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The Secrets of Winter: A Josephine Tey Mystery (Hardcover)
A snowy Christmas gathering on an island off the Cornish coast goes murderously wrong in this festive Golden Age mystery.
December 1938, and storm clouds hover once again over Europe. Josephine Tey and Archie Penrose gather with friends for a Cornish Christmas, but two strange and brutal deaths on St. Michael's Mount--and the unexpected arrival of a world famous film star, in need of sanctuary--interrupt the festivities. Cut off by the sea and a relentless blizzard, the hunt for a murderer begins.
Pivoting on a real moment in history, the ninth novel in the Josephine Tey series draws on all the much-loved conventions of the Golden Age Christmas mystery, while giving them the contemporary twist which has come to distinguish the books so far.
About the Author
Nicola Upson was born in Suffolk and read English at Downing College, Cambridge. She has worked in theatre and as a freelance journalist, and is the author of two non-fiction works and the recipient of an Escalator Award from the Arts Council England. Her debut novel, An Expert in Murder, was the first in a series of crime novels to feature Josephine Tey--one of the leading authors of Britain's age of crime-writing. Her research for the books has included many conversations with people who lived through the period and who knew Josephine Tey well, most notably Sir John Gielgud. The book was dramatised by BBC Scotland for Woman's Hour, and praised by PD James as marking "the arrival of a new and assured talent". Nicola lives with her partner in Cambridge and Cornwall
Praise for The Secrets of Winter:
"Outstanding...[An] ingeniously twisty plot."
—Publishers Weekly starred review
“A truly brilliant twist...yet, it is the quality of writing that makes this pulpy novel not just for Christmas but for life.”
—The UK Times
"In The Secrets of Winter, [Upson] intricately [weaves] overlapping stories into a satisfying denouement that harkens back to the depthless appeal of the closed-room mystery."
—Historical Novel Society
Praise for Sorry for the Dead
“Achingly perceptive about forbidden relationships and the unreasoning hatred they can provoke, then as now.”
“Magnificent…Upson couples an engrossing plot with a nuanced and poignant look at human passions and frailties. Fans of golden-age mysteries will be more than satisfied.”
—Publishers Weekly starred review
“Upson’s eighth Josephine Tey mystery intriguingly combines murder with stories of love in the face of hateful bias. A notable addition to this fine series.”
“A challenging murder mystery…and a strong sense of place combine to make this a fascinating read.”
“The skilled writing evokes a deep sense of place; the complex character development intrigues.”
—Historical Novels Society
“Nuanced [and] sophisticated…it explores thorny social themes with acute insight and polished prose, while ensnaring readers with a gripping plot that keeps them guessing until the last page…A striking novel and a great read.”
—Thriller Books Journal
“[A] superior mystery…About the insanity of war, the muddle and panic of middle age and the corrosive effects of loneliness. The end comes with an avalanche of shocking revelations.”
“Intriguing…Nicola Upson has done something rather clever…She pays homage to the 'Golden Age' traditions of the genre and is particularly perceptive about the role of women in that era.”
—Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine