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The Dead of Winter Reviews

The Dead of Winter by Nicola Upson

The Dead of Winter

Nicola Upson

4.00 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 5 Nov 2020
ISBN: 9780571353248

Josephine Tey and Archie Penrose gather with friends for a Cornish Christmas, but two strange and brutal deaths on St Michael's Mount - and the unexpected arrival of a world famous film star, in need of sanctuary - interrupt the festivities.

4 stars out of 5
Barry Forshaw
18 Dec 2020

"remains insidiously gripping"

The Dead of Winter is kept low-key by its cool tone, but remains insidiously gripping. At the St Aubyn family’s Cornish castle, a house party in 1938 has a famous guest, film star Marlene Dietrich, resisting attempts by the Nazi party to dragoon her. A blizzard strikes and so does a killer. Fortunately, Tey and her police friend Archie Penrose are on hand.


4 stars out of 5
Joan Smith
1 Nov 2020

"an absorbing plot that has its roots in the brutal poverty of the 1930s"

The ninth novel in Nicola Upson’s fine series featuring the Golden Age crime writer Josephine Tey is set in December 1938. The Dead of Winter (Faber £12.99) sends Tey and her lover, Marta, to a glamorous Christmas gathering on St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall. Their expectations are upended by the gruesome murder of one of the guests, carried out at a time when the mount is cut off by the tide. Tey and her friends are trapped with a killer in an absorbing plot that has its roots in the brutal poverty of the 1930s.

4 stars out of 5
Mark Sanderson
26 Oct 2020

"There is a truly brilliant twist, and oodles of excitement"

 A group of strangers, including Marlene Dietrich, keenly aware of the gathering storm in Europe, and having contributed to a fund for Jewish refugees, is looking forward to a jolly good time on the island. However, before you can say Agatha Christie, one of them is murdered. After all: “You never know who you might find at the other end of a cracker.” DCI Archie Penrose must find out whodunnit. There is a truly brilliant twist, and oodles of excitement, yet it is the quality of the writing — “the peculiar beauty of blood upon snow” — that makes this pulpy novel not just for Christmas but for life.