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Angel with Two Faces

Nicola Upson

The second in Nicola Upson’s clever and enthralling crime series that features Golden Age crime writer Josephine Tey.

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Two can keep a secret – if one of them is dead…

Inspector Archie Penrose invites crime writer Josephine Tey down to his family home in Cornwall so she can recover from a recent trauma. Josephine welcomes the opportunity, but her hopes of experiencing a period of rest are dashed when her arrival coincides with the mysterious death of a young man in the village.

Soon, more people are going missing or turning up dead, and Josphine and Archie begin to suspect the involvement a cold-blooded murderer.

As Josephine and Archie try to unravel the mystery, they begin to see death as an angel with two faces – one gazing at the violence in the present, the other looking back to the crimes hidden in the past.

Critic Reviews

Any crime aficionado whose beach reading usually consists of a bagful of crinkly old paperbacks should make room for Nicola Upson's novels in which the real-life author Josephine Tey, one of the grandes dames of the Golden Age of detective fiction, investigates murders in the Thirties. This second book in the series sees ugly deeds occurring amid the beauty of Cornwall. Upson has paid Tey the compliment of writing a thoughtful novel about her.

Daily Telegraph
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Carefully plotted, full of historical information, local colour and meticulous psychological analysis.

Literary Review
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Within a relatively short period, Nicola Upson has established herself as one of the most inventive and unusual of crime writers, marrying a sure storytelling grip to a non-pareil skill at evoking both period atmosphere and English locales. However - as Angel with Two Faces comprehensively demonstrates -- her real coup lies in her canny utilisation of a classic English writer, Josephine Tey as the protagonist of her books. And, what's more, doing full justice to her much-loved predecessor's memory; it's easy to feel that Tey herself would be delighted with these fictitious imaginings of her life an investigative figure.

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Packed with lust, illicit passion and incest.

The Sunday Times
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Nicola Upson's latest work is a truly sublime piece of literary detective fiction with an ensemble cast directed with real flair. The literary and criminal constructions are sharp, controlled and often surprising and the ending brings about both consolidation for the criminal plot and anticipation for the lives of the main characters Jospehine and Archie, paving the way neatly for the next volume in the series ... this installment comes highly recommended.

Critic Reviews

The most enjoyable parts of the book result from Upson's researches into the background. The date is 1935, and the suffering of the First World War still overshadows Britain ... There's a cricket match, and the Minack Theatre, very enjoyably described in its magnificent coastal setting.


Nicola Upson was born in Suffolk and read English at Downing College, Cambridge. She has worked in theatre and as a freelance journalist, and is the author of two non-fiction works and the recipient of an Escalator Award from the Arts Council England. Her debut novel, An Expert in Murder, was the first in a series of crime novels whose…

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