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Angel with Two Faces

(2009)
(The second book in the Josephine Tey series)
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Within a relatively short period, Nicola Upson has established herself as one of the most inventive and unusual of crime writers, marrying a sure storytelling grip to a non-pareil skill at evoking both period atmosphere and English locales. However - as Angel with Two Faces comprehensively demonstrates -- her real coup lies in her canny utilisation of a classic English writer, Josephine Tey (of The Franchise Affair and The Daughter of Time fame) as the protagonist of her books. And, what's more, doing full justice to her much-loved predecessor's memory; it's easy to feel that Tey herself would be delighted with these fictitious imaginings of her life an investigative figure.

The first book in the series, An Expert in Murder, was acclaimed by no less a figure in the field than PD James (admittedly, a stablemate at the same publisher), and this second outing maintains the quality of the first. Set against a strongly realised Cornish landscape, Upson begins her tale with death of a young man in the Loe Pool while on a riding excursion. Archie Penrose, a policeman whose family are the custodians of the estate, looks at the death askance - particularly when another young man goes missing, and a village prelate falls to his death from a nearby cliff. Josephine Tey, a friend of Archie Penrose, finds her wish for a quiet holiday banished when she becomes involved in a grim and baffling mystery.

The interaction between the duo here is delightfully handled, and the metaphor they adopt - death as an angel with two faces looking at both past and present -- is as allusive and strange as the narrative itself. Let's hope Nicola Upson has more plans for the imaginary amateur detective life of Josephine Tey. --Barry Forshaw

Genre: Historical Mystery

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Hardback Editions

July 2009 : UK Hardback
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Title: Angel with Two Faces
Author(s): Nicola Upson
ISBN: 0-571-23795-9 / 978-0-571-23795-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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July 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: Angel with Two Faces: A Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey
Author(s): Nicola Upson
ISBN: 0-06-145156-8 / 978-0-06-145156-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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Paperback Editions

June 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Angel with Two Faces: A Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey (Mysteries Featuring Josephine Tey)
Author(s): Nicola Upson
ISBN: 0-06-145157-6 / 978-0-06-145157-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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November 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Angel with Two faces (Josephine Tey)
Author(s): Nicola Upson
ISBN: 0-571-23796-7 / 978-0-571-23796-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
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July 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Angel with Two Faces (Josephine Tey Mystery 2)
Author(s): Nicola Upson
ISBN: 0-571-24591-9 / 978-0-571-24591-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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Audio Editions

October 2016 : USA Audio CD

Title: Angel With Two Faces (Josephine Tey)
Author(s): Nicola Upson
ISBN: 1-5047-5710-6 / 978-1-5047-5710-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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October 2016 : USA MP3 CD

Title: Angel With Two Faces (Josephine Tey)
Author(s): Nicola Upson
ISBN: 1-5047-5711-4 / 978-1-5047-5711-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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December 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Angel with Two Faces
Author(s): Nicola Upson
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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December 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Angel with Two Faces
Author(s): Nicola Upson
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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December 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Angel with Two Faces Lib/E: A Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey (Josephine Tey Mysteries)
Author(s): Nicola Upson
ISBN: 0-7927-8128-7 / 978-0-7927-8128-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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December 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Angel with Two Faces: Josephine Tey Series, Book 2
Author(s): Nicola Upson
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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December 2009 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Angel with Two Faces: Josephine Tey Series, Book 2
Author(s): Nicola Upson
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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December 2009 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Angel with Two Faces: Josephine Tey Series, Book 2
Author(s): Nicola Upson
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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September 2009 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Angel with Two Faces (unabridged audio book) (Josephine Tey Mystery 2)
Author(s): Nicola Upson, narrated by Sandra Duncan
ISBN: 1-4074-3948-0 / 978-1-4074-3948-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

June 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Angel with Two Faces: A Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey (Josephine Tey Mysteries Book 2)
Author(s): Nicola Upson
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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September 2009 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Angel with Two Faces (Josephine Tey Book 2)
Author(s): Nicola Upson
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU