London Rain

London Rain

Book - 2015
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May, 1937, and London prepares to crown a new king. Bestselling writer Josephine Tey is in town to oversee a BBC radio production of her play, Queen of Scots - but adultery, treachery and pent-up jealousies stalk the corridors of Broadcasting House. At the height of the Coronation celebrations, Detective Chief Inspector Archie Penrose is called in to investigate the murder of one of the BBC's best-known broadcasters. A second victim - his mistress, and the play's leading actress - suggests that the motive lies close to home, but Josephine suspects that the killings are linked to a decade-old scandal. With Archie's hands tied by politics, and his attention taken by another, seemingly unrelated death, it is left to Josephine to get to the truth. As her relationship with Marta Fox reaches a turning point, she is forced to confront at first-hand the deadly consequences of love, deceit and betrayal.
Publisher: London, Faber & Faber,, 2015.
ISBN: 9780571287758
0571287751
Characteristics: 329 pages ; 24 cm.

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kountzcl
Jun 02, 2017

Not as captivating a mystery as the blurb claims... but I read to the end and appreciated the author's twist. She has a verbose style, with pairs of descriptive phrases where one would do as well. The London setting is not evoked as precisely as in the Nikki French mysteries.

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reeread
Jan 28, 2017

A great read for anyone interested in London, the BBC or the coronation of King George in the 1930s. Fascinating background to a complex murder mystery.

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maipenrai
Nov 26, 2016

The sixth book in the Josephine Tey series

MariePat Jul 24, 2016

I am not familiar with the other Josephine Tey books, so I wouldn't consider myself an expert. I found this book to be slow and plodding and I could not really get into the plot or characters.

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Activevoice
Jun 04, 2016

This is an interesting series based on the a fictional life of the writer Josephine Tey of "Daughter of Time" Fame . The FVL system doesn't have the first in the series but this novel isn't dependent on following the series. The novel provides an interesting insight into 1930's BBC, London, and Upson's writing is heavily influenced by P D James (a friend).

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