Angel with Two Faces, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Inspector Archie Penrose invites Josephine Tey down to his family home in Cornwall so she can recover from the traumatic events depicted in "An Expert in Murder".

Josephine welcomes the opportunity, especially since Archie's home is near the famous Minack open-air theatre perched on the cliffs overlooking the sea.

However, Josephine's hopes of experiencing a period of rest are dashed when her arrival coincides with the funeral of a young man from the village who had drowned when his horse inexplicitly leapt into the nearby lake.

When another young man disappears and the village's curate falls from the cliffs of the Minack Theatre onto the rocks below, Josphine and Archie begin to suspect the involvement a cold-blooded murderer.

As Josephine and Archie try to unravel the mystery, they begin to see death as an angel with two faces - one gazing at the violence in the present, the other looking back to the crimes hidden in the past.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780571237968

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Entertaining enough read, though the plot has more twists and turns than the coastline of Cornwall, where the book is set. Some may find it all just too implausible.

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Although I found this Golden Age mystery slow off the starting block, I came to greatly enjoy not only the plot, and the complicated, intricate characterizations, but the writing itself. Upson's main character, Josephine Tey, is a writer of mystery novels, a singular career for either gender in the early 1900's, but particularly so for a woman. In this as well as Upson's 3rd Josephine Tey novel, the characters within the mystery writer's books seem to claim some small part in Tey's attempt tounderstand the very real mystery unfolding in her life. Since Upson bases these books on real-life events, they have the effect of being a psychological study of the real criminal's life, both in her book and in her main character's work-in-progress. It makes for an ingenious, complex shifting of focus, masterfully handled by Upson. Her characters are well-developed while retaining parts of the personal, still to be discovered through the challenges they face. The setting plays a large part in creating the stage on which the action is carried out

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