An Expert in Murder

Nicola Upson

From a great new talent in British crime writing, this is the first in an engrossing new series that cleverly blends fact and fiction.

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‘Highly original and elegantly-written … The first of what promises to be a distinguished series.’ P.D. James

Death is not a rehearsal…

It’s March 1934, and Golden Age crime writer Josephine Tey is travelling from Scotland to London to celebrate what should be the triumphant final week of her celebrated play, Richard of Bordeaux. However, a seemingly senseless murder puts her reputation, and even her life, under threat. An Expert in Murder is both a tribute to one of the most enduringly popular writers of crime and an atmospheric detective novel in its own right.

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'Upson's efficient, almost brisk writing style keeps this tribute to the golden age of detective fiction rolling along ... this is a clever debut ... the mix of fact and fiction is playful and intriguing too.'

The Herald
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'Fans of period detective fiction will enjoy Upson's recreation of Thirties theatreland, and her mannered prose ... in Upson's capable hands, the crime writer's second incarnation proves as intriguing and convincing as her first.'

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A wonderful period murder mystery which recruits real-life crime writer Josephine to investigate a slaying at the opening of her own West End play. Fans of Tey herself and Agatha Christie will relish this both for its authenticity and its gripping plot.

Evening Standard
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[A]n affectionate homage to crime fiction's golden age.


Nicola Upson’s debut novel, An Expert in Murder, was the first in a series of crime novels whose main character is Josephine Tey, who – along with Agatha Christie – was one of the masters of Britain’s Golden Age of crime writing. She was shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger in 2018 for Nine Lessons and longlisted in 2021 for…

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