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The Death of Lucy Kyte

Josephine Tey, Book 5
Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
Series: Josephine Tey, Book 5
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (108 ratings)

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Summary

When Josephine Tey inherited a remote Suffolk cottage from her godmother, it came full of secrets. There were the infamous Red Barn murders, committed in the grounds a century before, and still casting a shadow over the village. And there was Lucy Kyte, the mysterious beneficiary of her godmother’s will, who no-one in the close-knit village would admit to knowing.

Trapped in this isolated community and surrounded by shadows of obsession, abuse and deceit, can Josephine untangle history from present danger and prevent a deadly cycle beginning once again?

©2013 Nicola Upson (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"A new and assured talent." (P. D. James)
"Any crime aficionado should make room for Nicola Upson's novels." ( Daily Telegraph)

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Never Ffails

What did you like most about The Death of Lucy Kyte?

Nicola Upson leads you into the characters so well you start to want to know them more and more. Twists and Turns do not stray deeply away from the plot as some can but provide depth

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lucy Kyte as the narrative builds you begin to see the world as she did

Have you listened to any of Sandra Duncan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Sandra Duncan is a reliable narrator you always feel you have read the book in your own voice.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Bit of laugh and cry with this one but always left feeling complete. Not cheated at the end of a book as you can be with some other books

Any additional comments?

Have enjoyed all of Nicola Upsons books a good mystery not all blood and gore solid detective work with Josephine Upson

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Slow Starter

It is slow, but give it a chance and you'll quite like it.

A lady is left a cottage by her seldom visited godmother. There is a lot of history surrounding the site and its belongings, with possible supernatural consequences. If you like Barbara Erskine you'll like this.

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Great but not perfect.

What made the experience of listening to The Death of Lucy Kyte the most enjoyable?

Not as good as Upsons previous Tey novels but a good one nevertheless. I like the long listen and the world building descriptions. This mystery may not be as fast paced or as exciting as the previous ones and it certainly feels contrived at times but it is still much better than a lot of the offerings around at the moment.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Maybe more Archie. Continuing the Marta theme is a mistake as it didn't go down very well with Tey's family or fans as it isn't base on any kind of evidence. Can feel like the novel is descending into sentimentality at times.

What does Sandra Duncan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Great Narrator, brings warmth and feeling to the characters.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The past never stays hidden.

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Dwells rather more on a miserable life

As always I loved the author's writing style and the wonderful narration of Sandra Duncan. But this story was rather more about the misery of a character's life than the unravelling of a murder mystery. I personally found it had a more lowering effect on my spirits!

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Atmosphere

There is a wonderful sense of place and season , so evocative that I felt I was actually there . The story and the characters are all intriguing and vivid but I enjoyed the description best. A mystery that also has something to say
I am now addicted to this series

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No fun without the supporting cast

I’ve said before that the weakest link in this series is the rather dreary Josephine Tey. In this book she’s mostly alone in Suffolk. The ghost story is fine but never really comes alive without the other regular characters. Marta pops up so Josephine can get angsty about having no spine but that’s it.

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I couldn't put it down

I enjoyed this book very much and I found the story within the story fascinating. I couldn't stop listening, but I wanted the book to last forever. The narration was excellent and it greatly enhanced the overall experience. I have read all the books in this series and I am looking forward to the publication of the next book.

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Where was the Suffolk accent?

Fascinating twist on a well known story. However the local accent was not from Suffolk.

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Gripping

Really good story, well written with lots of intrigue. I was hooked day and night.

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enjoyable

Slow to start but enjoyable. once I got into it. It's good how the characters become more rounded with each book.