Thursday, December 2, 2010

All I Want for Christmas Is.... (8)

All I Want for Christmas Is.... is a feature/meme sponsored by Danya at A Tapestry of Words. It is where we choose a book each week leading up to Christmas and say why it's made it onto our wishlists. And Danya would love to see what books everyone else is hoping to get, so make your post and link up at Danya's site.

This week's choice(s). I really liked the first one of this series and I couldn't decide which one I wanted I want them both. Please, Santa? I've been an awfully good girl.:

Two for Sorrow by Nicola Upson:

London, 1903. Two women are hanged in Holloway Prison for killing babies. More than thirty years later, their crimes resurface with shocking consequences.

When Josephine Tey sets out to write a novel about Amelia Sach and Annie Walters, the notorious Finchley baby farmers, she can have little idea that the research for her book will be needed to help solve a modern-day killing – the sadistic murder of a young seamstress, found dead in the Motley sisters’ studio, amid preparations for a star-studded charity gala.

Moving between the decadence and glamour of a private women’s club, the bleak surroundings of Holloway prison, and the deprivation of London’s slums, Two For Sorrow is a dark and unsettling exploration of the way in which the crimes of the past destroy those left behind – long after justice is done.


Angel With Two Faces by Nicola Upson:

Two can keep a secret if one of them is dead...

Summer, 1935. Inspector Archie Penrose has invited Josephine Tey to his family home in Cornwall, a struggling but beautiful country estate on a magnificent stretch of coastline. Disillusioned with the London stage, Josephine is ready to begin work on her second mystery novel and finds much to inspire her in the landscape and its legends - in particular, a lake on the estate which is said to claim a life every seven years, and the nearby Minack Theatre, an open-air auditorium which overlooks the sea.

But death clouds the holiday from the outset: Josephine's arrival coincides with the funeral of a young estate worker, killed in a mysterious riding accident, and another local boy disappears shortly afterwards. When the Minack proves to be a stage for real-life tragedy and an audacious murder, Archie's loyalties are divided between his friends and his job, and he and Josephine must confront the violent reality which lies beneath a seemingly idyllic community - a community with one face turned towards the present, and another looking back to the crimes of the past.


danya said...

Thanks for linking up! Ooooh I like the sound of Angel with Two Faces in particular - awesome that she's working on a mystery novel and must deal with a mystery at the same time :D Also I love that title - makes you want to know more!

Reading Lassie said...

Hope you find these underneath your tree!