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Sorry for the Dead

Nicola Upson

A compelling murder mystery in which events shift between a world on the brink of a devastating world war and the deadly aftermath of that war.

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** Longlisted for the CWA Sapere Books Historial Dagger 2020 **

‘Haunting.’ Sunday Times

‘Wonderful.’ Scotland on Sunday
‘Arresting.’ The Times

In the summer of 1915, the violent death of a young girl brings grief and notoriety to Charleston Farmhouse on the Sussex Downs.

Years later, Josephine Tey returns to the same house – now much changed – and remembers the two women with whom she once lodged as a young teacher during the Great War. As past and present collide, with murders decades apart, Josephine is forced to face the possibility that the scandal which threatened to destroy those women’s lives hid a much darker secret.

Sorry for the Dead is the eighth book in the ‘Josephine Tey’ series, at once a compelling murder mystery and a moving exploration of love and grief

Critic Reviews

A very modern mystery which spans not only crime, but social constraints and the trials of the human condition. The rich tapestry of Tey’s life adds an extra layer.

Critic Reviews

Haunting... It’s a touching insight into the fictional Tey’s insecurities, and one of the
most memorable books in this superlative series.

Sunday Times, Crime Book of the Month
Critic Reviews

There’s a wonderful golden age feel... containing wonderful twists and turns which single out Upson as a talented author of historical crime.

Scotland on Sunday
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An arresting crime-fiction tale.

The Times, Books of the Year
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A superior mystery... It is a novel about the insanity of war, the muddle and panic of middle age and the corrosive efffects of loneliness. The end comes with an avalanche of shocking revelations.

The Times, Best New Crime Fiction

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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