“So far, I'm really enjoying this. Josephine and her detective friend are likable. There are plenty of suspects and motives. I just am sorry that such a nice girl gets bumped off.
Well, it was a tragic and convoluted story, but I thought it was well-written.”
“Thoroughly enjoyed this. Looking forward to this series continuing.”Mary M wrote this review Monday, July 6, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A well written and pleasant read for this genre of detective fiction. Based on a real life person and play it leans heavily on the Agatha Christie tradition and is an entirely satisfactory mystery/murder.”Teresa P wrote this review Tuesday, June 16, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Nice murder mystery set in 1930s London theatreland, with the real-life mystery author and playwright Josephine Tey at the centre of events. The first world war casts its long shadow, and the atmosphere is suitably brittle. Love affairs of all kinds abound, most notably that of the leading lady and the mysterious Marta...
The book also roused my interest in reading Josephine Tey's lovely books again - for that it deserves an extra star!”
“This is a superb mystery, comments excerpted from my blog:
"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".
Of course, reading this novel made me want to dive into Tey's work again. Here's a list of her novels:
* The Man in the Queue [or Killer in the Crowd] (1929)
* A Shilling for Candles (1936) (the basis of Hitchcock's 1937 movie Young and Innocent)
* Miss Pym Disposes (1946)
* The Franchise Affair (1948) (filmed in 1950 starring Michael Denison and Dulcie Gray)
* Brat Farrar [or Come and Kill Me] (1949)
* To Love and Be Wise (1950)
* The Daughter of Time (1951)
* The Singing Sands (1952)
She's most famous of course for the novel, The Daughter of Time. It focuses on the legend of Richard III, the evil hunchback of British history accused of murdering his young nephews. In Daughter of Time, while at a London hospital recuperating from a fall, Inspector Alan Grant becomes fascinated by a portrait of King Richard. A student of human faces, Grant cannot believe that the man in the picture would kill his own nephews. With an American researcher's help, Grant delves into his country's history to discover just what kind of man Richard Plantagenet was and who really killed the little princes.
An Expert in Murder centers around Tey's play, Richard of Bordeaux,
that examines the life of Richard II and his relationship with Anne. Readers of An Expert in Murder will enjoy this glimpse into theatrical life of the 1930s. The book has an excellent afterward delineated the boundaries between fact and fiction found in this novel. A must read!
Nicola Upson is also the author of Mythologies: Sculpture of Helaine Blumenfeld and In Good Company: A Snapshot of Theatre & the Arts and has worked in theatre and as a freelance journalist. The recipient of the Escalator Award from Arts Council England, she splits her time between Cambridge and Cornwall. Upson is also a BBC broadcaster. You can hear her broadcasting on Mandy Morton's BBC Eclectic Light Show, where she's the resident arts correspondent”
“I have always enjoyed Josephine Tey's books, and I love historical mysteries, and so as soon as I saw this on the shelf I had my wallet out. I wasn't disappointed. It really added a greatd eal to my knowledge and appreciation of Tey as a writer, and also of the period itself - plus it was a celver, well-written mystery.”Kate Forsyth wrote this review Sunday, October 5, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No