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An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson

An Expert in Murder (2008)

by Nicola Upson

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Series: Josephine Tey Crime Series (1)

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  ramrak | Jan 4, 2018 |
An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson is the first volume in the Josephine Tey mystery series. It begins in 1934 when Tey is traveling to London to celebrate the last week of her successful play Richard Bordeaux.

One of the passengers sharing Tey's compartment is traveling to London to visit relatives and to attend Tey's play with her new love interest. What a coincidence that he works at the theatre where the play is staged.

On leaving the train, Tey is met by friends and doesn't realize the young woman hasn't left the train. In fact, she is murdered before she can. An investigation has just gotten underway when the play's manager is also murdered. The same detective, who happens to be a long time friend of Tey's, is the senior detective investigating both. Oh, and the friends meeting Tey at the train are also involved in the play and are relatives of the detective.

To say this plot is convoluted is an understatement. Most events that move the plot along are unrealistic happenstance. It's unlikely I'll continue the series. ( )
  clue | Sep 16, 2017 |
Josephine Tey was a writer of some note, well actually is still a writer of some note but no longer writing due to being, well, dead. Back in 1934 she's very successful, her play "Richard of Bordeaux" is on the final week of it's very successful run in London before it goes on a countrywide tour and possibly film Her arrival coincides with a complicated murder, this drags in an old friend, Detective Inspector Archie Penrose and both of them have to look into their pasts to fix the present.

The story blends fact and fiction and I quite enjoyed it and look forward to more in this series. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jan 21, 2017 |
It was a bit over the top by the end but lots of fun. All about the theater and hidden identities. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
An enjoyable plot, linked to incidents in the past. Well structured historical mystery, with Josephine Tey (the author) as one of the lead characters. 3 stars. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061451533, Hardcover)

An expert in Murder is the first in a new series which features Golden Age crime writer Josephine Tey as its lead character, placing her in the richly-peopled world of 1930s theatre which formed the other half of her writing life, and using real events as the basis for an original murder mystery. It's March, 1943, and Tey is travelling from Scotland to London to celebrate what should be the triumphant final week of her celebrated play, Richard of Bordeaux. The play has been the surprise hit of the season, with pacifist themes which strike a chord in a world still haunted by war, but a seemingly senseless murder - which takes place as soon as Josephine arrives in London and which Detective Inspector Archie Penrose feels sure is connected to her work - puts her reputation, and even her life, under threat. A second killing confirms Penrose's suspicions that somewhere amongst this flamboyant theatre set is a ruthless and spiteful murderer. As his investigations lead him from the romance of the West End to the stark reality of the trenches, he must confront his own ghosts in a search for someone who will kill again to right the wrongs of a past generation. Cleverly blending fact and fiction, this book is both a tribute to one of the most enduringly popular writers of crime and an atmospheric detective novel in its own right.

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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.… (more)

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