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The Death of Lucy Kyte

Nicola Upson

The Death of Lucy Kyte by Nicola Upson.
‘Who is Lucy Kyte?’
Macdonald shrugged. ‘Your guess is as good as mine. Lucy Kyte is a mystery.’

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A house that can’t rest
A crime that won’t fade…

When crime writer Josephine Tey inherited a remote Suffolk cottage from her godmother, it came full of secrets. Sorting through the artefacts of her godmother’s life, Josephine is intrigued by an infamous murder committed near the cottage a century before. Yet this old crime – dubbed the Red barn murder – still seems to haunt the tight-knit village and its remote inhabitants.

As Josephine settles into the house, she knows that something dark has a tight hold on the heart of this small community. Is it just the ghosts of the Red Barn murder, or is there something very much alive that she needs to fear?

Trapped in this isolated community and surrounded by shadows of obsession, abuse and deceit, can Josephine untangle history from present danger and prevent a deadly cycle beginning once again?

Critic Reviews

A highly literate page-turner is something you don't see every day. Nicola Upson is a new discovery for me, and this novel is so interesting, so well-crafted, so engaging and so genuinely creepy that it was wonderful to find that there are four other books in the series to date ... complex and convincing.

Sydney Morning Herald
Critic Reviews

Josephine is transfixed by local history and the tragic story of Maria Marten, murdered in the grounds of the cottage in 1827 - a [true] crime that still haunts the local community.

The Lady, 5 star review

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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