An Expert in Murder
"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 is 1934, and celebrated Scottish crime writer Josephine Tey... show more
"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 is 1934, and celebrated Scottish crime writer Josephine Tey is on her way to London to see her hit West End play - but her trip is interrupted by the grisly murder of a young train passenger.Detective Inspector Archie Penrose is convinced that the killing is connected to Tey, and that somewhere in the flamboyant theatre world lurks a rughless and spiteful killer wwho is out to ensure she becomes a victim of her own success.Cleverly blending elements of the Golden Age author's real life with a gripping murder mystery, "An Expert in Murder" is both a tribute to one of the most popular writers of crime and a richly atmospheric detective novel in its own right.
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Pages no: 292
Edition language: English
, British Literature
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Mystery
, Mystery Thriller
, Murder Mystery
Series: Josephine Tey (#1)
He suddenly had an image of his down-to-earth sergeant rushing home from the Yard every night to devour the latest thriller by his fireside. Better still, perhaps he was actually writing one of his own. The thought of Miss Dorothy L. Sayers turning out to be a portly, moustached officer of the law i...
Found this murder mystery quite interesting and entertaining, it would have been better to get to know some of the characters better.
So it wasn't my favourite mystery that I've read in the past while, but it wasn't bad at all. I think I had trouble with too many POVs. It felt like the author wanted us to have the POV of everyone who was a suspect. Which gave the book a certain depth, I think, but made it a bit of a slog for me...
Nicely done. Probably would have got 4 stars if I had read it 20 years ago as I enjoyed the traditional murder mystery much more then.
Things that annoyed me about this book: 1. The ridiculous overuse of the word "lover". 2. The introduction of an enormous amount of characters with little or no purpose. 3. The main character (Josephine Tey) was extremely dull -- she didn't like being open or personal with anyone, including many if...