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June 23, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Dear Little Corpses

Nicola Upson


Wickford Library, Market Road
Wickford, SS12 OAG
£7 concessions (Students, Under 27s and Jobseekers)

Dear Little Corpses is Nicola Upson’s latest book in her series of detective novels which feature the brilliant Golden Age writer Josephine Tey as their lead character. The superlative detective returns in a haunting mystery set at the dawn of the Second World War. Upson expertly blends a Golden Age mystery with the timeless fears of a child’s abduction.


Venue: Wickford Library, Unit 8, The Willows, Market Rd, Wickford, SS12 0RA

Tickets: £8 / £7 concessions (Students, Under 27s and Jobseekers)

Date and time: Thursday 23rd June, 7.00pm

Box Office: Book online or via Mercury Theatre 01206 573948 (10am – 8pm Tuesday to Saturday)


Dear Little Corpses by Nicola Upson

Dear Little Corpses coverIt takes a village to bury a child…

1 September 1939. As the mass evacuation takes place across Britain, thousands of children leave London for the countryside. But when a little girl vanishes without a trace, the reality of separation becomes more desperate and more deadly for those who love her.

In the chaos and uncertainty of war, Josephine Tey struggles with the prospect of change. As a cloud of suspicion falls across the small Suffolk village she has come to love, the conflict becomes personal, and events take a dark and sinister turn.

Blending a Golden Age mystery with the timeless fears of a child’s abduction, Dear Little Corpses is an atmospheric snapshot of England in the early days of war.


‘[A] splendid series.’ The Times

‘Upson’s Josephine Tey mysteries are a class above the usual crime fiction. They shimmer with a love for their pre-war setting and the artistic circles Tey frequented.’ –Independent

‘Wonderful twists and turns single out Upson as a talented author of historical crime, [and] the rich background of Tey’s life adds an extra layer.’ Scotsman


Buy a copy of Dear Little Corpses from bookshop.org


About the Author

Nicola Upson photo credit Julia HedgecoeNicola Upson was born in Suffolk and read English at Downing College, Cambridge. Her debut novel, An Expert in Murder, was the first in a series of crime novels whose main character is Josephine Tey, who – along with Agatha Christie – was one of the finest of Britain’s Golden Age crime writers.

There have been nine previous books in the series, of which Nine Lessons was shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger in 2018. She lives with her partner in Cambridge and Cornwall.

You can find Nicola Upson on Twitter @NicolaUpsonBook

Photo of Nicola Upson © Julia Hedgecoe






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