Josephine Tey

14 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,715 ratings

An Expert in Murder Publisher's Summary

March 1934. Revered mystery writer Josephine Tey is traveling from Scotland to London for the final week of her play Richard of Bordeaux, the surprise hit of the season, with pacifist themes that resonate in a world still haunted by war. But joy turns to horror when her arrival coincides with the murder of a young woman she had befriended on the train ride - and Tey is plunged into a mystery as puzzling as any in her own works. Detective Inspector Archie Penrose is convinced that the killing is connected to the play, and that Tey herself is in danger of becoming a victim of her own success. In the aftermath of a second murder, the writer and the policeman must join together to stop a ruthless killer who will apparently stop at nothing.

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  • Book 1

    • An Expert in Murder

    • By: Nicola Upson
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 983
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 878
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 877

    Revered mystery writer Josephine Tey is traveling from Scotland to London for the final week of her play Richard of Bordeaux, the surprise hit of the season, with pacifist themes that resonate in a world still haunted by war. But joy turns to horror when her arrival coincides with the murder of a young woman she had befriended on the train ride - and Tey is plunged into a mystery as puzzling as any in her own works.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Quite good!

    • By Maine Knitter on 08-12-16

    Regular price: $20.97

    • An Expert In Murder: Josephine Tey Series, Book 1

    • By: Nicola Upson
    • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
    • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    It's March 1934, and Josephine Tey is travelling from Scotland to London to celebrate what should be the triumphant final week of her celebrated play, Richard of Bordeaux. However, a seemingly senseless murder puts her reputation, and even her life, under threat.

    Regular price: $20.88

  • Book 2

    • Angel with Two Faces

    • By: Nicola Upson
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 218
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 196

    Exhausted and disillusioned with the world of theater in May 1935, Josephine Tey has traveled to Cornwall to spend the summer with her friends, the Motleys, at their run-down but beautiful country estate. Ready to begin work on her second mystery novel, Tey finds much to inspire her in the landscape and its legends. Meanwhile, the Motleys have become involved in an amateur production at the nearby Minack Theater. Detective Inspector Archie Penrose has returned to his roots in Cornwall to attend the funeral of a family friend, a young estate worker....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good but...

    • By Maine Knitter on 08-22-16

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Angel with Two Faces: Josephine Tey Series, Book 2

    • By: Nicola Upson
    • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
    • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 4

    Inspector Archie Penrose has invited Josephine Tey to his family home in Cornwall, a struggling but beautiful country estate on a magnificent stretch of coastline. But death clouds the holiday from the outset. When the local theatre proves to be a stage for real-life tragedy, Archie's loyalties are divided between his friends and his job, and he and Josephine must confront the violent reality which lies beneath a seemingly idyllic community.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Two is Too Many

    • By Margaret Sonnemann on 02-02-14

    Regular price: $20.65

  • Book 3

    • Two for Sorrow

    • By: Nicola Upson
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 156
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 145

    They were the most horrific crimes of a new century: the murders of newborn innocents for which two British women were hanged at Holloway Prison in 1903. Decades later, mystery writer Josephine Tey has decided to write a novel based on Amelia Sach and Annie Walters, the notorious “Finchley baby farmers,” unaware that her research will entangle her in the desperate hunt for a modern-day killer.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Mystery of the Effects on an Edwardian Crime

    • By Sires on 11-19-11

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Two for Sorrow: Josephine Tey Series, Book 3

    • By: Nicola Upson
    • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
    • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      2.5 out of 5 stars 5

    When Josephine Tey sets out to write a novel about the notorious Finchley baby farmers, her research helps to solve the recent sadistic murder of a young seamstress. The girl's death seems to be the result of a domestic feud, but when a second young woman is involved in an horrific accident, the search begins for a vicious killer who will stop at nothing to keep the past hidden.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • great mystery with atmosphere

    • By Ilinca on 10-17-13

    Regular price: $20.65

  • Book 4

    • Fear in the Sunlight: Josephine Tey Series, Book 4

    • By: Nicola Upson
    • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
    • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 5

    Summer, 1936: Writer Josephine Tey joins her friends in Portmeirion, meeting with Alfred Hitchcock to sign a film deal. Hitchcock has a few tricks planned to keep the party entertained, but things get out of hand when a Hollywood actress is brutally murdered. As fear and suspicion take over, Chief Inspector Archie Penrose becomes unsatisfied with the investigation. Several years later another horrific murder drives Penrose back to Portmeirion to uncover the shocking truth.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • still great

    • By Ilinca on 10-17-13

    Regular price: $17.96

    • Fear in the Sunlight

    • Josephine Tey Mysteries, Book 4
    • By: Nicola Upson
    • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
    • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 91
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 80

    Summer, 1936: Josephine Tey joins her friends in the resort village of Portmeirion to celebrate her fortieth 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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Gruesome

    • By S on 05-28-17

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 5

    • The Death of Lucy Kyte

    • Josephine Tey, Book 5
    • By: Nicola Upson
    • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
    • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    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?

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    • The Death of Lucy Kyte

    • By: Nicola Upson
    • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
    • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 93
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 86

    When Josephine Tey unexpectedly inherits Red Barn Cottage from her estranged godmother, the will stipulates that she must personally claim the house in the Suffolk countryside. But Josephine is not the only benefactor; a woman named Lucy Kyte is also in Hester's will. Sorting through the artifacts of her godmother's life, Josephine is intrigued by an infamous death committed on the cottage's grounds a century before.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Tedious

    • By Sonny on 01-10-17

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 6

    • London Rain

    • Josephine Tey, Book 6
    • By: Nicola Upson
    • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    May 1937, and London prepares to crown a new king. At the height of the Coronation celebrations, Detective Chief Inspector Archie Penrose is called to the BBC to investigate the murder of a famous broadcaster, a death which Josephine Tey suspects is linked to a decade-old scandal. With Archie's hands tied by politics, it is left to Josephine to get to the truth. Soon she is forced to confront at first-hand the deadly consequences of love, deceit and betrayal.

    Regular price: $21.58

    • London Rain

    • The Josephine Tey Mysteries, Book 6
    • By: Nicola Upson
    • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    London, 1937. Following the gloomy days of the abdication of King Edward VIII, the entire city is elated to welcome King George. Just one of the many planned festivities for the historic coronation is a BBC radio adaptation of Queen of Scots, and the original playwright, Josephine Tey, has been invited to sit in on rehearsals. Soon, however, Josephine gets wrapped up in another sort of drama. The lead actress has been sleeping with Britain's most venerable newsman, Anthony Beresford - and his humiliated wife happens to work in the building.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I LOVE THE JOSEPHINE TEY SERIES!

    • By Susan on 10-26-16

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 7

    • Nine Lessons

    • A Josephine Tey Mystery
    • By: Nicola Upson
    • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
    • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    Called to the peaceful wooded churchyard of St John-at-Hampstead, Detective Chief Inspector Archie Penrose faces one of the most audacious and unusual murders of his career. The body of the church's organist is found in an opened grave, together with a photograph of a manor house and a cryptic note. The image leads Archie to Cambridge, where the crisp autumn air has brought with it bustling life to the ancient university and town.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best Yet!!!

    • By Darrin on 06-14-18

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Nine Lessons

    • Josephine Tey Series, Book 7
    • By: Nicola Upson
    • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
    • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    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.

    Regular price: $22.27