An Expert in Murder, Paperback Book
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"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: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780571237715

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Enjoyable read, though rather implausible plot involving a fictionalised Josephine Tey.

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Expert In Murder was my favorite of the three mysteries I have read in this series by Nicola Upson. The story has a plot that allows for the large cast of characters that Upson adroitly handles. The mystery surrounding Josephine Tey, writer, involves her play Richard of Bordeaux. The clues tie her play to the characters who are victims, the first a young girl Josephine meets on the train. The young girl's death touches her and the reader deeply and finding the real connection between her killer and Tey, Tey's play and the deaths of the victims to come, is the meat and potatoes of this book. 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. Upson doles out period detail, not in a surge of encyclopedic re-telling,but as a backdrop for the scenes as they play out, providing the clues needed to piece together the compulsion that drives someone to murder. A highly satisfying mystery, I enjoyed every last drop, and strongly recommend it to those who enjoy Upson, and/or a good , solid mystery

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