Midnight Come

If Shakespeare in Love has you hankering for another look at the theatrical world of the 16th century, you might enjoy this absorbing tale about a modern-day murder that parallels the death of the Bard’s chief rival, Christopher Marlowe. When lay church official Richard Harrison stumbles across the bodies of a rector and his son in a deserted cottage in the ”wind-bent hedges and thistle-strewn fields” outside Canterbury, he refuses to leave the case to the police. Unfortunately, the plot in Midnight Comes is so carefully constructed that the pace occasionally suffers. But Inspector Morse fans will appreciate this similarly ruminative detective, a man who mulls over a case all night and then wonders how the ”sweet nectar of midnight invariably transformed into the bitter vinegar of sleepless dawn.” A-