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Fear in the Sunlight (Josephine Tey) [Kindle Edition]

Nicola Upson
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'With a well-made plot and a fascinating cast of female characters, both haves and have-nots, this is an assured addition to an excellent series' GUARDIAN on Two for Sorrow


'With a well-made plot and a fascinating cast of female characters, both haves and have-nots, this is an assured addition to an excellent series' GUARDIAN on Two for Sorrow


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 821 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 428 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0571246370
  • Verlag: Faber & Faber Crime (3. April 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0571282040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571282043
  • ASIN: B007JVF6U2
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Enoyable! 9. November 2012
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I enjoyed this book as much as I did Ms. Upson's previous books.Well written and a page turner for those of us who prefer our thrillers along more elegant lines.
I love the way she has brought Alfred Hitchcock into the story.The plot has twists and turns which make you want to find out what happens next.I was only sorry that some things are still kept in the dark,but no more about that as it might reveal too much.I can thoroughly recommend this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Thoroughly enjoyable read! 15. März 2013
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Allow yourself to be transported to genteeler times, or are they? Enjoy the company of artists, poets, filmmakers and even the police in a setting they will help you to fall in love with, even if you've never heard of Portmeirion before (I had'nt). Get to know the Hitchcocks. Enjoy this captivating and delightful story - even the gruesome bits. Well worth the read!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Interessanter Krimi 20. März 2013
Von TripleS
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Das Lesen hat mir Spaß gemacht - ein Krimi mit spannenden Wendungen, bei dem man nicht sofort auf den Täter kommt. Gut gefallen hat mir die Rahmenhandlung mit dem Ehepaar Hitchcock (gerade jetzt, wo der Kinofilm angelaufen ist!). Ab und zu schweift die Autorin sehr tief ins Gefühlsleben der Protagonisten ab, daher nur vier Sterne - für mich hat das ab und zu die Story etwas erlahmen lassen. Trotzdem: Lesenswert!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Slow action, too many characters 12. April 2013
Von Tiffany A. Harkleroad - Veröffentlicht auf
In 1936, Josephine Trey spent some time at a resort with her friends, interacting with famous film director Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock wants to buy Josephine's novel to make it into a film, so the goal of the weekend is to convince her to seal the deal. Events take several odd turns, ending up with dead bodies. It seems like an open and shut case, but many years later the truth is revealed.

I really struggled with this book, for a few different reasons. We know from the beginning that a murder crime has occurred, but after its first mention, it is not even hinted at again for about 100 pages. That made the book really plod along in my opinion. It took so long to get to the action, that by the time the action started occurring, it was pretty lackluster. Also, there were entirely too many characters for my taste. I had an incredibly difficult time keeping the characters, and their multitudinous secrets, straight. I felt like none of the characters were very well developed, which was part of the reason I could not keep them straight. It has been one full day since I finished the book, and already, I have forgotten most of the characters and their details, because to me, they just were not memorable.

I thought the concept of Alfred Hitchcock as a character was going to be really cool, but I was a little disappointed. Perhaps I was too colored by the public image of Hitch, but I just had a hard time imagining him saying the things he did in the book. I feel like, as a person, he had a pretty distinctive voice, and I was not convinced that was captured in the book.

The book does a great job of setting the scene, to me this was probably its biggest strength. I loved the setting, and the role it played in the story. It has the perfect combination of luxury and creepiness to make the perfect ambiance for the story. The book seems much like a traditional mystery book, which may account for my inability to really connect (I prefer contemporary mysteries and thrillers). It is also one in a series, and having never read the previous books in the series may have altered my opinions as well.

I received a review copy courtesy of TLC Book Tours, in exchange for my honest opinion. See the rest of the tour here.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen More mystery, less Tey, 2.5 stars... 15. April 2013
Von Ruth Anderson - Veröffentlicht auf
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British mystery writer Josephine Tey and a select group of friends descend upon the Welsh resort village of Portmeirion in the summer of 1936 with a two-fold purpose -- one, to celebrate Josephine's milestone fortieth birthday, and two, to meet famed filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma, to consider their offer to turn Josephine's novel, A Shilling for Candles, into their next film. Between Tey and the Hitchcocks, Portmeirion has attracted a glittering and varied clientele, but one that for all its seeming privilege stands at the precipice of profound change. Facing middle age, Josephine is preoccupied with analyzing her feelings for one-time lover Marta, while the Hitchcocks, having reached the pinnacle of success in the British film industry, face the decision of whether or not to try their fortunes in the glittering American mecca of Hollywood. But personal turmoil is quickly forgotten when two women in the party are found brutally slain, bringing to light a hidden web of family secrets and long-festering hatreds, casting a bitter pall over the once-sunny party. The advent of "fear in the sunlight...where it is so unexpected" reveals the machinations of a criminal mind so depraved as to test even the mettle of the Master of Suspense...

