Here's another newly discounted (to 99 cents) crime novel we found today, this time from HarperCollins: Two for Sorrow, the third mystery in the "Josephine Tey" series by Nicola Upson.
Josephine Tey was a real person, the pseudonym used by Scottish crime novelist Elizabeth Mackintosh, who wrote a number of mysteries in the "Inspector Alan Grant" series as well as stand-alone novels from 1929 through 1952. Nicola Upson sets her stories in the early 1930s, near the beginning of Tey's career.
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Two for Sorrow
A Josephine Tey Mystery
Harper Perennial, August 2011 ebook
They were the most horrific crimes of a new century: the murders of newborn innocents for which two British women were hanged at Holloway Prison in 1903. Decades later, mystery writer Josephine Tey has decided to write a novel based on Amelia Sach and Annie Walters, the notorious "Finchley baby farmers", unaware that her research will entangle her in the desperate hunt for a modern-day killer.
A young seamstress — an ex-convict determined to reform — has been found brutally slain in the studio of Tey's friends, the Motley sisters, amid preparations for a star-studded charity gala. Despite initial appearances, Inspector Archie Penrose is not convinced this murder is the result of a long-standing domestic feud — and a horrific accident involving a second young woman soon after supports his convictions. Now he and his friend Josephine must unmask a sadistic killer before more blood flows — as the repercussions of unthinkable crimes of the past reach out to destroy those left behind long after justice has been served.
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