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Mystery writer Josephine Tey (The Daughter of Time) makes a convincing sleuth in British author Upson's debut, the launch of a new whodunit series. On a train journey from Scotland to London in 1934, Tey meets a fan, Elspeth Simmons, who's traveling to the capital to attend a performance of Tey's hit play about Richard II. When Simmons is found brutally murdered—stabbed with a hatpin, posed with some dolls and partially shaved—after arrival at King's Cross, Tey's Scotland Yard friend, Insp. Archie Penrose, investigates and soon learns that the victim was adopted under irregular circumstances. After another death, the evidence suggests that both crimes are linked to a murder committed amid the devastating trench warfare of WWI. While the heroine falls conventionally into the killer's clutches before a solution many will anticipate, the engaging prose will leave even readers unfamiliar with Tey's fiction eagerly looking forward to the next in the series. (June)
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Josephine Tey moves from classic real-life crime writer and playwright to unwilling fictional sleuth in this atmosphere-laden cozy. Tey is journeying from her home in Inverness to London in 1934, to see the final week of her hit play. She befriends a young woman who enters her carriage; of course, the woman is a completely agog fan. Tey disembarks in London; the woman reenters the carriage and is promptly murdered. A disturbing feature of the murder is its staging: the victim is propped up to look in admiration at two dolls who seem to be representing one of Tey’s scenes. What may be disturbing to the reader is the forced link between Detective Inspector Archie Penrose, who finds the body, and Tey herself; they’re longtime friends, inevitably drawing Tey into the inside of the investigation. Fun for historical details and backstage bits, though the machinery of the mystery is too obvious. --Connie Fletcher --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Hoping others are better. I don't get much of Tey's personality in this. It's all "Well, I'm not going to worry about someone attacking me. Read morePublished 28 days ago by kitz
This book begins well but quickly descends into a tangle of tedious mediocrity. Too many characters, too much plot, too many unbelievable relationships and characters who are... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jenny Abraham
good oldfashioned murder mystery with modern sensibilities. great read.Published 2 months ago by rosey dickon
An entertaining read with mostly likeable characters who (almost) act sensibly most of the time. Having read Tey's books aren't important for a reader of this book, and some poking... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ron
As one who has tremendously enjoyed everything I've read by Josephine Tey, I was very hopeful when I found this series. Sigh... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lawrence S Baum
With the first novel in this series, I was impressed by the style, atmosphere of the period and the many characters who quickly became real people! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jo Ann Darricades
Don't waste your time or money on this one! It's poorly written and boring.Published 9 months ago by L. Biersma
To make a truly excellent review of An Expert in Murder one would have to be far better versed in the works of its protagonist, mystery writer Josephine Tey, and therefore able to... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jennifer Grey