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 subject matters that resonate in a global nonetheless haunted through battle. yet pleasure turns to horror while 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 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 good fortune. within the aftermath of a moment homicide, the author and the policeman needs to sign up for jointly to forestall a ruthless killer who will it sounds as if cease at not anything.
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Not for the first time, he cursed himself for allowing it to happen. Knowing Vintner, he should have seen it coming. In fact, those newer to the taste of success than Aubrey seemed to 52 have been transformed by their sudden notoriety – and not always for the better, in his opinion. The entire cast seemed to think that one hit play was enough to keep them in work for the rest of their professional lives, and all the bickering and tension was beginning to tire him; after all, he could usually ﬁnd that at home.
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. During a friendship that had spanned almost twenty years, she had come to realise that there were two sides to this complex individual: the handsome, gregarious entertainer, whose warmth and intelligence made people from all walks of life 38 instantly comfortable in his company and who was genuinely interested in everyone he met; and the detached, serious observer, whose liking for his fellow man did not blind him to the baser motivations of the human mind or to the pain which underpinned more relationships than most people cared to acknowledge.
The two of them are practically inseparable at the moment – we’ve never seen anything like it. I gave it three weeks before Lydia started snifﬁng round somewhere else and Ronnie said a fortnight. George, bless him, reckoned a couple of months but men have no idea how gloriously ﬁckle we can be when we’re bored. Anyway, as far as we can make out, we’re all wrong: she doesn’t seem to have even thought about anyone else. ’ Josephine agreed. ‘I wasn’t with them for very long, but Lydia did seem happy.