3 September 2008

Forgotten Books: THE DAUGHTER OF TIME, Josephine Tey

Another contribution to Pattinase's Friday's Forgotten Books theme.

Josephine Tey (1896 - 1952) was dead almost before I began to read. I'm not sure when I first read THE DAUGHTER OF TIME: when I was a teenager I think. And I think I read it for the historical element, not the mystery. I was fascinated by the Wars of the Roses and the Tudors.

The blurb from Fantastic Fiction:
At Scotland Yard, Inspector Grant has a reputation for being able to pick them at sight. Now he is in hospital, knowing that no amount of good behaviour is going to make this anything less than an extended stay. Yet his professional curiosity is soon aroused. In a portrait of Richard III, the hunchbacked monster of nursery stories and history books, he finds a face that refuses to fit its reputation. But how, after four hundred years, can a bedridden policeman uncover the truth about the murder of the Princes in the Tower?

According to my "little green book" I read quite a number of books by Josephine Tey back in the early days including
The Man in the Queue (1929)
The Singing Sands (1952)
and
The Franchise Affair (1948)

7 comments:

Marg said...

I really enjoyed this book when I read it. I don't know why I haven't read more from her since then. I meant to.

Kerrie said...

I hadn't realised that she wrote 60-70 years ago Marg!

pattinase (abbott) said...

One of my ten favorite mysteries. I read all of them and second best for me was the Franchise Affair. Thanks

heartbeatoz said...

This is one of my Favourite Books I read it in Primary School and still have that beloved copy.

Have you read An Expert In Murder (Faber 2008) by Nicola Upson, Josephine is the main Character and it brings to life this much underated Author.

Kerrie said...

Not sure I would put it in my top 10 Patti, but it certainly made an impression on me. According to my journal records I must have gone looking for more by Tey.

No, I haven't read that one heartbeatoz, although I have seen it referred to.
Fancy you being in Adelaide too.

The Tome Traveller said...

This is a classic and one of my favorite mysteries!

Jena said...

I read this one year when I needed to break from YA/teen books. (I was teaching.) I found it a bit slow, as I recall, but I liked it and held on to it to reread it later.

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