Expert in Murder, An: A New Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey (Hardcover)

A New Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey

By Nicola Upson

Harper, 9780061451539, 304pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2008



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.

Praise For Expert in Murder, An: A New Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey

“[A] blithely spirited debut. . . . Upson clearly knows her way around pre-World War II London and the grimy backstages of Covent Garden, and delivers an ending shot through with palpable surprise and emotion.”
-Los Angeles Times

“Nicola Upson has . . . given us a highly original and elegantly written novel.”
-P.D. James

“Upson’s debut is a most promising valentine.”
-Kirkus Reviews