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Narrated by Sandra
Published by Whole Story Audio Books.(Full
11 CD’s 12.5 Hours Playing Time.
In July 1954 following the filming of
Hitchcock’s Rear Window, three bodies
are found when the elaborate apartment set is dismantled. News of the killing is brought to London by the American
Detective Tom Doyle, who feels that they may be a link between these recent
killings to a series of murders 18 years before.Chief Inspector Archie Penrose recalls the
earlier murders in the summer of 1936, when Josephine Tey along with friends,
is in the resort of Portmeirion in Wales to celebrate her fortieth
birthday, and for a meeting with Alfred Hitchcock to talk about a possible film
deal for her book A Shilling for Candles.
As Archie Penrose tells the American detective Doyle, the resultant film Young and Innocent, although a success bore
as much likeness to Josephine’s book as did the title - Josephine had not been pleased.
centres on that summer gathering in 1936.We meet the party of Hitchcock’s guests - a number of actors, including
Josephine’s friend the actress Marta Fox and her partner Lydia, also the
Motley sisters who have featured in previous books.We learn that Hitchcock has some unusual
plans to entertain the party, which proves to have unpleasant consequences.
The book is
evenly balanced between an absorbing mystery – and the lives of the characters,
as although in a short space of time three deaths occur, much of the book
explores the characters lives and their relationships with each other - rather
amazingly several of them come from Wales. Also, in this the fourth
book we learn more of Josephine’s love life on which she has now reached a
Beautifully written, the reader is sharply
aware of the pain Archie feels at the loss of Josephine, as this story is
written two years after Josephine’s death. I enjoyed the elements of the conversations
that touched on the matters of the day, such as the relationship of the Prince
of Wales with the American woman! But it is the slow peeling away of the
tangled emotions of the people involved that grips the reader and makes
Sandra Duncan has a remarkable
range of voices.I loved particularly
her Archie Penrose, she made him sound as I imagined him, reassuring, strong
and interesting, which contrasted so well with Josephine’s rather clipped
Scottish accent.Her narration greatly
enhanced my enjoyment.
Nicola Upson was
born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and read
English at Downing College, Cambridge.
She has worked in theatre and as a freelance journalist, and is the author of
two non-fiction works, and the recipient of an Escalator Award from Arts
Since discovering the work of Golden Age author
Josephine Tey/Gordon Daviot, she has developed a passion for the theatre and
literature of the period, and an admiration for those who wrote and performed