Fear in the Sunlight

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HarperCollins, Apr 9, 2013 - Fiction - 320 pages
29 Reviews

Nicola Upson blends biography and fiction, excitement and menace, and a touch of Alfred Hitchcock in Fear in the Sunlight, a mystery starring real-life writer Josephine Tey.

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. The following day, fear and suspicion take over in a setting where nothing—and no one—is quite what it seems.

Based in part on the life of Josephine Tey—one of the most popular, best-loved crime writers of the Golden Age, Nicola Upson’s Fear in the Sunlight features legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock as a prominent character—and features the  classic suspense and psychological tension that fans of Hitchcock films love.

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Review: Fear in the Sunlight (Josephine Tey #4)

User Review  - Kathy Moberg - Goodreads

I'm waffling between 2 and 3 stars... I skimmed much of the novel as I was not interested in the "history of Hitchcock and early cinema" stuff. I felt as tho the author's research was much too obvious ... Read full review

Review: Fear in the Sunlight (Josephine Tey #4)

User Review  - Colleen - Goodreads

I love the mysteries Josephine Tey wrote, so I embraced this series. It has not always been easy. Thank goodness this books focus is on her good friend and inspiration for her famous detective Richard ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Nicola Upson has written for a variety of publications, including the New Statesman, where she was a crime fiction critic. She also regularly contributes to BBC radio and has worked in the theater for ten years. She divides her time between Cambridge and Cornwall.

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