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Called to the peaceful churchyard of St-John's-at-Hampstead, Detective Chief Inspector Archie Penrose faces one of the most audacious murders of his career, leading him to Cambridge, where both Josephine Tey and Archie's previous lover, Bridget, have settled down together.

It is uncovered that there has been a series of vicious attacks against women in town, spreading fear in the community. Archie and Josephine must race to stop another attack in this beautifully written, intricately plotted mystery.

©2017 Nicola Upson (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Historical crime fiction at its very best." ( Sunday Times)
"For fans of period British crime fiction, this...delivers deft plotting and evocations of the era through charming descriptions." ( Library Journal on London Rain)

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  • Chris
  • 05-11-2017

Excellent addition to the series

This story takes the stories of MRJames as it’s starting point rather than a real life murder, and it works as well as Upson’s other Tey novels. The continuation of the emotional lives of the characters is believable, though I’m hoping it gets less rather than more complicated. It’s the problem with multiple volume tales, like soap operas they have to have things happen - though things don’t happen in real life. Should art imitate life? Yes - or what else is it for, and anyway it’s been the modus operandi of this series of novels.

One small point - in real life people don’t nod. They say yes. Enid Blyton’s eponymous character does, but he’s a doll.

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  • Jackie Davies
  • 21-05-2018

Best story I have read in ages

The characters are so believable and are very likeable too. The story is gripping and the narrator is fantastic you almost believe it is a play as she brings the character to life. A great read can’t wait for the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-2018

Gessed the murder from near the start but do not care

I really liked this book because it seemed like there were a lot of themes explored in it that were sensitively and well handled. I was less quick to like some of the most resent books in the series i think because for what ever reason the motives and the behaviour of the people in the stories and their actions did not quite become coherent and there seemed to be some misery for misery sake (fear in the sunlight comes to mind) (i know i know i am an avid listener to crime fiction so glass houses perhaps) however by comparison though very dark this book avoided being that way. As for guessing who did i am still sticking up for the book as it was a powerful motive and i did not see the exact reason why. If it helps get a feel of what guessing the murder means to me in terms of a book it usually spells doom and i often don't bother to read all the way but jut flip to the end. I have to like and be interested in the people and if your like me then you may well wish to give this book a go. I do have one competing interest in that i lived in cambridge for a wile and it had that added fun of recognising locations but on the flip side i love and have visited portmarion many times and that did not make me feel very well disposed to the book set there.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-03-2018

Superb!

Would you listen to Nine Lessons again? Why?

This was absolutely riveting and Sandra Duncan really brings the characters to life. I highly recommend this series by Nicola Upson and, although references are made in each book to the story line in previous books, this just adds to the depth of the characters. I sat on the sofa with a cup of tea and listened for two hours, just couldn't wait to listen to more.

What other book might you compare Nine Lessons to, and why?

Not sure I would be able to compare Nine Lessons to any other book. For me it's incomparable.

Which character – as performed by Sandra Duncan – was your favourite?

Josephine Tey was my favourite character and Sandra Duncan made me feel that I'd met all the characters. A close second was Bill Fallowfield, he seemed to be a warm human being.

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  • Flint
  • 18-12-2017

I loved it

I love this series, I have enjoyed all the books and I am looking forward to the next book. This one was sad and I missed some of the usual chemistry between the characters but it was good. I couldn't stop listening and when I reached the end I felt a real sense of loss.

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  • christinaroberts1953
  • 15-02-2018

corrupted

unable to read book as it is corrupted. need a refund please or extra credit

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