Angel with Two Faces: Josephine Tey Series, Book 2 : Josephine Tey

  • by Nicola Upson
  • Narrated by Sandra Duncan
  • Series: Josephine Tey
  • 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Inspector Archie Penrose has invited Josephine Tey to his family home in Cornwall, a struggling but beautiful country estate on a magnificent stretch of coastline. But death clouds the holiday from the outset.
When the local theatre proves to be a stage for real-life tragedy, Archie's loyalties are divided between his friends and his job, and he and Josephine must confront the violent reality which lies beneath a seemingly idyllic community...

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Solid whodunnit ruined by anachronisms..

..and the sunday-supplement therapy-speak mouthed by almost everybody in the story. I can take the odd misplaced 'okay' or shades of obviously 21st century attitudes but it was really hard to listen to Philip Roth length expositions filled with a complexity of language and, what I suppose you could call psychological insights, that would not be available to a minimally educated person in the inter-war period. (They were nearly as eloquent as the definitely uneducated main character in 'the Nature of Monsters' whose narrative voice was so jarring I couldn't get through the book.) I had to fast-forward the long conversation between Morwenna and Penrose as it was as ridiculous as it was melodramatic. (I won't give details as it would spoil the story - suffice to say it was like listening to a erudite though glib self-help book for women in self-destructive relationship. Or should that be co-dependent relationships? There's also a very obvious dichotomy between the predisposition towards 'understanding' and the secret-squirrel behaviour endemic in the 'community'. I found it hard to like most of the characters or even care about their fates. I certainly has no empathy with the besotted duo at the centre of the story. They were as selfish and sleazy a pair as any you'd see on a daytime chat-and-fight show today - and not for the obvious reason that will become evident if you listen to the book. On the plus side, I like the Josephine Tey character though I often wished she'd let rip at Morwenna and the other M - the witchy one who seems to do the thinking for everybody in the village. Also, the reader was excellent. She seemed to me to manage all the accents, though I'm sure that there will be people who disagree, and even pulled off the male voices without sounding like a pantomine prince charming.
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- Angela

Not as good as An Expert in Murder

Only quite a good read and not as good as An Expert in Murder. Sandra Duncan reads the book as if all the characters are suffering from tremendous anxt (which they are) but it?s a bit unrelenting. There is no light and shade! The detective part of the story is pretty unconvincing while Upson does not really develop her protagonists. This may be a fundamental problem with choosing a real person as a central character. We know too much about Tey for the author to be able develop her as a romantic or intellectual heroine.
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- Louisa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-12-2009
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks