TITLE: AN EXPERT IN MURDER
AUTHOR: NICOLA UPSON
Details: no. 1 Josephine Tey Mystery
Since I own this book and it had been staring at me for a while, it seemed like a good idea to read a mystery featuring Josephine Tey, immediately after finishing one written by her.
The story is set in March 1934 and Josephine travels from Scotland to London by train for the final week of her very successful play "Richard of Bordeaux". On the train, Josephine meets Elspeth Simmons who is a huge fan of hers. The two women get on well and plan to meet again in London. However, shortly after saying goodbye to Josephine, Elspeth is murdered and left on the train.
Detective Inspector Archie Penrose, a close friend of Josephine's, leads the investigation and is convinced that the murder is connected to the Josephine's play and that the author herself may be at risk.
When a second murder is commited his fears appear to be confirmed. But the solution to the mystery is far more complicated than he could ever have suspected not least because of its links to the past and WW .
This was a very good mystery with realistic and interesting characters, a well plotted story and close links to the realities of Josephine Tey's life and career.
I definitely want to read more in this series.