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An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson

By Nicola Upson

March 1934. respected secret author Josephine Tey is touring from Scotland to London for the ultimate week of her play Richard of Bordeaux, the shock hit of the season, with pacifist topics that resonate in an international nonetheless haunted by way of conflict. yet pleasure turns to horror while her arrival coincides with the homicide of a tender lady she had befriended at the educate ride—and Tey is plunged right into a secret as perplexing as any in her personal works. Detective Inspector Archie Penrose is confident that the killing is hooked up to the play, and that Tey herself is at risk of turning into a sufferer of her personal good fortune. within the aftermath of a moment homicide, the author and the policeman needs to sign up for jointly to prevent a ruthless killer who will it sounds as if cease at not anything.

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Then that flower fell off the seat and I just legged it. ’ ‘Only the blind when I first went in. ’ ‘One of them, the taller one with the dark hair and the smart suit. She’d been on since Edinburgh and they had lunch together in the restaurant car. ’ ‘I don’t think I’d seen her before, but there are a lot of meals 26 served on that journey – I might not have noticed. ’ ‘Nice-looking, I suppose, for her age – she must have been in her forties. ’ Penrose had heard enough to confirm that Elspeth’s companions matched the signatures in her magazine.

The papers are beautifully melodramatic about it this morning, but we don’t want that to ruin our breakfast. What I’m dying to know,’ she continued, casting a sly glance at Ronnie, ‘is what you thought of Lydia’s new find. You’re always such a marvellous judge of character, and I expect she came to meet you? The two of them are practically inseparable at the moment – we’ve never seen anything like it. I gave it three weeks before Lydia started sniffing round somewhere else and Ronnie said a fortnight.

Her typewriter – a Good Companion, bought for twelve precious guineas – looked out of place in that tawdry room, but it was more real to her than anything else there and it had served her well: she was finally ready. Looking up from the page, she smiled bitterly at the sight of Bernard Aubrey, strolling into view as if in response to one of her perfectly timed cues. It amused her to think that he should take the trouble to notice her here, in this anonymous room, when at the theatre he passed her every day without even bothering to remember her name.

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