When Josephine Tey inherited a remote Suffolk cottage from her godmother, it came full of secrets. There were the infamous Red Barn murders, committed in the grounds a century before, and still casting a shadow over the village. And there was Lucy Kyte, the mysterious beneficiary of her godmother’s will, who no-one in the close-knit village would admit to knowing.
Trapped in this isolated community and surrounded by shadows of obsession, abuse and deceit, can Josephine untangle history from present danger and prevent a deadly cycle beginning once again?
©2013 Nicola Upson (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
"A new and assured talent." (P. D. James)
"Any crime aficionado should make room for Nicola Upson's novels." (Daily Telegraph)
Nicola Upson leads you into the characters so well you start to want to know them more and more. Twists and Turns do not stray deeply away from the plot as some can but provide depth
Lucy Kyte as the narrative builds you begin to see the world as she did
Sandra Duncan is a reliable narrator you always feel you have read the book in your own voice.
Bit of laugh and cry with this one but always left feeling complete. Not cheated at the end of a book as you can be with some other books
Have enjoyed all of Nicola Upsons books a good mystery not all blood and gore solid detective work with Josephine Upson
It is slow, but give it a chance and you'll quite like it.
A lady is left a cottage by her seldom visited godmother. There is a lot of history surrounding the site and its belongings, with possible supernatural consequences. If you like Barbara Erskine you'll like this.
"Great but not perfect."
Not as good as Upsons previous Tey novels but a good one nevertheless. I like the long listen and the world building descriptions. This mystery may not be as fast paced or as exciting as the previous ones and it certainly feels contrived at times but it is still much better than a lot of the offerings around at the moment.
Maybe more Archie. Continuing the Marta theme is a mistake as it didn't go down very well with Tey's family or fans as it isn't base on any kind of evidence. Can feel like the novel is descending into sentimentality at times.
Great Narrator, brings warmth and feeling to the characters.
The past never stays hidden.
Slow to start but enjoyable. once I got into it. It's good how the characters become more rounded with each book.
"Great read with real sympathy for the characters."
Wonderful voice work adds to this tale of Suffolk and Scotland with real historical ambiance.
Beautifully written. gripping story, great narrator
The historical content and, I didn't guess the end
Sandra Duncan is a good story teller
"Slow,no dramatic tension,more soap than thriller"
Making it clear early on that the death was suspicious.
Introducing an element of menace, putting the heroine at risk.
Adding some detecting to the story.
Getting rid of the ridiculous ghost story aspect.
not put off the genre, but put off the author.
why on earth this book was included in the Sunday Times list of top 50 crime thrillers I'll never know.
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