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The Death of Lucy Kyte by Nicola Upson

The Death of Lucy Kyte

by Nicola Upson

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Many, many years ago I read all of Josephine Tey's novels. They were wonderful and I read each of them many times. After having discovered Nicola Upson with Josephine Tey as one of her lead characters in each of her novels has both surprised and delighted me. I always look forward to the next book. ( )
  kp9949 | Oct 19, 2015 |
Josephine Tey is one of my favorite authors so when I discovered that another author was writing using Ms. Tey as her protagonist I was intrigued. In this outing Josephine inherits a cottage in a village still under the influence of a murder that occurred in that same cottage many years ago.
Surprisingly the will that grants Josephine the cottage contains an enigmatic bequest to Lucy Kyte who “may take whatever she wants” from the cottage.
THE DEATH OF LUCY KYTE is an engaging and convincing mystery on several levels. First – who is Lucy Kyte? No one will admit to knowing her – and this in a village of few persons who all know each other. Second – what does Lucy want? Related mysteries abound. The mysteries are all connected and satisfactorily resolved by book’s end.
The characters are clearly drawn. The plot is tightly woven and original. Altogether an enthralling book.
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I suppose you are more ore less living at the cottage these days.  That is an experience I must try just once, I feel - making a new home.

Josephine Tey in a letter to Marda Vanne, December 1934
This story is dedicated to three remarkable women: my godmother Pearl, Elizabeth MacKintosh, and Maria Marten.
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