An Expert in Murder
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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An Expert in Murder is the first in a new series that features Golden Age crime writer Josephine Tey as its lead character, placing her in the richly-peopled world of 1930s theatre which formed the other half of her writing life. It’s March 1934, and 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.
'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.'
'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.'
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.
[A]n affectionate homage to crime fiction's golden age.
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