Fiction Short Take: The London Rain – Nicola Upson

This is the sixth installment in Upson’s series that imagines the real-life mystery novelist Josephine Tey as a crime-solver in pre-WWII England.

For those who may not know, the real Tey is one of Britain’s best-loved crime writers and a member of the Golden Age of British crime literature. Upson’s series celebrates Tey’s work in a way designed to appeal to more contemporary audiences. Critics always praise Upson’s historical research so this series is really perfect for the legion of fans who adore Jacqueline Winspear.

The coronation of George VI in 1937 provides the backdrop for Upson’s psychologically complex and twisty sixth whodunit featuring real-life mystery writer Josephine Tey. At BBC headquarters in London, where Josephine has come to view the rehearsals of a play of hers that has been adapted for radio and will air as part of the celebration…. [A murder born of marital infidelity], which is handled by Josephine’s close friend at Scotland Yard, Det. Chief Insp. Archie Penrose, seems to be open-and-shut, but that perception changes when a second corpse turns up. Upson adroitly confounds the reader’s expectations, and her subtle and emotionally intelligent exploration of Josephine’s relationship with her lover, Marta Hallard, adds depth.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Revenge, murder, and royal pageantry…. The complexity of the overlapping relationships and a burst of momentum make [this] fictionalized heroine’s sixth case a worthy sequel to its predecessors.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“For fans of period British crime fiction, this sixth series entry…delivers deft plotting and evocations of the era through charming descriptions of London….Intriguing.”
— Library Journal (starred review)

London Rain: A New Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey (9780062418159) by Nicola Upson. $15.99 trade paper original. 3/29/16 on sale.

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