When I was given the opportunity to review this title, I was thrilled with the chance -- murder in the glamorous pre-war 1930s, featuring one of my favorite filmmakers at the height of his powers? A heady proposition indeed. While I have only a passing knowledge of Tey, having yet to read one of her novels, I have thoroughly enjoyed other contemporary authors' ventures in casting authors as sleuths (i.e., Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen mysteries). As a long-time lover of the cozy mystery perfected by Agatha Christie, I expected something of that ilk from this novel -- an atmospheric outing with a healthy dose of history, wherein a famous author matches wits with a killer -- something akin to a real-life (and younger) Miss Marple. What Fear in the Sunlight delivers instead is something substantially less than expected -- atmospheric, yes, but more of a psychological treatise than a period mystery, with a sprawling cast of characters, where Tey's presence is so anecdotal to the plot as to be completely superfluous.

When Tey isn't debating whether or not to agree to Hitchcock's film proposal, she's struggling to define her relationship with Marta (who, it must be mentioned, is already IN a relationship with another "mutual" friend -- what. a. mess.). It's interesting to note that Tey's famous love of privacy and single status (her fiance died in the first World War) seems to have led to the assumption that she must have indulged in same-sex affairs -- and the assumption here, of something undocumented and of a highly private nature, is troubling. Literally every other character fares better than Tey here, particularly her close friend, police inspector Archie Penrose, and the Hitchcocks themselves, as well as the Draycott family, the latter of which figures largely in the horrors that unfold. Penrose is an interesting character whose intelligence and sense of justice would make a compelling lead -- one wonders why, with Tey so nominally "involved" in the crime at Portmeirion, that this isn't simply a mystery featuring Penrose and his experiences. That said, the expansive case of characters featured here is wildly confusing at first blush, and it takes about a fourth of the novel before the narrative begins to coalesce, where a darkly disturbing picture of poisonous family secrets begins to emerge, seeds planted decades earlier that grimly flower in the most incongruous of locales.

Following a painfully slow start, Fear in the Sunlight manages to gel into a page-turning mystery that plays with the idea of the the reader as voyeur, and what, if any, responsibility does the watcher bear in what unfolds -- much like Hitchcock did in his many films. Upson spins a heady web of messy family secrets, only barely glossed by a coating of Hollywood glamour -- a sheen that quickly vanishes as bitter rivalries and dangerous obsessions come to light (not to mention the stomach-turning descriptions of crime scenes). If Tey was dropped from the novel and the narrative's oft-times meandering exploration of fear and voyeurism was trimmed and tightened, allowing Penrose to take center stage and increased character development among those actually involved in the crimes, Fear in the Sunlight had the potential to be a stellar period mystery. As is, for all its flashes of interesting psychological insight or neat plot twists, I'm left wishing for what could have been rather than what was, hoping that someday, Penrose gets his own novel.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen stylish, well-written 1930s murder mystery 15. Juli 2012
Von K. Lester - Veröffentlicht auf
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I was searching for a good old-fashioned murder mystery for vacation and came across a review of this book in the paper. While some of her earlier novels (this is her fourth) had average reviews, I liked the subject and setting of this and decided to give it a try. It was a very pleasurable reading experience. The main mystery takes place in Portmeirion in Wales in 1936 and incorporates real life characters Josephine Tey and Alfred Hitchcock in a fictional situation. The atmosphere described by the author took me right there and she brought it all to life. I enjoyed the different characters and the set up for the crimes and I even ended up googling Hitchcock and Tey as I was reading to learn more about them at that time. What I uncovered was consistent with her portrayal and it felt like she has done her homework. There are a lot of characters and I did have a bit of trouble keeping all the loose ends straight but not sure if it was her writing or because I had a break of almost a week about half way through. The denouement was a bit quick for me, but for the most part it hung together. I rated it 4 star because the atmosphere and descriptions were so good at lifting me to that time and place and the writing was good quality, both of which are important to me in an 'escape' book. I'd rate the satisfaction of the ending at 3.

