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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 subject matters that resonate in a global nonetheless haunted via conflict. yet pleasure turns to horror whilst 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 difficult as any in her personal works. Detective Inspector Archie Penrose is confident that the killing is attached to the play, and that Tey herself is at risk of turning 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 forestall a ruthless killer who will it appears cease at not anything.

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She asked sarcastically. ‘She was stabbed in the compartment of the train,’ he replied, ignoring the bait. ’ ‘If only I had gone after her,’ she said, her anger disappearing as suddenly as it had come. ’ ‘You couldn’t have saved her,’ he said, gently. ’ Josephine’s face was still turned to the window, but he could tell from her voice that any counsel against self-reproach was futile. ‘You know, just an hour ago I was looking across at the theatre, half expecting to see her in the queue already,’ she said, sadly.

I came to meet her in the van like I always do,’ he began, ‘but when I got here one of the guards told me that the train was late and wouldn’t get in for an hour and a half or so. I often have to wait and usually I just kick my heels on the platform or have a cup of tea round the corner, but today I hadn’t finished my round and I thought an hour would give me just about enough time to drop off the last order and still be back here to meet Elspeth. That way, we could go straight home and there’d be plenty of room in the back for the new stock she was bringing down.

Like I said, there are more important things and I need to decide once and for all what I’m going to do before I see them. I’m sure Ronnie and Lettice would go for me if I asked them to, so at least I’ll know what happens. ’ Archie stood up, ready to leave. ’ He kissed her briefly at the door. ‘It’s nice to see you,’ he said, smiling for the first time that morning. 47 Four It was turning into the sort of day that made even the most faithful of Londoners question their devotion to the city. An unyielding stretch of cloud settled heavily over the rooftops, draining the colour from everything it touched before dissolving, at street level, into a half-hearted, depressing mist.

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