Fear in the Sunlight
'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.'
The Independent on Sunday, 1 April 2012
"British author Upson surpasses herself with her mesmerizing and psychologically complex fourth whodunit featuring real-life mystery writer Josephine Tey."
Cover illustrations by Mick Wiggins. www.mickwiggins.com
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