An Expert in Murder

An Expert in Murder

A New Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey

Book - 2008
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A brilliant and original fiction debut set in the exotic world of 1930s British theatre

March 1934. Revered mystery writer Josephine Tey is traveling from Scotland to London for the final week of her celebrated play Richard of Bordeaux. But joy turns to horror when her arrival coincides with the murder of a young woman she had befriended on the train ride, and Tey quickly finds herself plunged into a mystery as puzzling as any of those in her own works.

Detective Inspector Archie Penrose is convinced that the killing is connected to her play. Richard of Bordeaux has been the surprise hit of the season, with pacifist themes that strike a chord in a world still haunted by war. Now, however, it seems that Tey could become the victim of her own success, as her reputation--and even her life--is put at risk.

A second murder confirms Penrose's suspicions that somewhere among this flamboyant theatre set is a ruthless and spiteful killer. Together, Penrose and Tey must confront their own ghosts in search of someone who will stop at nothing.

An Expert in Murder is both a tribute to one of the most enduringly popular writers of crime and a richly atmospheric detective novel in its own right.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2008.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780061451539
0061451533
Branch Call Number: M UPSON N
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 24 cm.

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Josephine Tey was a 20th Century author of mysteries and plays. In this series she becomes a reluctant detective and murder suspect. #1 of Josephine Tey series, * subgenre: historical

Josephine Tey was a real author of mysteries and plays. In this series she becomes a reluctant detective and murder suspect.

Josephine Tey, real author of mysteries and plays, becomes a reluctant detective and murder suspect. Compare to Laurie R. King's characters -- they are just as convincing.


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WhidbeyIslander
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.

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teamkarat
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.

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May 20, 2011

The smattering of action is overrun by unending description.

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kalio
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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