An Expert in Murder

An Expert in Murder

A New Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey

Book - 2008
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Traveling to London in 1934 to celebrate the triumphant final week of her play Richard of Bordeaux, popular writer Josephine Tey is caught up by the murder of a fellow train passenger, in a case that raises the suspicions of Detective Inspector Archie Penrose.
Publisher: New York :, Harper,, [2008]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780061451539
Branch Call Number: M UPSO
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 03, 2017

An entertaining read with mostly likeable characters who (almost) act sensibly most of the time. Having read Tey's books isn't important for a reader of this book, and some poking into the history of the play at the center of the story helps get more of a feeling for the time. One small issue I had was that "Josephine Tey" was a pseudonym used by writer Elizabeth Mackintosh (who wrote the play in question under another name: "Gordon Daviot." So why people who were friends of "Josephine" for many years wouldn't call her Elizabeth sort of bothered me. Not important for readers unaware of this fact, but still... It seemed a little too long and convoluted, but enjoyable in the end.

Jan 19, 2017

This is one of those books that is hard to put down. With several lead characters, each short chapter leads the story forward to "who did it". However, unless one deeply analyses the chapters, the "who-did-it" doesn't become revealed until near the end. This is a well-written book with Canadian references from a Canadian author.

May 20, 2011

The smattering of action is overrun by unending description.

Dec 07, 2010

Josephine Tey, acclaimed mystery writer on par with the likes of Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie, is on her way to London to celebrate the triumphant run of her play, Richard of Bordeaux. On the train she meets an avid fan, a young haberdasher named Elspeth whose enthusiasm and optimism make an impression on Josephine despite their brief acquaintance. So when Josephine learns that Elspeth was murdered shortly after they parted company, the shock hits hard. Detective Inspector Archie Penrose is a friend of Josephine?s, and the author of fictional mysteries is swiftly drawn deep into the dangers of a true crime that strikes far too close to home. Author Nicola Upson conveys the atmosphere of 1930s England to a tee. The mystery, too, is smart and genuine?Upson even went so far as to interview Richard of Bordeaux?s real-life players, though their names have been changed for the book. The real Josephine Tey (1896-1952) was one of the Queens of Crime back in the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, and mystery lovers unfamiliar with her novels will be flocking to the shelves for the likes of The Man in the Queue (1929) and The Daughter of Time (1951).


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