Nine Lessons by Nicola Upson

Reviewed by Harriet Nine Lessons is the seventh of Nicola Upson’s crime novels featuring the mystery writer Josephine Tey (1896-1952). I normally have a few reservations about the seemingly fashionable trend of making real writers the subject of fictional books, but I’ve been a fan of Josephine Tey’s brilliant crime novels for as long as…

Q&A with Nicola Upson

Interview by Harriet It’s seven years since your first ‘Josephine Tey’ novel, An Expert in Murder, was published by Faber, and this year sees London Rain, the sixth in this highly successful series (reviewed here [link]).  You clearly hit on a brilliant idea – using Josephine Tey, a detective novelist (1896-1952) as a detective in…

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London Rain by Nicola Upson

Reviewed by Rob Spence Josephine Tey was a writer of unusual detective fiction in the so-called  Golden Age of the genre. Her best-known, and most unusual novel was The Daughter of Time, in which a policeman recovering in hospital tries to rehabilitate the reputation of Richard III, concluding that the princes in the tower were…

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The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash

Reviewed by Harriet I have certain reservations about novels in which the central character is someone who really existed. Sometimes it works really well, as for example in the case of Mrs Engels by Gavin McCrea, or the Josephine Tey novels of Nicola Upson. Other times, though I won’t name names, I’ve been a bit…

Shiny Index: Fiction

Welcome to the Shiny Master Index – Fiction Books featured are indexed by author surname and will have appeared either in Fiction or Reprints sections of Shiny New Books. The links will take you directly to the review or BookBuzz article associated with it. If you want to search for a particular title or reviewer, we…

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Josephine Tey by Jennifer Morag Henderson

Reviewed by Harriet I can’t tell you how excited I was when I heard there was finally going to be a proper biography of the great crime writer Josephine Tey, whose real name was Elizabeth MacKintosh and who wrote plays under the name Gordon Daviot. Indeed, she seems to have been part of my life…

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Fiction

Welcome to our summer fiction selection. Our header photo features Harry helping with the books this time. To help you find your way through the reviews, they are listed alphabetically by title on your right, or we’ve grouped them by theme below. As always, there is a selection of paperback releases in the mix, and don’t…

BookBuzz

Author Features Writing The Midwife’s Daughter and Aren’t We Sisters? Bailey’s longlisted author Patricia Ferguson talks about the genesis of her two related novels. The Inspiration behind Hush Sara Marshall-Ball tells us how a creative writing exercise became her debut novel. Writing About Secrets, the False Self and Insecure Identities in my Novel, Sugar and…