The Unkindest Cut of All

Welcome to the brand-new Ocelot Press Book of the Month. 

Each month, we will focus on one particular Ocelot Press publication.  This month it is Sue Barnard’s romantic intrigue The Unkindest Cut of All, the action of which takes place over one week in March, during an amateur dramatic society’s production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.


Brian Wilmer is God’s gift to amateur dramatics – and he knows it.  So when the Castlemarsh Players take the ambitious decision to stage Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, there is only one man who can play the title role – even though Brian’s posturing “prima donna” attitude has, over the years, won him few friends and many foes.

Rehearsals progress apace, and the production draws ever closer.  But when another member of the cast has to drop out due to illness, local journalist Sarah Carmichael (a stalwart of the Players’ backstage crew) suddenly finds herself called upon to step into the breach at the eleventh hour.

Not surprisingly, Sarah finds that Brian is in his egotistical element playing the mighty Caesar.  The fact that the final performance of the play takes place on the infamous Ides of March – the day when, according to tradition, Caesar was fatally stabbed – only adds to the excitement.

But tragedy is waiting in the wings.  And when it strikes, it falls to Sarah – with the help of Brian’s personable and fascinating nephew Martin Burns – to uncover the incredible truth of what really happened…

The Unkindest Cut of All is available from Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats.  To celebrate it being the Ocelot Press Book of the Month, the Kindle edition is currently available at the special offer price of just 77p (or the equivalent in your local currency).  To find out more, click here.  

And here’s a special treat for anyone who orders the e-book during this month.  Post a screenshot of your Amazon order in the Ocelot Press Readers Group on Facebook, and you will be entered into a draw to win a signed copy of the paperback edition.  The draw will stay open until the end of March 2021.

Competition time!

To enter, click here to be taken to the Amazon listing for The Unkindest Cut of All, click on the “Look Inside” feature, and find the answers to the following questions:

  1. On what date does the story open?
  2. How long ago had Sarah been at university?
  3. Why is the backstage area painted black?
  4. What announcement does the stage manager make over the tannoy?
  5. What is the name of the wardrobe mistress?

Please don’t post your answers here!  Email them to sue barnard author AT gmail DOT com (remove the spaces, and replace the shouty bits with appropriate punctuation) to arrive by no later than midnight (UK time) on Wednesday 31st March.

All correct entries will go into a draw, and the lucky winner will win a free Kindle copy of your choice of one of Sue’s Ocelot Press titles.

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