour a once-famous play, Malvolio's Revenge, a continuation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, in the glittering city of New Orleans but have had all the theatre doors closed on them; and have attempted to put the play on in the countryside, but have been gulled and swindled at every turn. Then, around the bend of a road, they literally fall over the gatepost of what looks like a derelict plantation mansion, called 'Illyria'...

Only two people are left in Illyria, an old black woman with strange green eyes, called Marie Laroche, and her charge, the last of an old aristocratic French Creole family, the beautiful, confident 16 year old Isabelle de Casteljaloux. They make the players very welcome, and soon propose them a strange but very tempting bargain: they will gain them entry into a New Orleans theatre, in return for going along with the company, and taking part in the staging of Malvolio's Revenge: but in disguise! And so the stage is set for a wild, fun ride into a dark secret, adventure, comedy, and romance...in an atmosphere redolent of old New Orleans, in the exciting beginning of the jazz area!' Comment on the author's website under 'Existing Books', which is archived at PANDORA.

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Untitled Sally Pyvis , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 20 no. 1 2006; (p. 35)

— Review of Malvolio's Revenge Sophie Masson , 2005 single work children's fiction
Untitled Jo Goodman , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 21 no. 1 2006; (p. 40)

— Review of Malvolio's Revenge Sophie Masson , 2005 single work children's fiction
In Short : Fiction Michael McGirr , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11-12 March 2006; (p. 22)

— Review of Malvolio's Revenge Sophie Masson , 2005 single work children's fiction
In Short : Fiction Michael McGirr , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11-12 March 2006; (p. 22)

— Review of Malvolio's Revenge Sophie Masson , 2005 single work children's fiction
Untitled Jo Goodman , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , March vol. 21 no. 1 2006; (p. 40)

— Review of Malvolio's Revenge Sophie Masson , 2005 single work children's fiction
Untitled Sally Pyvis , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 20 no. 1 2006; (p. 35)

— Review of Malvolio's Revenge Sophie Masson , 2005 single work children's fiction
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