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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.
She lives with her partner in Cambridge, and spends much of her time in Cornwall, where the next novel in the series is set.
Harking back to the detective crime novels of yesteryear this second book in the series follows Josephine Tey (a fictionalised version of the author) stumbling across murder and intrigue as she holidays in Cornwall. Lovely descriptions of the Cornish landscape and plenty of sleuthing from Tey and Inspector Archie Penrose makes for an imaginative and lively crime novel.
This is the first in a new series starring Jessica Tey. Jessica Tey was a crime writer and playwright in the 1920’s and 30’s and Upson has created a fictional side of the author, placing her in the middle of a murder investigation. Tey does not become the ‘Miss Marple’ of the book but is essential to the plot and adds the feel of the 1930’s to a novel that is still very modern and relevant to today. We are sure this series will go from strength to strength.