An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson

By Nicola Upson

March 1934. respected secret author Josephine Tey is touring from Scotland to London for the ultimate week of her play Richard of Bordeaux, the shock hit of the season, with pacifist issues that resonate in a global nonetheless haunted by way of warfare. yet pleasure turns to horror while her arrival coincides with the homicide of a tender lady she had befriended at the teach ride—and Tey is plunged right into a secret as difficult as any in her personal works. Detective Inspector Archie Penrose is confident that the killing is attached to the play, and that Tey herself is at risk of changing into a sufferer of her personal luck. within the aftermath of a moment homicide, the author and the policeman needs to subscribe to jointly to forestall a ruthless killer who will it sounds as if cease at not anything.

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Asked Josephine, puzzled to see her own sadness reflected in someone who had no 44 personal connection with the events he was now investigating. ‘You’re no stranger to death. You’ve seen what people can do to each other time and again. ’ ‘That’s the trouble. It’s not a stranger I’m worried about. I can’t tell you the details but, from the way the body was left, I have to assume a connection to Richard of Bordeaux,’ Archie said, deciding that, no matter how unpalatable, honesty was his best option.

The walls were now covered in deft costume sketches for a new Hamlet which she knew was due to go into production later in the year and, even at this early stage, it was obvious that the Motleys had surpassed themselves. The designs were divided into contrasting sections, each extravagantly styled in a picture of medieval Denmark which could not have been further from the Depression-worn shapes of the current age, and she was instantly captivated by their ingenuity. On the floor, work had already begun on materials for the costumes: bits of scenery canvas covered in dye and metallic pigments were strewn across the floor, punctuated by squares of thick felt which had been heavily treated with kitchen soap and paint to look uncannily like leather.

If his life was so miserable that he had nothing else worth living for, that can hardly be laid at your door. ’ ‘I know you’re right, but it doesn’t alter the fact that this afternoon I’m supposed to be signing a contract to license a tour of Richard, and perhaps even to make a film, when I really feel like putting a stop to the whole thing before anybody else gets hurt. I know it’s making everybody rich and famous, but I’m beginning to believe that the play is cursed and I don’t see why we need to inflict that on theatres all around the country.

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