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 issues that resonate in a global nonetheless haunted by way of warfare. yet pleasure turns to horror whilst 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 difficult as any in her personal works. Detective Inspector Archie Penrose is confident that the killing is attached to the play, and that Tey herself is at risk of changing into a sufferer of her personal good fortune. within the aftermath of a moment homicide, the author and the policeman needs to subscribe to jointly to prevent a ruthless killer who will it seems that cease at not anything.

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My dear, we’re only just recovering from the shame,’ she purred into the handset. ‘We should have known from the minute they brought the monkey in that the whole production was going to be a fiasco from start to finish. The creature bit everybody at the dress rehearsal and we were all absolutely terrified. Hephzibar threw out her arms in such a fright that her stitching gave up and we had to sew her back in. She still isn’t at all herself. And don’t even ask about the cost – we’d spent four thousand pounds before the curtain went up, and still the whole thing looked more like the Trocadero on a Friday night.

You mean she was murdered? ’ 41 Josephine stared at him in disbelief. ‘We just said goodbye on the platform. ’ ‘No. The train was late getting in, so we were in a hurry. Marta – that’s Lydia’s lover – was waiting for us outside with a taxi and Lydia had to get to the theatre. ’ ‘Of course not – I was exhausted. What am I supposed to have done, Archie? Stalked the poor girl and strangled her with my scarf? ’ Archie remained silent as Josephine got up and walked to the window. ’ she asked sarcastically.

What am I supposed to have done, Archie? Stalked the poor girl and strangled her with my scarf? ’ Archie remained silent as Josephine got up and walked to the window. ’ she asked sarcastically. ‘She was stabbed in the compartment of the train,’ he replied, ignoring the bait. ’ ‘If only I had gone after her,’ she said, her anger disappearing as suddenly as it had come. ’ ‘You couldn’t have saved her,’ he said, gently. ’ Josephine’s face was still turned to the window, but he could tell from her voice that any counsel against self-reproach was futile.

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