Fear in the Sunlight, Paperback Book

Fear in the Sunlight Paperback

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Summer, 1936. The writer, Josephine Tey, joins her friends in the holiday village of Portmeirion to celebrate her fortieth birthday.

Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma Reville, are there to sign a deal to film Josephine's novel, "A Shilling for Candles", and Hitchcock has one or two tricks up his sleeve to keep the holiday party entertained - and expose their deepest fears.

But things get out of hand when one of Hollywood's leading actresses is brutally slashed to death in a cemetery near the village.

The following day, as fear and suspicion take over in a setting where nothing - and no one - is quite what it seems, Chief Inspector Archie Penrose becomes increasingly unsatisfied with the way the investigation is ultimately resolved.

Several years later, another horrific murder, again linked to a Hitchcock movie, drives Penrose back to the scene of the original crime to uncover the shocking truth.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780571246281

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A book full of lots of short chapters; I pretty much read it one chapter at a time and didn't get the hang of the plot or the characters at all for a long time. I was getting characters muddled up for a good two thirds of the book. Another Josephine Tey mystery with a large role for Alfred Hitchcock, I'm not a film person and think there were a lot of film references here that I didn't really get. In the end I liked it, I've enjoyed the rest of the series and look forward to more, but I think I would have enjoyed it much more if I'd read it in large chunks.

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