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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 an international nonetheless haunted through warfare. yet pleasure turns to horror while 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 complicated 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 turning into a sufferer of her personal luck. 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 sounds as if cease at not anything.

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By that time, the initial bond between them – her lover and Archie’s closest friend – had been dead for almost three years, 39 killed helping another officer at the Somme, and Archie had finally come to see her in Scotland. She would never forget the pain in his voice as he described to her how, in the midst of that senseless slaughter, all for the sake of a few yards of mud, Jack Mackenzie, a young private from the 2nd Gordon Highlanders, had responded to a cry from no man’s land. There, another soldier, who had lain motionless near the German wire for nigh on two days and was believed by the British troops to be beyond all aid, had, in defiance of nature, regained consciousness and called for help.

I wish it were, but I’m afraid it’s about what happened at King’s Cross last night. ’ ‘No. Lettice mentioned that something had gone on at the station, but she wasn’t very specific. ’ ‘You signed an autograph for a young woman yesterday. ’ At his use of the past tense, Josephine’s heart went cold. ‘Hardly at all. She recognised me on the train coming down and we had lunch together. She loves the theatre and wanted to know all about Richard, so we spent most of the time talking about that. I introduced her to Lydia when we got here and invited her to come and find me at the theatre if she wanted to, and that was that.

It’s all this “grocer’s daughter made good” business, as if I’ve no right to a life down here with different friends and a different outlook. ’ 33 ‘Hang the lot of them, then. Any more trouble and Lettice and I will come and sort them out. ’ ‘Talking of formidable women,’ Ronnie said, still laughing, ‘I feel I should warn you that the Snipe is in a foul temper today and not exactly on her best form. We used the advance from Hamlet to treat her to a new gas cooker because she’s always complaining that she misses her old Eagle, but she hasn’t quite taken control of the regulo yet.

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