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 a global nonetheless haunted via struggle. yet pleasure turns to horror whilst her arrival coincides with the homicide of a tender girl 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 hooked up 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 sign up for jointly to prevent a ruthless killer who will it appears cease at not anything.
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Extra resources for An Expert in Murder
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.
As thoughts of breakfast drew her from her room into the large central studio, she was amused to find that the space was even more chaotic than usual. Exhausted from her journey, she had retired before her hosts arrived home and slept the sleep of the dead, utterly oblivious to the furious burst of activity which had clearly continued long into the night. The walls were now covered in deft costume sketches for a new Hamlet which she knew was due to go into production later in the year and, even at this early stage, it was obvious that the Motleys had surpassed themselves.
When the housekeeper returned, the man who followed her did seem distinctly at odds with merriment. Certainly, he bore scant resemblance to the Archie Penrose who, in spite of his cousin’s unjust reproach, usually left his job ﬁrmly behind when he came to call on the Motleys and blended beautifully into the chic eccentricity of their studio. ’ she asked, pushing the toast rack, now a shadow of its former self, towards the empty place at the breakfast table. Josephine shared the Motleys’ concern at Archie’s mood, but not their surprise.