London Rain

London Rain

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Intrepid writer and amateur sleuth Josephine Tey returns in this sixth installment of Nicola Upson's popular series--perfect for fans of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot and Jaqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs--that unfolds in 1930s London as England prepares to crown a new king.

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. The sordid affair seems to reach its bloody climax when Beresford is shot to death in his broadcasting booth at the deafening height of the coronation ceremony.

Josephine's friend Detective Chief Inspector Archie Penrose thinks he has the case wrapped up. But after two more murders, it falls to Josephine to unravel a web of betrayal, jealousy, and long-held secrets, as she herself is caught in a love triangle of her own.



Charming and provocative, thick with the atmosphere of prewar England, London Rain is a captivating portrait of a city on the edge--and an unforgettable woman always one step ahead of her time.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 132 x 203 x 23mm | 227g
  • English
  • 0062418157
  • 9780062418159
  • 1,246,150

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"Upson's psychologically complex and twisty sixth whodunit...adroitly confounds the reader's expectations, and her subtle and emotionally intelligent exploration of Josephine's relationship with her lover, Marta, adds depth."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Following the gloomy days of King Edward VIII's abdication, London is elated to welcome King George VI. Just one of the many festivities celebrating the 1937 coronation is a BBC radio adaptation of Queen of Scots, and the original playwright, Josephine Tey, has been invited to sit in on rehearsals.

But Josephine's play is not the only drama unfolding. Britain's most venerable newsman, Anthony Beresford, is sleeping with the lead actress--and his humiliated wife works at the BBC. The sordid triangle reaches its climax when Beresford is shot to death in his broadcasting booth at the deafening height of the coronation ceremony.

Josephine's friend Detective Chief Inspector Archie Penrose thinks he has the case wrapped up. But after two more murders, it falls to Josephine to unravel a web of betrayal, jealousy, and long-held secrets, as she herself is caught in a love triangle of her own.

Charming and provocative, thick with the atmosphere of prewar England, London Rain is a captivating portrait of a city on the edge--and an unforgettable woman always one step ahead of her time.

"Historical crime f iction at its very best."--Sunday Times (London)
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"The author continues to blend history and fiction seamlessly.... A murder mystery that will keep readers guessing. The glimpses into the changing face of feminism and the politics of the BBC in the late 1930s prove equally intriguing."--RT Book Reviews
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1,026 ratings
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4 45% (458)
3 24% (248)
2 5% (48)
1 2% (17)
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