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Dear Little Corpses

Nicola Upson

The superlative Golden Age detective returns in a haunting mystery set at the dawn of the Second World War.

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‘More than just a brilliant mystery . . . wonderful.’ Ian Moore, author of Death and Croissants
‘Kept me guessing. Bravo!’ Martin Edwards, author of The Lake District Mysteries

It takes a village to bury a child.

1 September, 1939. As the mass evacuation takes place across Britain, thousands of children leave London for the countryside, but when a little girl vanishes without trace, the reality of separation becomes more desperate and more deadly for those who love her.

In the chaos and uncertainty of war, Josephine struggles with the prospect of change. As a cloud of suspicion falls across the small Suffolk village she has come to love, the conflict becomes personal, and events take a dark and sinister turn.

‘A class above the usual crime fiction.’ Independent

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[A] splendid series.

The Times
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Nicola Upson's Josephine Tey mysteries are a class above the usual crime fiction. They shimmer with a love for their prewar setting and the artistic circles Tey, a real-life detective novelist, frequented.

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Wonderful twists and turns single out Upson as a talented author of historical crime [and] the rich background of Tey’s life adds an extra layer.

The Scotsman
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There is so much more to Dear Little Corpses than just a brilliant mystery and thriller. The detail in the social commentary of the time is delivered with acupuncture-like precision by Nicola Upson; and the descriptions of her characters' emotions leave the reader gasping for air at times, they are that powerful. And the line 'the British will always do what they're told as long as they're convinced they're volunteering' is one I'll be quoting a lot! Wonderful writing.

Ian Moore
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In Dear Little Corpses, Nicola Upson evokes rural Suffolk, as the arrival of evacuees heralds the outbreak of war in Europe, with sensitivity and wonderful skill. The atmospheric scenario is complemented by sharp characterisation and a multi-faceted plot that kept me guessing. Bravo!

Martin Edwards

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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