Fear in the Sunlight: Book summary and reviews of Fear in the Sunlight by Nicola Upson

Fear in the Sunlight

By Nicola Upson

Fear in the Sunlight
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2013,
    432 pages.

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Summer, 1936: Josephine Tey joins her friends in the resort village of Portmeirion to celebrate her fortieth birthday. Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma Reville, are there to sign a deal to film Josephine's novel, A Shilling for Candles, and Alfred Hitchcock has one or two tricks up his sleeve to keep the holiday party entertained - and expose their deepest fears. But things get out of hand when one of Hollywood's leading actresses is brutally slashed to death in a cemetery near the village. The following day, fear and suspicion take over in a setting where nothing - and no one - is quite what it seems.

Based in part on the life of Josephine Tey - one of the most popular, best-loved crime writers of the Golden Age, Nicola Upson's Fear in the Sunlight features legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock as a prominent character - and features the  classic suspense and psychological tension that fans of Hitchcock films love.

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"Starred Review. The brief prologue's account of the carnage to come in the sections set in 1936 Wales enables Upson effectively to delay the reader's gratification and to develop a large cast of fully realized characters. The melancholy tone and pitch-perfect prose add depth to the sinister plot." - Publishers Weekly

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Nicola Upson has written for a variety of publications, including the New Statesman, where she was a crime fiction critic. She also regularly contributes to BBC radio and has worked in the theater for ten years. She divides her time between Cambridge and Cornwall.

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