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The Death of Lucy Kyte    by Nicola Upson order for
Death of Lucy Kyte
by Nicola Upson
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HarperCollins, 2014 (2014)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

If you read a lot of mysteries and would like a refreshing change of pace that returns to the Golden Age of British crime writing, try this latest novel featuring Josephine Tey as the central character. Nicola Upson has resurrected the famous British author for a smashing new suspense series.

Beautifully written, atmospheric, and cleverly plotted, Upson's historical mysteries have been very well received and been especially enjoyed by those who also read Tey's works decades ago (they are still available today).

Josephine Tey finds herself the unexpected heir of Red Barn Cottage in the Suffolk countryside when her estranged godmother leaves her the property. Of course there's a hitch; Josephine must personally claim the house. And, there's a second benefactor, Lucy Kyte, named in the will as well.

Of course when she proceeds to the cottage Josephine quickly discovers the property has a history. An infamous murder was committed decades before on the cottage grounds and the locals are still reluctant to discuss what did or didn't happen.

How this effects the new owner of Red Barn Cottage and who the other mysterious benefactor of the will is (a woman no one admits to knowing) is the subject of this tantalizing, psychological mystery. Naturally, Josephine will have to dig deep and sift through all the information she eventually uncovers to figure out if inheriting this piece of isolated property is a gift or a curse.

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