An Expert in Murder
March 1934. Revered mystery writer Josephine Tey is traveling from Scotland to London for the final week of her play Richard of Bordeaux, the surprise hit of the season, with pacifist themes that resonate in a world still haunted by war. But joy turns to horror when her arrival coincides with the... show more
March 1934. Revered mystery writer Josephine Tey is traveling from Scotland to London for the final week of her play Richard of Bordeaux, the surprise hit of the season, with pacifist themes that resonate in a world still haunted by war. But joy turns to horror when her arrival coincides with the murder of a young woman she had befriended on the train ride—and Tey is plunged into a mystery as puzzling as any in her own works. Detective Inspector Archie Penrose is convinced that the killing is connected to the play, and that Tey herself is in danger of becoming a victim of her own success. In the aftermath of a second murder, the writer and the policeman must join together to stop a ruthless killer who will apparently stop at nothing.
Publish date: June 16th 2009
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)
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...
This is not a book about Josephine Tey, Detective, but rather about murder happening close to her. Most of the detecting is done by her good friend the policeman.I struggled to get in to this novel, especially during a sequence of head-hopping early on, where we are taken briefly through the pov of...
A little slow to get into -- so many characters to keep track of, and I wasn't spending dedicated time reading it. But once I got into it, I liked it and I liked that the ending was not predictable to me.