The Dead of Winter
A snowy Christmas gathering on an island off the Cornish coast goes murderously wrong in this festive Golden Age mystery.
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December 1938, and storm clouds hover once again over Europe. Josephine Tey and Archie Penrose gather with friends for a Cornish Christmas, but two strange and brutal deaths on St Michael’s Mount – and the unexpected arrival of a world famous film star, in need of sanctuary – interrupt the festivities. Cut off by the sea and a relentless blizzard, the hunt for a murderer begins.
Pivoting on a real moment in history, the ninth novel in the ‘Josephine Tey’ series draws on all the much-loved conventions of the Golden Age Christmas mystery, whilst giving them a thrilling contemporary twist.
For your bookshelf, The Dead of Winter by Nicola Upson (out now) sees Hollywood heroine Marlene Dietrich make an unexpected appearance in a classic country house murder mystery. As a well-heeled group gathers for a party on an island off the Cornish coast, a festive whodunnit unfurls.
Unforgettable . . . There is a truly brilliant twist, and oodles of excitement, yet it is the quality of the writing — “the peculiar beauty of blood upon snow” — that makes this pulpy novel not just for Christmas but for life.
In a tightly structured plot, the feeling of menace and fear is kept at a high pitch by first-class writing.
Tey and her friends are trapped with a killer in an absorbing plot that has its roots in the brutal poverty of the 1930s.
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