Sunday, 7 October 2012

U is for Undertow and Upson

I am posting this for Crime Fiction Alphabet U

U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton

U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton is the first book I read this year. It is the 21st book in the Alphabet series featuring Kinsey Millhone, twice-divorced, 37 year old, childless female Private Investigator based in Santa Teresa living in 1980s published in 2009.

Michael Sutton believes, twenty one years ago as a six year old, he saw two people burying a bundle. He believes the bundle is four year old Marie Clarie who was kidnapped around that time. He is not clear about the whereabouts. He is not very helpful. Michael Sutton is the case of the boy who cried wolf, he had lied too often. Is he telling the truth now? Will Millhone discover what happened to Marie Claire after two decades?

U is for Nicola Upson

I read An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson earlier this year. How would you like to see your favourite mystery writer in a book solving murders? An Expert in Murder features Josephine Tey, author of several mysteries including The Daughter of Time and a successful play Richard of Bordeaux. Josephine on her way to London, abroad a train gets acquainted with Elspeth Simmons, a young girl who loves all things theatre and particularly loves Josephine's play. At London's King Cross they part ways and Elspeth is brutally murdered in the empty train. Who murdered Elspeth and why? Was Tey the intended victim? And why would someone kill someone in a public place like a train? No, Tey does not investigate, it is Archie Penrose, who is supposed to be the model for Alan Grant who investigates.

3 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

You made two fine choices for U. I think Sue Grafton's series is an excellent, excellent PI series and it was good to see it profiled. And I like historical mysteries; although I'm not deeply familiar with Upson's Josephine Tey series, it has struck me favourably. Thanks for reminding me of it.

TracyK said...

Two good series to feature. I have read about 5 of the books in Grafton's series and plan to continue on with it. I have the Upson book and considered reading for this letter of the alphabet... I will be reading it soon. I hope. I checked out your reviews. Enjoyed both of them.

Peggy said...

Nice. I would love to read Upton's books! Next year she is on the top of my list.