Today is publication day for volume 1 of my new trilogy, Shakespeare Plot: Assassin’s Code. The series is set during the early 17th century, a dangerous time in English history, full of plots, rebellions, spies and secret codes. Yet it was also a glorious time for English theatre, when William Shakespeare was writing his greatest plays. My plan for this series was to bring together the exciting world of Shakespearean theatre and the shadowy realm of spies and secret agents. When you think about it, spies and actors are not so different from each other. They both wear masks of one kind or another. What if an actor in Shakespeare’s company, the Chamberlain’s Men, also happened to be a spy? This was my starting point for The Shakespeare Plot.