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In 1951 Josephine Tey wrote her 5th novel in the Inspector Grant series In 1990 this mystery novel was named the greatest mystery novel of all time by the British Crime Writers' Association After reading it I can definitely see whyFor one thing during the entire novel Inspector Alan Grant is confined to bed with a broken leg and a strained back He is an inspector for Scotland Yard – an active man relying on his brains and his brawn to help him solve cases He also studies faces and uses his intuition to help him figure out who did what when it comes to crimeNow however he is beside himself Stuck in one place tired of tracing the possible pictures in the cracks and fissures of the ceiling above him bored beyond belief and ready to bolt – or stage a revolt whichever might allow him to release some steamThanks to some friends he is offered a mystery to solve A very old mystery one with its roots in history which means it is written by historians which means a combination of invention speculation and based only on whatever facts might have been expedient to use at the timeThat is the basic introduction to this amazingly well written book It is funny moves along faster than a hospital bed on greased wheels down a long hallway no that didn’t happen and it is crime solving with collaboration at its very best And there is a twist near the end that I did not see coming Not even closeI am so glad that I read this book It was an exhilarating experience and even exceeded my expectations which is saying a great deal considering I knew the honours that have been bestowed on this novel I do recommend it as a fascinating bit of sleuthing from a few hundred years “after the fact” Okay now I’m convinced King Richard III didn’t have his two young nephews murdered in the Tower of London in the late 1400s gives Henry VII the hard side eyeIn this classic mystery by Josephine Tey a laid up British police inspector tries to prove just for his own satisfaction that Richard has been unfairly maligned by historians An enthusiastic young American an actress and a nurse help out with his research The novel ends up having uite a lot to say about human natureOctober 2018 group read with the Retro Reads group This day was our good King Richard piteously slain and murdered; to the great heaviness of this cityIf you take the players in The War of the Roses and place them in modern times one could almost compare them to The Mob fighting for control of their territoryimage error I went into this book only knowing that it proved Richard III wasn't the wicked uncle who offed his nephews in the Tower What I didn't know was that after a rather snarky and fun intro that sets the scene of a cranky inspector bed ridden with a broken leg it would soon become a tedious story with dull pacing boring dialogue and a self righteous toneThe premise is based solely on Alan Grant's gut instinct that the face of Richard III in a portrait reproduction isn't the face of an evil murderer The length to which the whole faces don't lie theory is expounded upon reminded me too much of some extreme Ricardians who often sound like fangirls claiming they can see into his soul I wasn't expecting such a faulty foundation to launch the mysteryAs Grant's bedside investigation continues he becomes a convert to the Innocent Richard school of thought and his dialogue really takes on the tone of a smug evangelical to a cause Then there's the dialogue from nearly all of the characters about what they think or know or have read about Richard III and Fam that reads like a book report or an encyclopedia For such a short short book it got overbearing Throw in some literary analysis about a fiction novel on Cecily Nevill and I nearly fell asleepIt's very ironic that Grant tosses aside Thomas More's history calling it a party pamphlet when this book despite its research has a distinct pamphlety feel only for the OTHER partyI'm not overly fond of mysteries and tend to avoid them as a rule except for the odd Agatha Christie but my carps for this one has nothing to do with it being a mystery I even think that Richard III most likely was innocent of the crime so I'm in partial sympathy with the agenda hereBut it's simply a dull piece of fiction Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant is intrigued by a portrait of Richard III Could such a sensitive face actually belong to a heinous villain — a king who killed his brother's children to secure his crown Grant seeks what kind of man Richard was and who in fact killed the princes in the tower Sin death and hell have set their marks on himAnd all their ministers attend on him William Shakespeare Richard III Act I Scene IIIRichard III is one of history’s most notorious villains Thanks in large part to Shakespeare’s play he is known as a remorseless usurper who murdered his young nephews the “princes in the tower” so that he could become King He was King for less than two years but he remains one of the memorable characters from British history This is not an open and shut case The “Ricardian” contingent still active as the Richard III Society thinks Richard got a raw deal His fame comes from a play written during the reign of the Tudor Elizabeth I based on work by Thomas More who served the Tudor Henry VIII The Tudors they argue had a vested interest in showing Richard in the worst possible light After all the first Tudor King Henry VII came to the throne after defeating Richard in battle Richard’s defenders hold that he was falsely accused of ordering the murders suffering an unfair blot on his reputation that has lasted for several hundred yearsJosephine Tey presents the pro Richard arguments in an unusual way Published in 1951 the novel is set in the first part of the 20th century Alan Grant an inspector from Scotland Yard was injured while pursuing a suspect He is laid up in the hospital for weeks recovering from his injuries Bored out of his gourd he is looking for something to occupy him It comes in the form of a picture a print of this painting of King Richard III Grant studies the painting and thinks a guy with such a lovable face just couldn’t have done those terrible things and given his background as a detective Grant knows faces With the help of a friend who acts as a research assistant he “investigates” the case ultimately finding view spoilerRichard innocent with his successor Henry VII as the real culprit hide spoiler The author has created a skilful investigation of Richard III’s involvement in the deaths of his two nephews Laid up with injuries in a hospital Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant is utterly bored with nothing to do except look at patterns on the ceiling The Inspector has a canny knack for reading faces and