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 issues that resonate in an international nonetheless haunted by means of warfare. yet pleasure turns to horror while her arrival coincides with the homicide of a tender girl she had befriended at the teach ride—and Tey is plunged right into a secret as confusing as any in her personal works. Detective Inspector Archie Penrose is confident that the killing is hooked up to the play, and that Tey herself is at risk of changing into a sufferer of her personal good fortune. 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 appears cease at not anything.

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His mood lifted briefly the minute he set foot on Westminster Bridge. He was by no means a fan of Romantic poetry, but he was willing to settle his differences with Wordsworth and concede that the earth had nothing fairer to show than this stretch of the river. It had, of course, changed considerably since those words were written, but its beauty had not diminished: the view of the Houses of Parliament and Victoria Tower, with the majestic sweep of buildings which now lined Millbank as far as Lambeth Bridge, was truly splendid.

Four years of battling with earth and suffocation as well as with an unseen enemy played lasting tricks on the mind, and the fear and anxiety of those years had haunted Aubrey ever since. On one occasion, not long after the war had ended, his wife had endeavoured to free him of his crippling claustrophobia by persuading him to try the underground at Piccadilly Circus. Before he was halfway down the steps, he could smell burning hair once again, and the pounding of his heart sounded in his head like the muffled thud of a miner’s pick.

If his life was so miserable that he had nothing else worth living for, that can hardly be laid at your door. ’ ‘I know you’re right, but it doesn’t alter the fact that this afternoon I’m supposed to be signing a contract to license a tour of Richard, and perhaps even to make a film, when I really feel like putting a stop to the whole thing before anybody else gets hurt. I know it’s making everybody rich and famous, but I’m beginning to believe that the play is cursed and I don’t see why we need to inflict that on theatres all around the country.

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