Monday, January 10, 2011

Crime Fiction Alphabet: A is for An Expert in Murder By Nicola Upson

I am currently reading An Expert In Murder by Nicola Upson. Thought I would post my review for Crime Fiction Alphabet but that did not happen as I am yet to finish it. It is turning out well.... 

Here I post the book blurb from the authors' website:

An Expert in Murder is the first in a new series which features crime writer Josephine Tey as its lead character.

It’s March, 1934, and Tey is travelling from Scotland to London for the final week of her celebrated play, Richard of Bordeaux – but joy turns to horror when her arrival coincides with murder.

Detective Inspector Archie Penrose is convinced that the killing is connected to the play. Richard of Bordeaux has been the surprise hit of the season, with pacifist themes which strike a chord in a world still haunted by war, but now it seems that Josephine Tey could become the victim of her own success, as her reputation – and even her life - are put at risk.

A second murder confirms Penrose’s suspicions that somewhere amongst this flamboyant theatre set is a ruthless and spiteful killer. As his investigations lead him from the romance of the West End to the stark reality of the trenches, he and Tey must confront their own ghosts in a search for someone who will stop at nothing to right the wrongs of a past generation.

Cleverly blending elements of the Golden Age author’s real life with a fictional murder mystery, An Expert in Murder is both a tribute to one of the most enduringly popular writers of crime and a richly atmospheric detective novel in its own right.

Here I also post all the three covers. My copy is the first one. But I like 3 best! Which do you like?


Veens said...

Sounds really good. Josephine Tey sounds like a fantastic character.

Lynossa (Deranged Book Lovers) said...

I like all the covers. But the black and red gave 'mystery' feeling, I will definitely pick that one if I saw it in a bookstore!

My CFA's post.

Anonymous said...

Gautami - Thanks! This looks really interesting! I'll look forward to your review :-)

Pam (@iwriteinbooks) said...

I was never very interested in crime fiction until I started reading Tana French. Now, it's like there are four times as many books to look through when I go to the bookstore or library. They;re so much fun!

Anonymous said...

I was dubious about using a real author as a fictional character, but I really liked this one. And it reminded me that I had still to read Josephine Tey's books, which was a very positive side effect.

Kerrie said...

Many thanks for this one Gautami.

Mason Canyon said...

Sounds like an intriguing book. Cover 3 is nice. Looking forward to your take on the book.

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