A novel whose central character is a pen name of a a real author.
Josephine Tey is travelling down to London to oversee the final week of her very sucessful play "Richard of Bordeaux". On the train she meets a very exicited fan, who is due to see the play again with her new boyfriend.
But shortly after getting off the train this new friend is brutally murdered, early indications seem to point to Josephine being the target. The policeman investigating the murder is a very good friend of Josephines (Archie's best friend was Josephines lover and they fought in the great war together, Archie being the only one to make it back). As the investigation into the murder progresses more in learnt about the victim. Elspeth was adopted, the story of her birth takes a little time to come to light, but at the centre of the story is a very unpleasant man by the name of Vintner, who had previously accused Josephine of plagarism and when he lost, took his own life. But was that the reason that he actually took his own life?
A second murder muddies things even further.
This book was fascinating in it's depiction of the Theatre world in the 1920's/30's. All the infighting, the secrets that people had to keep regarding their private lives. It also gave a heartfelt insight into those that survived the great war - and the scars it left behind.