Angel with Two Faces (Josephine Tey Series #2)

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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 production at the nearby Minack Theater.

Detective Inspector Archie Penrose has returned to his roots in ...

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Overview

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 production at the nearby Minack Theater.

Detective Inspector Archie Penrose has returned to his roots in Cornwall to attend the funeral of a family friend, a young estate worker who died in a tragic riding accident. Penrose has a few questions about the circumstances surrounding the fatal occurrence. And when the Minack Theater proves to be the stage for a real-life tragedy, Penrose and Tey together must investigate an audacious murder and confront an evil suggesting that there are darker things than death.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
No classic detective fiction aficionado will want to miss Upson’s compelling sequel to 2008’s An Expert in Murder, which introduced mystery author Josephine Tey (1896-1952) as sleuth. In 1935, Tey’s close friend, Scotland Yard Inspector Archie Penrose, has returned on holiday to Cornwall, his childhood home, where he ends up attending the funeral of estate worker Harry Pinching, who drowned in Loe Pool, rumored to take a life every seven years. Most locals believe Pinching’s death was an accident, but Penrose and Tey, who joins the inspector in Cornwall, soon pick up on ominous undercurrents in the community that suggest otherwise. As the pair attempt to uncover the truth, Penrose witnesses another death that’s unquestionably murder. The subtle prose succeeds both at evoking the quiet splendor of the Cornish landscape and in capturing the tragedy and torment that plague many of the characters. The psychological sophistication will resonate with Charles Todd fans. (July)
Publishers Weekly
No classic detective fiction aficionado will want to miss Upson’s compelling sequel to 2008’s An Expert in Murder, which introduced mystery author Josephine Tey (1896–1952) as sleuth. In 1935, Tey’s close friend, Scotland Yard Inspector Archie Penrose, has returned on holiday to Cornwall, his childhood home, where he ends up attending the funeral of estate worker Harry Pinching, who drowned in Loe Pool, rumored to take a life every seven years. Most locals believe Pinching’s death was an accident, but Penrose and Tey, who joins the inspector in Cornwall, soon pick up on ominous undercurrents in the community that suggest otherwise. As the pair attempt to uncover the truth, Penrose witnesses another death that’s unquestionably murder. The subtle prose succeeds both at evoking the quiet splendor of the Cornish landscape and in capturing the tragedy and torment that plague many of the characters. The psychological sophistication will resonate with Charles Todd fans. (July)
Library Journal
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 the disappearance of a local youth. Family secrets abound in this Cornish community, and the duo learn that the truth, so long buried, can be a very dangerous thing. Unexpected plot twists will keep readers thoroughly engaged until the tale's sobering, yet satisfying, conclusion. Upson does a fine job of incorporating snippets of Tey's actual works, but it is not necessary for the reader to be familiar with them to enjoy this mystery. There are deeper themes running through this novel such as the effect of war on an entire generation and how religious faith can help or hinder an individual.Verdict Fans of classic Golden Age mysteries and detective fiction will find much to like in this engaging and inventive read.—Amy Nolan, MSIS, St. Joseph, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Josephine Tey (An Expert in Murder, 2008) finds murderous inspiration in Cornwall. What's a writer to do when she's bereft of ideas? Seeking a plot for her second mystery, Tey accepts an invitation to Cornwall, where her good friend, Scotland Yard Inspector Archie Penrose, has returned to attend the funeral of Harry Pinching, who fell from his horse and drowned, to the great distress of his twin sister Morwenna and younger sibling Loveday. Soon after a local curate delivers a rather unfeeling eulogy, he gets his own shot at being eulogized when he's pushed off a cliff during the amateur production Harry was to star in. Suddenly, Miss Tey has many plotlines to choose from, including the curate's unrequited love, the vicar's embezzlement of church money, a gamekeeper's brutalization of his wife, the parentage of the undertaker's missing son and the origins of the fire that killed Harry's parents years ago. Moreover, Archie's mum, like the gamekeeper's wife, may have been abused, and there's something decidedly dicey about the closeness Harry and Morwenna shared. The Tey pen is soon busy assigning crimes, motives and retribution. You'd have to be daft not to savor Cornwall in the '30s and the fictional sleuthing of real-life mystery writer Josephine Tey.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061451577
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/29/2010
  • Series: Josephine Tey Series , #2
  • Pages: 439
  • Sales rank: 434,868
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicola Upson is the author of four previous Josephine Tey mysteries, including An Expert in Murder, and two works of nonfiction. She has worked in theater and as a freelance journalist. A recipient of an Escalator Award from the Arts Council England, she splits her time between Cambridge and Cornwall.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    Well written mystery with surprise ending!

    Great development of characters living in a remote, English seaside community. The close-knit community holds many secrets which are eventually exposed after the body of a young man is recovered from a lake. Was it a suicide or murder?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    The potential for a really good english mystery is here

    but keeps losing it as the plots go every which way. i read them all out of order exept last one and its difficult to point out just what is wrong. teys own mysteries are tight and though not many were all very different with great side characters and wonderful descriptions of the countryside mom

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    Should be on any list with PD James

    I became a fan of Josephine Tey a few years ago and was fascinated with this series as it stars this wonderful writer. Ms. Upson herself is one of the best I have read. Her character development, her ability to make you visualize and feel what you are reading is beautiful. I love the idea that she takes certain instances in the real Ms Tey's life and makes them part of the story-sometimes a major part as in her first book, sometimes a minor part as in starting to write A Shilling For Candles in this book. Well done Ms upson. And thank you.

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