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At once a compelling murder mystery and a moving exploration of love and grief, critically acclaimed author Nicola Upson's eighth Josephine Tey mystery is a force to be reckoned with. 

In the summer of 1915, the sudden death of a young girl brings grief and notoriety to Charleston Farmhouse on the Sussex Downs. 

Years later, Josephine Tey returns to the same house - now much changed - and remembers the two women with whom she once lodged as a young teacher during the Great War. As past and present collide, with murders decades apart, Josephine is forced to face the possibility that the scandal which threatened to destroy those women's lives hid a much darker secret.

©2019 Nicola Upson (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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sorry for the dead

Not as good as previous books in this series. It was rather laboured in parts

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  • Ms T.
  • 03-10-2020

An enthralling tale set around the Suusex Downs

Set in Suusex initially during the First World War and then the 1930s. the tragic death of a young girl unravels the lives of the women at the centre of the story and the repercussions last for the rest of their lives. The central character, Josephine Tey, tries in later life to discover the truth of what happened and why, but there is no simple answer. The social constraints of the time and attitudes to women create the context for what happened and the impact on all those involved. The places and some of the characters are based on real places and real people, including Josephine Tey of course, which makes one wonder how much of the story is founded in fact. It was very enjoyable walking well known parts of the South the Downs with the characters and visiting familiar places while being engrossed in the story. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I am now going to research the background to see how much really is based on fact. I see that this may be part of a series by Nicola Upson based on Josephine Tey"s mysteries. I think I will keep this as a stand alone good read, at least for the moment, as I don't want to dilute my enjoyment of this book by finding it is part of a formula.

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  • The Curator
  • 11-04-2020

Death in the greenhouse

Nasty dangerous places, gardens! Good to have Archie’s cousins back in this one set around Charleston in Sussex.

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  • Susan Joy
  • 29-12-2019

Captivating but with a ‘but’ at the end.

I will not do a spoiler of the plot here.....however . The story kept me hooked and Nicola did a good job of different times and the happenings taking us back in order to understand the now of the book. I loved the references made to places East Sussex and Lewes being very familiar to me. BUT no to the murderer and the complexity of guilt and shame that hang around the book....even if the prejudices of the time were true are unbelievable.

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