Another mistake picked up in a charity shop. This book, the second in a series, is strange in the fact that it has the character of the 1930s crime novelist, Josephine Tey investigating a mystery. This seems a ridiculous presumption considering she never really existed but was the pen name of Elizabeth Mackintosh.
It takes place in Cornwall with the drowning of Harry Pinching. Tey and her Inspector friend Archie Penrose are by coincidence visiting and become involved in the mystery. The plot largely seems to be anachronistic – most of the characters seem to have a tolerance of incest, homosexuality, etc. despite being set in the 1930s. I have a feeling (could be wrong) that Upson is a lesbian and is trying to introduce her agenda of homosexuality into a story into which it just doesn´t quite fit. The plot is highly dubious and seems to just have too many strands, loopy sister, corrupt vicar, psychopathic gamekeeper, etc . The novel starts well and then drags, I even found myself skimming parts during climax scenes such as murders. Still the cover is nice but the ´Two can keep a secret if one of them is dead´, seems like it has been written for a Hollywood film trailer.Overall a bit tedious – avoid this.