Nicola Upson, author of The Death of Lucy Kyte, on tour June 2014

Posted By on May 22, 2014

The Death of Lucy KyteAbout The Death of Lucy Kyte

• Paperback: 368 pages
• Publisher: Bourbon Street Books (June 10, 2014)

An unexpected inheritance plunges beloved British mystery author Josephine Tey into a disturbing puzzle of dark secrets connecting the present and the past in this intriguing historical mystery brimming with psychological tension.

When Josephine Tey unexpectedly inherits Red Barn Cottage from a godmother she barely knows, 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 murder committed on the cottage’s grounds a century before. This old crime—dubbed the Red Barn murder—still haunts the tight-knit village and its remote inhabitants. Is it superstition, or is there a very real threat that is frightening the locals? And is the truth related to the mysterious Lucy Kyte, whom no one in the village admits to knowing? Surrounded by the shadows of obsession, abuse, and deceit, with a palpable sense of evil thickening around her, Josephine must untangle historic tragedy from present danger to prevent a deadly cycle from beginning once again.

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Nicola UpsonAbout Nicola Upson

Nicola Upson is the author of five Josephine Tey mysteries, including An Expert in MurderAngel with Two FacesTwo for SorrowFear in the Sunlight, and The Death of Lucy Kyte, as well as two works of nonfiction. She has worked in theater and as a freelance journalist. A recipient of an Escalator Award from the Arts Council England, she splits her time between Cambridge and Cornwall. Visit Nicola at her website,, and on Facebook.

Nicola’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, June 10th: 5 Minutes For Books

Wednesday, June 11th: Jenn’s Bookshelves

Friday, June 13th: Mystery Playground

Thursday, June 19th: BoundbyWords

Tuesday, June 24th: Wordsmithonia

Thursday, June 26th: Dwell in Possibility

Tuesday, July 1st: My Bookshelf

Saturday, July 12th: Excellent Library


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