Angel with Two Faces (Josephine Tey #2)
Exhausted and disillusioned with the world of theater in May 1935, Josephine Tey has traveled to Cornwall to spend the summer with her friends the Motleys at their run-down but beautiful country estate. Ready to begin work on her second mystery novel, Tey finds much to inspire her in the landscape and its legends. Meanwhile, the Motleys have become involved in an amateur...more
This book did describe the lovely landscape that is in Cornwall, but most of the action took place on a family estate. One of the reviews ...more
This is the second in a series of mysteries which feature Josephine Tey (real-life mystery author). It is set on a country estate in Cornwall where Tey has been invited to visit by her friend (and possible romantic interest police inspector Archie Penrose. The first book in the series was set in London with the focus on the theatre, since Tey was also a playwright. I found the first one to be more unique and it hel ...more
Also, way too much incest running through the plotline. And in one case, some of the characters treat it with a hint of normalcy, pushing the "ick" factor to a much higher degree. Sheesh, I can see why Archie chooses to live in London. His home village is filled with truly despicable peo ...more
I enjoyed this slow moving mystery and the style of writing.
The book starts with Josephine Tey dealing with a writer's block. Her friend Archie Penrose inv ...more
This book has almost too much in it in addition to murder: incest, domestic violence, rape, lies, institutionalize prostitution. Lots of bang for your buck, no question. The story came tog ...more
Lovely Cornish countryside thrown in for atmosphere, as unreal as a theatrical backdrop, as is Josephine Tey.
No idea why she was there at all. She seems to be entirely peripheral. The taut, spare prose, succinct characterization, looming sense of overtaking events that is Josepine Tey is totally absent. Just go read "A Shilling for Candles". While not one of her best, It's much better than this.
So, the plot. A doomed family loses yet an ...more
In Upson's second installment (after An Expert in Murder) featuring real-life mystery novelist Josephine Tey, it is 1935, and a tragic drowning in Cornwall brings Detective Inspector Archie Penrose back to his family's estate. Intending to escape London for a short holiday, Tey joins him there planning to work on her next novel. Rest and relaxation are soon forgotten as the two become entangled in a murder investigation and ...more
This death, however, sets off an investigation that uncovers many dark secrets and ferocity that belies the bucolic first imp ...more
And, at 448 pages, the book is way too long. It's an interestin ...more
This is the second book by Nicola Upson featuring the author Josephine Tey as the protagonist in a murder mystery. It’s important to realize that the Miss Tey of this book is a completely fictional character, based loosely on the historical author. For the most part the story was compelling, had good atmosphere and a few plot twists that weren’t completely predictable. The story takes place in Cornwall, between the world wars. There are wonderful descrip ...more
The mystery itself is very compelling. The plot twists and turns, leaving the reader having to incorporate new information that renders previous conclusi ...more
Nicola is currently writing the sixth book in the 'Jos ...more