Fear in the Sunlight (Josephine Tey Series #4)

Fear in the Sunlight (Josephine Tey Series #4)

by Nicola Upson


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ISBN-13: 9780062195432
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/09/2013
Series: Josephine Tey Series , #4
Pages: 412
Sales rank: 480,564
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Nicola Upson is the award-winning author of several novels, including An Expert in Murder, Angel With Two Faces, and Two for Sorrow. She is also the author of a number of non-fiction books, including Mythologies and In Good Company. Nicola lives in the UK.

Wanda McCaddon has won more than twenty-five AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Seamstress by Sara Tuvel Bernstein, for which she also earned a coveted Audie Award. AudioFile magazine has also named her one of recording's Golden Voices. Wanda appears regularly on the professional stage in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Fear in the Sunlight 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
Fear in the Sun­light by Nicola Upson is a mys­tery novel tak­ing place in 1936. This is the fourth book in a series star­ring author Josephine Tey. Author Josephine Tey and her friends go to cel­e­brate her 40th birth­day at the resort vil­lage of Port­meirion. They are to meet Alfred Hitch­cock and his wife to discuss turn­ing Josephine’s novel into a movie. When a Hol­ly­wood star­let gets mur­dered in a nearby ceme­tery Chief Inspec­tor Archie Pen­rose becomes involved, yet he is unsat­is­fied with the way the inves­ti­ga­tion was resolved. Sev­eral years later, another mur­der hap­pens, also linked to a Hitchcock’s movie. Pen­rose goes back to the scene to try to uncover the truth. The rea­son I chose to read Fear in the Sun­light by Nicola Upson was because Alfred Hitch­cock was in the story, I had no idea it was part of a series and prob­a­bly wouldn't have noticed either until I read it somewhere. I was look­ing for­ward to read a good mys­tery which was some­what involved in Hitchcock’s movies. How­ever the famed direc­tor is a char­ac­ter in this novel much like any­one else. Granted, not every­one has his inse­cu­ri­ties and eccen­tric­i­ties but there is no Hitch­cock spe­cific take on the story. The story was very slow to start but once it got going it held my inter­est until the end, but the large cast of char­ac­ters kept me con­fused and I had to re-read some sec­tions to make sure I had the story correct. I felt the author was try­ing to do sev­eral things in this novel, while inter­est­ing none of them really shine or come to the front. The mys­tery, Josephine Tey’s per­sonal life, Hitchcock’s per­son­al­ity, mar­riage, show busi­ness, police work and oth­ers are all part of the story. How­ever, it seemed that Ms. Upson was also try­ing to tie her story to Hitchcock’s themes of voyeurism, sus­pense, mis­taken iden­ti­ties, the charm­ing sociopath, as well as wink and nods to the great director’s films (stair­cases, bell tower and more). While as a movie buff I appre­ci­ated those nods, I felt they pushed the actual story to the back­ground. I was less inter­ested in Ms. Tey’s part of the story and wanted to read more about Chief Inspec­tor Pen­rose who I felt was a more inter­est­ing character. This novel needs to be read with care and atten­tion, sim­ply breez­ing through it would con­fuse the reader due to the sev­eral sto­ries and time­lines. After a slow start, the novel is a worth­while read which deliv­ers on the mys­tery aspect being pro­moted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me see if I have this straight - the pseudonymous author, Josephine Tey, is really lesbian and the male Detective Penrose is still pining for her years after her death? How VERY unlikely! Apparently I missed the outrage Upsom perpetrated earlier, where she had Tey in a torrid love affair with an actress. Upson has said in an interview that she and her "partner" discovered and decoded an extended love letter to the real Tey from an actress, and you could tell from the gloating that followed that they could hardly wait to out her. I cannot tell you how much I despise people who take it upon themselves to shine spotlights on things people MAY have fone and kept private (I say MAY! because I've found no cofirnation if this eksewhere and I am not going to take the word odf such an unscrupulous agenda-pusher).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got in middle of series then went back and borrowed. Dragged and boring and what does bi gender have to do with a murder mystery anyway will not read on in this series
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Anonymous 20 days ago
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nocto on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A book full of lots of short chapters; I pretty much read it one chapter at a time and didn't get the hang of the plot or the characters at all for a long time. I was getting characters muddled up for a good two thirds of the book. Another Josephine Tey mystery with a large role for Alfred Hitchcock, I'm not a film person and think there were a lot of film references here that I didn't really get. In the end I liked it, I've enjoyed the rest of the series and look forward to more, but I think I would have enjoyed it much more if I'd read it in large chunks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LIKE THE PREMISE-WOULD READ MORE BECAUSE I love the period & Josephine Tey
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Lays staring into his pool.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
everything too unfinished to make sense of plot but read last chapter
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate AGENDA PUSHING authors and/or publishers.