Take Seven Cooks is a whodunit adapted for the amateur stage from the author's series of Timberdick Mysteries
Four lines from a traditional nursery rhyme guide seven suspects through this entertaining whodunit. Jealousy, resentment and ambition emerge as likely motives, but it's old fashioned observation and deduction that solve the case.
The press has praised Malcolm Noble's successful mystery novels as beautifully written and darkly funny with strong characterisation. In Take Seven Cooks he has weaved some of his readers' favourite episodes into a new storyline for the small stage.
A cast of tried and tested characters gives players scope for interpretation and projection within the structure of a detective drama.Take Seven Cooks is a play set in the early 1960s and features characters who regularly pop up in Malcolm's popular Timberdick book series.
Malcolm Noble served in the Hampshire Police, a chapter of his life that provides some background to his crime fiction. He has written eleven mystery novels set in the south of England from the 1920s to the 1960s Peggy Pinch, Policeman's Wife, A Mystery of Cross Women, The Case of the Dirty Verger, Timberdick's First Case, Liking Good Jazz, Piggy Tucker's Poison, The Parish of Frayed Ends, The Clue of the Curate's Cushion, The Case of the Naughty Wife, The Poisons of Goodladies Road. Reviews have emphasised his sense of place and atmosphere, his strong characterisation and first rate storytelling. Malcolm lives in Market Harborough where he and his wife run a secondhand bookshop