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"A deft and agreeably darker addition to the series."--Booklist "A smart, playful pleasure in an increasingly adventurous series."--Financial Times (London) A smart, playful pleasure in an increasingly adventurous series. --Financial Times (London)" A deft and agreeably darker addition to the series. --Booklist" Upson surpasses herself with her mesmerizing and psychologically complex fourth whodunit featuring real-life mystery writer Josephine Tey. . . . The melancholy tone and pitch-perfect prose add depth to the sinister plot. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)" "Upson surpasses herself with her mesmerizing and psychologically complex fourth whodunit featuring real-life mystery writer Josephine Tey. . . . The melancholy tone and pitch-perfect prose add depth to the sinister plot."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The year is 1936, and English crime novelist Josephine Tey is turning 40. A celebratory weekend has been planned in the idyllic resort village of Portmeirion, but the holiday is not entirely focused on leisure because famed director Alfred Hitchcock will also be present to discuss transforming one of her mysteries into a film. The festivities quickly turn sour when Hitchcock's penchant for mischief transforms a relaxing respite into a violent and deadly weekend. As usual, Tey's close friend CI Archie Penrose is close at hand to investigate. Verdict This novel is the fourth installment (after Two for Sorrow) in Upson's mysteries featuring real-life playwright and novelist Tey. This latest work is more concerned with concocting a tale about Tey's personal life, of which very little is actually known, than with weaving a compelling mystery. An abundance of characters and an overly intricate plot make for a long slog to the finish line. Recommended for purchase only if you have a strong following of the series.-Amy Nolan, St. Joseph, MI (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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