If you like the traditional Agatha Christie type murders, you will enjoy this. It is every bit as engaging and you have all the clues to figure out the murder (unlike some Christie plots...)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent writing and atmosphere, confusing plot 17. Mai 2013
Von K Hays - Veröffentlicht auf
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I will continue to read all of Nicola Upson's Josephine Tey mysteries, no matter what I think of the plots. First of all, I have read Tey's own mysteries over and over since i was a teenager--I consider them the very best examples of classic detective fiction. So Upson's idea of writing mysteries about Josephine Tey herself, with characters that are reminiscent of those in Tey's own books, is a brilliant one. Secondly, Upson writes beautifully, creates interesting and lively characters, and conveys atmosphere very well. Her ideas are also very clever. So she deserves to be read. But this particular book frustrated me.

In "Fear in the Sunlight," Upson has designed a plot around Alfred Hitchcock and his movie crew, based on the fact that Hitchcock did indeed film one of Tey's mysteries. The details of Upson's plot, however, are so convoluted that no solution could have been satisfying. There is just too much going on, with too many people hating each other and wishing each other ill. Intricate plots are fine, but they need an ultimately simple resolution--this one didn't work for me. Nevertheless, reading such good prose is remains a pleasure.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Slow Start but Got Going 26. April 2013
Von Man of La Book - Veröffentlicht auf
Fear in the Sun­light by Nicola Upson is a mys­tery novel tak­ing place in 1936. This is the fourth book in a series star­ring author Josephine Tey.

Author Josephine Tey and her friends go to cel­e­brate her 40th birth­day at the resort vil­lage of Port­meirion. They are to meet Alfred Hitch­cock and his wife to discuss

turn­ing Josephine's novel into a movie. When a Hol­ly­wood star­let gets mur­dered in a nearby ceme­tery Chief Inspec­tor Archie Pen­rose becomes involved, yet he is unsat­is­fied with the way the inves­ti­ga­tion was resolved.

Sev­eral years later, another mur­der hap­pens, also linked to a Hitchcock's movie. Pen­rose goes back to the scene to try to uncover the truth.

The rea­son I chose to read Fear in the Sun­light by Nicola Upson was because Alfred Hitch­cock was in the story, I had no idea it was part of a series and prob­a­bly wouldn't have noticed either until I read it somewhere.

I was look­ing for­ward to read a good mys­tery which was some­what involved in Hitchcock's movies. How­ever the famed direc­tor is a char­ac­ter in this novel much like any­one else. Granted, not every­one has his inse­cu­ri­ties and eccen­tric­i­ties but there is no Hitch­cock spe­cific take on the story.

The story was very slow to start but once it got going it held my inter­est until the end, but the large cast of char­ac­ters kept me con­fused and I had to re-read some sec­tions to make sure I had the story correct.

I felt the author was try­ing to do sev­eral things in this novel, while inter­est­ing none of them really shine or come to the front. The mys­tery, Josephine Tey's per­sonal life, Hitchcock's per­son­al­ity, mar­riage, show busi­ness, police work and oth­ers are all part of the story. How­ever, it seemed that Ms. Upson was also try­ing to tie her story to Hitchcock's themes of voyeurism, sus­pense, mis­taken iden­ti­ties, the charm­ing sociopath, as well as wink and nods to the great director's films (stair­cases, bell tower and more). While as a movie buff I appre­ci­ated those nods, I felt they pushed the actual story to the back­ground. I was less inter­ested in Ms. Tey's part of the story and wanted to read more about Chief Inspec­tor Pen­rose who I felt was a more inter­est­ing character.

This novel needs to be read with care and atten­tion, sim­ply breez­ing through it would con­fuse the reader due to the sev­eral sto­ries and time­lines. After a slow start, the novel is a worth­while read which deliv­ers on the mys­tery aspect being pro­moted.
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