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Fear in the Sunlight

An Angel With Two Faces - English Jacket'Fear of the dark is natural, we all have it, but fear in the sunlight...where it is so unexpected - that is interesting.' Alfred Hitchcock*

Summer, 1936. Josephine Tey joins her friends in the holiday village of Portmeirion to celebrate her fortieth birthday. Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma Reville, are there to sign a deal to film Josephine's novel, A Shilling for Candles, and Hitchcock has one or two tricks up his sleeve to keep the holiday party entertained - and expose their deepest fears. But things get out of hand when one of Hollywood's leading actresses is brutally slashed to death in a cemetery near the village. The following day, as fear and suspicion take over in a setting where nothing - and no one - is quite what it seems, Chief Inspector Archie Penrose becomes increasingly unsatisfied with the way the investigation is ultimately resolved. Several years later, another horrific murder, again linked to a Hitchcock movie, drives Penrose back to the scene of the original crime to uncover the shocking truth.


'Any crime aficianado...should make room for Nicola Upson's novels.'
Daily Telegraph


The Independent on Sunday, 1 April 2012
"Nicola Upson's Josephine Tey mysteries are a class above the usual crime fiction. They shimmer with a love for theri prewar setting and the artistic circles Tey, a real-life detective novelist, frequented..." read more


"British author Upson surpasses herself with her mesmerizing and psychologically complex fourth whodunit featuring real-life mystery writer Josephine Tey."
Publisher's Weekly (starred review) read more


Cover illustrations by Mick Wiggins.


Fear in the Sunlight - Portmeirion  Fear in the Sunlight - Hitchcock   Fear in the Sunlight - Hitchcock


*From Charlotte Chandler's It's Only a Movie: Alfred Hitchcock - a Personal Biography (Simon & Schuster)


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