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Fear in the Sunlight

Alfred Hitchcock meets Josephine Tey

April 11, 2013
By REGINA M. ANGELI - Books Writer , The Daily News

Harper's Bourbon Street books division has published the fourth of Nicola Upson's celebrated Josephine Tey's mysteries, "Fear in the Sunlight."

Upson's series centers on the British mystery writer, Josephine Tey, which was the pen name of Elizabeth MacKintosh. In addition to her Inspector Alan Grant mysteries, Tey wrote a number of popular plays.

In "Fear in the Sunlight," Josephine Tey is invited to the beautiful resort village of Portmeirion, Wales.

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While on the trip with Chief Inspector Archie Penrose, she celebrates her 40th birthday and meets with the great director, Alfred Hitchcock, who wants to turn her novel, "A Shilling for Candles" into a film.

But murder and mystery are never far from Josephine Tey - or Alfred Hitchcock.

As the guests arrive for a dinner with the master of murder and suspense, "Hitch" taunts them with his sense of the macabre saying that:

"Fear of the dark is natural, we all have it, but fear in the sunlight, perhaps fear in this very restaurant, where it is so unexpected - that is

interesting."

The words prove to be darkly prophetic as things take a sinister turn when one woman is viciously stabbed to death, and another is brutally raped and murdered.

A homicidal maniac has checked in at the secluded Welsh village and suspicion points to the assembled guests - Hitchcock's entourage.

To the consternation of Inspector Archie Penrose, solving the crimes is complicated by the egotistical Hitchcock, who proves to be very difficult and uncooperative.

In his films, Hitchcock did use Josephine Tey's "A Shilling for Candles" as the basis for his "Young and Innocent" movie which was his last film produced in Britain before he left for America.

A fictionalized version of a meeting between Hitchcock and Tey form the backdrop for Nicola Upson's story which celebrates the golden era of mystery and two of its masters - Alfred Hitchcock and Josephine Tey.

 
 

 

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