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Shot with Crimson

Nicola Upson

A murderer stalks the set of Hitchcock’s film of Rebecca, bent on revenge, in this smart, cosy mystery.

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‘Always a delight.’ Sunday Times

I will never understand why murder is considered such a lowbrow speciality in Hollywood…

September, 1939, and the worries of war follow Josephine Tey to Hollywood, where a different sort of battle is raging on the set of Hitchcock’s Rebecca.

Then a shocking act of violence reawakens the shadows of the past, with consequences on both sides of the Atlantic, and Josephine and DCI Archie Penrose find themselves on a trail leading back to the house that inspired a young Daphne du Maurier – a trail that echoes Rebecca‘s timeless themes of obsession, jealousy and murder.

‘An astonishingly complex mystery.’ The Times
‘Classy, clever, endlessly entertaining . . . one of this talented author’s most impressive outings yet.’ Lancashire Evening Post

Readers love Nicola Upson

Oh my, what a delight to read this was. An author absolutely in command of her craft.’ ***** reader review

I felt like I knew the Hitchcocks personally. The talent to make that feel likely is really Upson’s draw for me. She never misses a beat.’ ***** reader review

One of my favourite things about this author is the detail she brings to the pages and the way she can build tension and truly keep you gripped.’ ***** reader review

What’s not to like about a story of Hollywood and murder? . . . She writes in a way that the story flows effortlessly and makes reading easy and a joy.’ ***** reader review

Praise for the Josephine Tey series
‘[A] splendid series.’ The Times
‘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
‘If Josephine Tey were alive, she would be the first to welcome a major talent.’ Daily Mail

Critic Reviews

As a long-term fan of Nicola Upson’s Josephine Tey novels, I was especially impressed by Shot With Crimson. The way her shrewd, sympathetic real-life heroine’s life and work is interwoven with a murder mystery is always beautifully done, but this novel brings Josephine across the Atlantic to a gorgeously-evoked 1930s Hollywood, where Hitchcock is filming Rebecca. Involving Daphne du Maurier herself in the plot is a splendid touch, bringing subjects like homophobia, guilt, memory and deception to the mix. It’s a real delight

Amanda Craig
Critic Reviews

With 1930s Hollywood glamour and crimes tied together on each side of the Atlantic, this cosy, atmospheric mystery is perfect for fans of Rhys Bowen.

Critic Reviews

An astonishingly complex mystery that may have more atmosphere than action, but features a brilliant double twist halfway through and further shocks thereafter. Film fans and lovers of doomed romance will find it very much their tasse de Tey.

Mark Sanderson, The Times
Critic Reviews

Classy, clever, endlessly entertaining, and perfectly stitched together, Shot With Crimson is a joy from start to finish. One of this talented author’s most impressive outings yet.

Lancashire Evening Post

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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