An Expert in Murder (Josephine Tey)

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An Expert in Murder (Josephine Tey)

An Expert in Murder (Josephine Tey)

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A remainder mark on the bottom edge of the text, o/w text and boards are clean and unmarked, tight and square. But I picked up book 3, which is set back in London, in the library this weekend and it looks much more interesting, so maybe this is one of those series that will grow in stature. One particular chapter had a sequence of paragraphs told from the point of view of at least 8 characters to introduce them one after the other which really made for difficult reading and put me off.

Laughing, the two women walked out into the street, too engrossed in their conversation to notice the figure now moving towards the train. Nicola Upson meets all of these challenges with great skill and manages to produce a compelling novel with strong characters.The first thing that struck me about the book was that that tone of the writing was a good fit for the period, without becoming a pastiche.

I found it substantial, like a five course meal, appetizers,soup, salad, entree and dessert, the story delivered to the table and absorbed by the reader, bite by bite, detail by detail, carried by the characters, themselves highly believable and compelling. Here enters Detective Inspector Archie Penrose, an old acquaintance of Tey's, the best friend of her lover, whom Penrose saw die at the Somme. There is also simply too much in this novel that feels modern – from the open acceptance of relationships that might raise eyebrows in the 1930’s (Upson relying on the open mindedness of the theatre) to the very modern language, including copious swearing, which, along with the modern attitudes, just do not quite work as typical to the period. Josephine Tey, for example, did in reality have to defend a plagiarism court case over Richard of Bordeaux, her most successful play, and the author extrapolates this event into the solution of the mystery in her book.My father died last year, and it’s all been so miserable for my mother and me, and sometimes your play got me through. I didn’t actually care who had murdered the girl, or why, or whether they got away with or not, or whether “Josephine” was in peril. What I knew I would love about the book (and was proved right) was that it was set in the 1930’s which is an era I adore and is set around the theatres of London and industry I worked in for several years, though not in the era this book was set.

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