Nicola heads home for signing

Former local girl Nicola Upson signs her book at Watertsones in Bury.
Former local girl Nicola Upson signs her book at Watertsones in Bury.

MURDER mystery fans were able to see the face behind the pen at a book-signing this week.

Bury St Edmunds-born author Nicola Upson was at the Buttermarket branch of Waterstone’s signing copies of her new novel, Fear in the Sunlight.

The book is the fourth in a series using the fictionalised role of real-life 1930s author Josephine Tey.

Tey becomes embroiled in a murder mystery on a visit to Welsh resort Portmeirion with Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma Reville.

Ms Upson said: “This focuses on the fact that there were things about her life which I couldn’t make up, one of which was that one of her books was made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock.”

Ms Upson, who attended King Edward’s VI School and Horringer Court Middle School before studying at Cambridge, said her time in Bury had given her a literary start.

“When I think back to my time in Bury it was completely steeped in books and stories.

“Both my parents are huge readers so story-telling and books were important – and then I worked in a book shop,” she said.

She added that more books in the Tey series were planned, with World War Two a future backdrop.