• Sorry for the Dead

  • A Josephine Tey Mystery
  • By: Nicola Upson
  • Narrated by: Helen Lloyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (326 ratings)

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Sorry for the Dead

By: Nicola Upson
Narrated by: Helen Lloyd
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Publisher's summary

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 Blackstone Publishing

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Meh

That about sums it up--not really bad, not really good. Okay if you have a membership and you want a British mystery, but only because it's included in the membership. It would have been irritating if I'd spent a credit on it. I guess the famous people aspect is part of the appeal, but to me, setting a big chunk of it at Charleston House and putting in Lopokovna, Keynes, Grant and Bell is a cheap way to jazz up the book. Give ordinary names to those characters and to the house and you can see how bland the whole thing is.

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Worth a listen

This is the first mystery I have read by Nicola Upson. It offered a unique perspective and an unexpected resolution.

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what a great story!

The back story on the character is what is intriguing. You truly do not know who is at the heart of this mystery.

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Underwhelming

Lovely writing, good characters, decent performance, transparent plot. More about lesbian adolescents coming of age and figuring out who they are, than a mystery. Who did it obvious from the middle of the book, which made the end frustrating.

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Great performance, very good story!

Excellent book that shows how important the gay rights movement is.
Nicola Upson does a fantastic job at the psychology of people
a few unsatisfactory and unexplained red herrings. I did not like the ending. plus I do not like why Josephine and Marta have such a fragile relationship.

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Women Might Like this Book

I wasn’t in the mind-set to read this book. War and complicated female relationships. I didn’t have the patience. FF through most of it, however some women might really enjoy the stop.

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Fabulous!

This book had me enthralled. What a murder mystery! My Husband and I finished it at 0500 and were up all night listening to it. She just writes a great story and this has been one of the best series I have ever read. Please get this series. You'll love it.