An Expert in Murder, Hardback

An Expert in Murder Hardback

Part of the Josephine Tey Crime Series series

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


"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.

It's March 1934, and Tey is travelling from Scotland to London to celebrate what should be the triumphant final week of her celebrated play, Richard of Bordeaux.

However, a seemingly senseless murder puts her reputation, and even her life, under threat.

Cleverly blending fact and fiction, "An Expert in Murder" is both a tribute to one of the most enduringly popular writers of crime and an atmospheric detective novel in its own right.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780571237708



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Josephine Tey was one of the pen names of Scottish writer Elizabeth Mackintosh and under this name she had considerable success as a crime writer up to her death in 1952.Nicola Upson has made Josephine Tey a central character in her debut novel, An Expert in murder which is set in London in 1934, during the final week of Tey's celebrated play, Richard of Bordeaux (which in reality starred John Gielgud). I like the way facts of Josephine Tey's life are mixed with the storyline and although I haven't read any of Tey's work, it is written in the style of crime writing of that era. It is certainly very evocative of the theatrical world, the West End and the period generally. It is well-written and kept me guessing in true whodunnit fashion.

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I would have given it another star if the word "lover" had not been so over used.

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