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fourth novel in this series featuring mystery writer Josephine Tey
joins the famed writer with another literary/film luminary, Alfred
Hitchcock. It is Tey’s fortieth birthday and she is celebrating at
the village of Portmeirion, Wales. The famed director is up to his
old tricks. He loves playing practical jokes, but the murder of an
actress and some other individuals casts a solemn pall over the
Inspector Archie Penrose, who is present for the Tey celebration,
investigates but pretty much draws a blank.
forward 18 years and Penrose discovers that three women have been
murdered on the Hollywood set of Hitchcock’s Rear Window.
There’s a connection, quite obviously, to the previous crimes in
Wales and it’s up to Penrose and Tey to sort everything out to make
sure justice is served in this case that spans a two different time
delight in clever British period mysteries that take time to develop
and feature a cast of eccentric characters, this well plotted
whodunit will be much to your liking. Nicola Upson took a risk making
a real life, legendary crime writer the central figure here but she’s
done a fine job resurrecting this grande dame of the Golden Age of