Step inside the Elizabethan playhouse where mysteries abound. Who is performing murders on stage? Why would someone kidnap a young apprentice actor? Would the players rebel against the Queen? In the heart of the 17th-century playhouse district, Sara Watson is no stranger to blood and mayhem as the proprietor of Willow Wood Apothecary. But when the killing begins, Sara joins forces with Constable Hawkins, determined to unravel a chilling series of gruesome murders. Their pursuit of justice leads to the destruction of the killer, and gains unexpected allies in a young actor, his loyal canine companion, and a retired fighting bear. The mysteries have only just begun. As the crime fighters navigate a treacherous web of deception and danger, the threat of an insidious conspiracy looms large. The shadowy hand of royal spymasters hovers over the world of players and playhouses, ready to snuff out their lives and livelihoods. The clock is ticking, and Sara, Constable Hawkins, and their eclectic team must outsmart their powerful adversaries to protect not only their lives but also the vibrant world of the stage. Will they emerge victorious, or will the curtains fall on their daring quest for justice?