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.