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Publisher's Summary

Summer, 1936: Josephine Tey joins her friends in the resort village of Portmeirion to celebrate her 40th birthday. Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma Reville, are there to sign a deal to film Josephine's novel, A Shilling for Candles, and Alfred 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, fear and suspicion take over in a setting where nothing-and no one-is quite what it seems.

©2013 Nicola Upson (P)2014 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Excellent. . . . Upson upsets [listeners'] expectations with a surprise that keeps the suspense high to the satisfying conclusion." ( Publishers Weekly, Starred Review)

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  • United States
  • 05-28-17

Gruesome

You'll need a high tolerance for gruesomeness and violence towards women to get through this. Not sure why the narrator gave Indian accents to the Welsh characters.

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Setting is all

Love the characters and setting, blending Upson's cast and real personalities. Story was confusing listen, I had to backtrack often.

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distracting subplot

I am an avid listener of murder mystery series. From the first book in this series, I was a little sickened by the graphic detail of what the murder victim is feeling and thinking throughout their murder. I like a little more left to the imagination. As I listened my way through the series of books, I felt strongly that the author was a lesbian and exploring her life as one through the main character. As the books progressed, half of the book was the main character discovering she's homosexual. I have no problem with that, in a different type of book, but not in a murder mystery. These seem to be the main bulk of the book, exploring sexuality and the suffering of a murder victim, with a few strange, hard to follow twists thrown in to fill out the book. I've already purchased the next book and must decide whether to listen to it or not, but for only the second time in my life, I will not be listening to a series in it's entirety.

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Disappointing narrator

After listening to the wonderful Davina Porter in the first 3 books, the narrator for this book was a great disappointment. Her attempt at Welsh accents resulted in several characters sounding more Indian than anything else and was very distracting. Enjoyable story, but the narration left much to be desired.

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Disappointed

I enjoyed the first 2 books but this one left an awful lot to be desired. Plot is somewhat of a buffet with OK portions but really did not jell as a whole. I already bought the next 2 books so here's hoping they are better than this one.

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  • 12-10-16

Wrong Narrator

Davina Porter should have narrated the entire series. This narrator ruined the recording for me

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Interesting but......

I have enjoyed the books in the series but the crimes seem to become more and more gruesome!