“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)