class MsoNormal style MARGIN 0in 0in 0pt LINE HEIGHT normal As befits a tribute to the golden age of Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers et al., there are plot twists, plot turns and red herrings aplenty.Time Out LondonReal life British mystery writer Josephine Tey returns as a fictional sleuth in Angel with Two Facesthe second atmospheric mystery in Nicola Upsons wonderfully inventive series In this riveting sequel to Expert in Murder, Tey, in league with intrepid policeman Detective Inspector Archie Penrose, is called upon to help unravel a dark and perplexing crime at a Cornwall country house and backstage at a local theater Fans of P.D James and of British noir in general will adore Angel with Two Facesa traditional mystery with a twistand this writer whom Ms James herself calls, A new and assured talent....
|Title||:||Angel with Two Faces: A Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey (Josephine Tey Mysteries)|
|Publisher||:||HarperCollins e books 17 Juni 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||161 Pages|
|File Size||:||766 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Angel with Two Faces: A Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey (Josephine Tey Mysteries) Reviews
I love all Nicola Upson books that I have read so far, but this will be my favourite. I absolute loved the setting, the people, the development, the suspense - I was able to lose myself in the story and never guessed the ending ... which then made absolute sense though ;-)
This is a complex psychological murder mystery. Based on a biography I read of Josephine Tey, contrary to other reviewers, the character in the novel seems consistent with the personality and life of the real Josephine Tey. It is true that the story involves incest, an abortion induced by an herbal practitioner (who believes the pregnancy was the result of brother/sister incest), and five murders and one suicide plus wife beating. However all violence takes place "off stage" so, unlike thrillers which describe each gruesome act of a psychopath, this one does not go into detail. The setting is Cornwall, near Penzance. The story begins with the death by accident or murder or suicide of Archie Penrose's cousin Harry in a lake. This happens before Archie and Josephine arrive at Archie's ancestral home for a vacation. Because there is some doubt about the circumstances surrounding Harry's death, both Archie and Josephine start asking questions out of curiousity. During a performance at an open air theatre near the cliffs, Archie witnesses someone push his cousin Nathaniel, the village curate, off the cliff. The local magistrate asks Archie to officially investigate the murder of Nathaniel. Archie and Josephine dig up more secrets and eventually arrive at the truth.I enjoyed this novel as much as the first in the series. I am surprised at the low number of average stars, but when I read the reviews, I could see that it was because many people had different expectations for mystery novels than I have. I believe those reviewers should stick with simpler cozy mystery writers like Diane Harman (light and airy, no psychological or complex elements, but does include recipes) and stay away from more complex modern mysteries like those written by Ian Rankin, Elizabeth George, and others mystery writers such as Upson. I found this a very good mystery, not as good as Elizabeth George but quite good. The end was satisfying. Archie and Josephine make a good team. We learn Archie's family history: at one point he was going to become a doctor, but the death of his father changed his mind. He decided that as a doctor, he might become arrogant and decide to play God.
I join other reviewers in not quite seeing why one would use Josephine Tey (whose books I love, and reread every few years) as a character in crime thrillers. I read a few Upsons, but now have enough of the endless psychological analyses of characters who never seem to come truly alive -- what happened to the maxim 'show, don't tell'? And a great problem in the formatting of this Kindle version is the fact that there are no spaces between a dash and the preceding and following words; as the author seems rather fond of dashes this soon gets very annoying, and sometimes confusing. I'm tempted to send the book back.
Not as good as the first book. Moves way too slow. Perhaps Ms. Upson's affection for Cornwall lends to an overabundance of descriptive passages regarding the Cornish countryside, thus bogging down the narrative.Also, way too much incest running through the plotline. And in once 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 people. I'm with Josephine, I couldn't stand Morveth and her self-righteous meddling. And who the heck names their kid Loveday?Regarding a discussion Archie and Josephine had about his father. In 1935, I don't believe the term "dementia" was part of popular usage. The term most people used was "senility". The word really jerked me out of the story.The twist concerning Harry near the end was certainly unexpected. Not enough to raise the rating, however. And the climax to the whole sordid affair was ridiculously melodramatic. Josephine and the Motley sisters were the only bright spots in an otherwise average book. Oh, and I did like Loveday, though not the name nor the way people treated her.
Another great Upson novel starring fictional Josephine Tey as the amateur detective who helps her closest friend, a Scotland Yard inspector, solve complicated mysteries. An atmospheric, clever novel about Britain in the 1930s, the book has interesting characters and a memorable plot. The descriptions of Cornwall are lovely.
Josephine Tey is one of my favorite authors and I found this series by Nicola Upson, featuring Tey as the central character of the mystery, to be both presumptuous and offensive. Upson's writing is good and her plots interesting, but using a beloved author's name and persona to attract readers is a cheap shot. On what information she bases her characterization of Tey we are not told, but I found it distasteful and unnecessary. I read the first several of this series in sequence growing more disappointed and disgusted with each volume. I cannot recommend this series to anyone who appreciates Tey's own works.