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London, 1903. Two women are hanged in Holloway Prison for killing babies. More than thirty years later, their crimes resurface with shocking consequences. When Josephine Tey sets out to write a novel about Amelia Sach and Annie Walters, the notorious Finchley baby farmers sentenced to death for a string of newborn murders, she has no idea that the research for her book will be used in the investigation of a modern-day killing—the sadistic murder of a young seamstress, found dead in the studio of Tey’s friends, the Motley sisters, amid preparations for a star-studded charity gala. 

While initially the death of the young girl, an ex-con trying to go straight, seems to be the result of a long-standing domestic feud, Josephine’s friend, Inspector Archie Penrose, is not convinced. And when a second young woman is involved in a horrific accident soon afterwards, the search begins for a vicious killer who will stop at nothing to keep the past where it belongs. Moving between the decadence and glamour of a private women’s club, the bleak surroundings of Holloway prison, and the deprivation of London’s slums, Two for Sorrow is a dark and unsettling exploration of the way in which the crimes of the past destroy those left behind—long after justice is served.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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)

  • “This excellent entry in this highly recommended series provides all the classic detective components with a contemporary kick. The case is intricate and surprisingly intimate, weaving in and out of two historical periods.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Curiously touching and psychologically compelling.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Upson’s style is compelling, meticulously researched, and immaculately written. She creates a world you enter through her pages and are reluctant to leave at the end.”

    Hunts Post (London)

  • “Any crime aficionado…should make room for Nicola Upson’s novels in which the real-life author Josephine Tey, one of the grandest dames of the Golden Age of detective fiction, investigates murders in the thirties.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • A 2012 Barry Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Denise | 9/10/2011

    " Her best yet! The plot line was so intricately woven, it was a joy to unravel- "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Richard | 8/30/2011

    " I got to page 152 and thought why am i working so hard at this? I quit there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sharon | 7/27/2011

    " Two for Sorrow By Nicola Upson. The story started out good, with the two women sentenced to the gallows for killing babies. When Josephine decided to write a book about the two women, the story got lost in to much dialog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary | 7/2/2011

    " Well written and interesting in presenting this time period, however, it was too grim to enjoy reading. "

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