Nicola Upson is the author of five previous Josephine Tey mysteries, including An Expert in Murder, and two works of nonfiction. She has worked in theater and as a freelance journalist. A recipient of an Escalator Award from the Arts Council England, she splits her time between Cambridge and Cornwall.
"A complex and compelling plot with rich historical detail.... A brilliant meditation on love's depths and darknesses, London Rain stands out on every level...complete with a stunning conclusion." -- Richmond Times-Dispatch"Psychologically complex and twisty.... Upson adroitly confounds the reader's expectations, and her subtle and emotionally intelligent exploration of Josephine's relationship...adds depth." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)"The author continues to blend history and fiction seamlessly.... A murder mystery that will keep readers guessing. The glimpses into the changing face of feminism and the politics of the BBC in the late 1930s prove equally intriguing." -- RT Book Reviews"This book is what historical crime is all about." -- Suspense Magazine"Revenge, murder, and royal pageantry.... The complexity of the overlapping relationships and a burst of momentum make [this] fictionalized heroine's sixth case a worthy sequel to its predecessors." -- Kirkus Reviews"For fans of period British crime fiction, this sixth series entry...delivers deft plotting and evocations of the era through charming descriptions of London.... Intriguing." -- Library Journal (starred review)"Old secrets come to light involving murder...in the sixth entry in this series, notable for its well-wrought characters and involving plots that vividly capture a time and place." -- Booklist"Historical crime fiction at its very best." -- Sunday Times (London)"Lyrical prose...and subtle plotting make Upson's fifth novel featuring real-life mystery writer Josephine Tey a worthy successor to Fear in the Sunlight, a PW Best Mystery of 2013.... Upson...amply rewards her readers' patience with a satisfying resolution that feels true to life." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Upson...possesses great skills in creating character-driven novels that evoke a strong sense of place, spins this sad but seductive story with grace and intelligence." -- Richmond Times-Dispatch"Upson's fifth Tey mystery is a hauntingly atmospheric story based on fact with personal reverberations for Josephine herself. A worthy addition to this intriguing series starring a real-life mystery writer and set in between-the-wars England." -- Booklist"A deft and agreeably darker addition to the series." -- Booklist"Excellent. . . . Upson upsets readers' expectations with a surprise that keeps the suspense high to the satisfying conclusion. Puzzle fans as well as admirers of psychologically rich crime authors such as Ruth Rendell will find a lot to savor." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Upson surpasses herself with her mesmerizing and psychologically complex fourth whodunit featuring real-life mystery writer Josephine Tey. . . . The melancholy tone and pitch-perfect prose add depth to the sinister plot." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Lovely. . . . For fans of the British puzzle mystery, there's a murder in a locked room, a secret passageway, a surfeit of clues, red herrings, and hidden identities." -- Boston Globe"Nicola Upson has . . . given us a highly original and elegantly written novel." -- P.D. James"Upson's novel has beautifully rendered the modernist atmosphere of Britain between the wars. Her characters are developed richly...and her plot is a lovely layered puzzle." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel