Sorry for the Dead

by Nicola Upson

Sunday, February 14, 2021

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Pretty good. It’s a rather slow burn of a story, you have to enjoy the characters as there is not a great deal of action for the most part. I enjoyed seeing more of a younger Josephine. Although I’m way past finding the only partly fictional character a bit weird and I’m happy to go along with whatever Upson attributes to Tey, the boundary between the real and fictional world did seem very thin to me here. There are plenty of other real life characters in the book and I know the bit of Sussex where the book is set, and remember the name of the school used in the book.

The plot though I really liked. It flips between a young Josephine as a PE teacher in the first world war and the older one of the series. The back and forth was pretty smooth and I liked both halves. I especially liked the ending, but I’m not going to spoil it.