as he looks upon Richard III’s portrait he doesn’t see a murderer but of a haunted man Through a great deal of research on source documents testimonies and evaluating written records Inspector Grand spends his convalescing time uncovering the ualities of Richard III Although slow in some chapters it tends to read like a history lesson but very well done would appeal to history buffs An eye opener for how history is written to the benefit of those in power while revealing how other past events actually happened not how they have been portrayed uite interesting; makes one consider what is actually true or entirely false Rating 45 of fiveThe Publisher Says Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant is intrigued by a portrait of Richard III Could such a sensitive face actually belong to a heinous villain — a king who killed his brother's children to secure his crown Grant seeks what kind of man Richard was and who in fact killed the princes in the towerMy Review Many's the Golden Age mystery that viewed by modern eyes and filtered through epithet intolerant lenses doesn't hold up well This novel published in 1951 not only holds up well but shows up many a modern master of the form This isn't some bloated tome that makes your night table sag This isn't some CSI esue science class in blood chemistry or the digestive system It is a beautifully constructed interestingly conceived historically extremely persuasive treatise on the subject of Richard III and the Little Princes in the Tower he allegedly murderedIt is also a thumping good read as a Canadian friend of mine calls them A book that sucks you in seduces you with clarity and fascination and at the end leaves you fully satisfied The Daughter of Time was her last completed novel and the last published before her death from cancer at the absurdly young to modern sensibilities age of 56 However thoroughly delicious a catalog of work she left us with including a posthumously published novel The Singing Sands another decade or two would likely have given us many delights Call me greedy but I crave those lost ideas Curse you cigarettes Richard III had been credited with the elimination of two nephews and his name was a synonym for evil But Henry VII whose ‘settled and considered policy’ was to eliminate a whole family was regarded as a shrewd and far seeing monarch Not very lovable perhaps but constructive and painstaking and very successful withal Grant gave up History was something that he would never understand The values of historians differed so radically from any values with which he was acuainted that he could never hope to meet them on any common groundI loved this book it had absolutely everything that I wantedneeded on the rainy winter weekend when I read this In a way I could relate uite well to Inspector Grant as he was laid up in hospital with nothing to do but stare at the ceiling bored out of his head Rainy winter weekends can have a similar effect Unlike Grant of course it didn't occur to me to start a research project into the life and legacy of Richard III I merely cozied up with Tey's book and a good supply of tea and snacks I can't even put my finger of why I thought the book was so enjoyable part of me liked the characters and the banter part of me liked the mystery element even tho there is little mystery to it and part liked the historical aspect of it I loved how Tey chose to format the story how she disguised her research into the story of RIII as a hobby to pass time with In a way this is why I love historical fiction not because it sugar coats all of the historical information and presents it in an easily digestible narrative but because it dares to ask uestions and share how the actual research of non fictional topics can be fun It has the power to inspire people to learn I for one will take a much closer look at portraits from now on and especially the one of RIII It’s hard to read A Daughter of Time and not think of James Stewart similarly laid up in Rear Window which was produced only a few years later than Tey’s mystery In Hitchcock’s movie the photographer casts a panoptic gaze at the people he can see through the many apartment windows available from his rear window and plays detective with the help of the ridiculously over dressed Grace Kelly Alan Grant in Tey’s novel similarly wounded in the line of duty is an actual detectiveinspector from Scotland Yard who becomes intrigued by a portrait and begins to study—obsessively—the history of Richard the ThirdWhile I gave up on understanding each and every royal relationship—you may have to be English to do that—Grant’s process is fascinating He starts with the histories but then realizes they are nothing but hearsay and upon scrutiny dubious hearsay at that For our theory addled brains what Tey accomplishes here is New Historicism in motion Nothing new to us perhaps but a particularly fresh approach in 1951 when history was often venerated as fact rather than the saga of the winners And I don’t mean to imply we’re any brighter now; it’s likely we’re dumber but few look at history books today with the calm acceptance I experienced when I read for example that Christopher Columbus “discovered America” since America apparently had no history until white people arrived Rather than relying on the master narratives Grant approaches the situation like an investigation and with the assistance of a fresh and likable young researcher locates artifacts from the actual time of the alleged murder of the princes in the tower What’s most fascinating about Tey’s literate book is the investigation itself and what unfolds in real time for the reader to ponder The Daughter of Time


About the Author: Josephine Tey

Gordon Daviot whose name also appears on the title page of another of her 1929 novels 'Kit An Unvarnished History' She also used the Daviot by line for a biography of the 17th century cavalry leader John Graham which was entitled 'Claverhouse' 1937 Mackintosh also wrote plays both one act and full length some of which were produced during her lifetime under the pseudonym Gordon Daviot The district of Daviot near her home of Inverness in Scotland was a location her family had vacationed The name Gordon does not appear in either her family or her historyElizabeth Mackintosh came of age during World War I attending Anstey Physical Training College in Birmingham England during the years 1915 1918 Upon graduation she became a physical training instructor for eight years In 1926 her mother died and she returned home to Inverness to care for her invalid father Busy with household duties she turned to writing as a diversion and was successful in creating a second career Alfred Hitchcock filmed one of her novels 'A Shilling for Candles' 1936 as 'Young and Innocent' in 1937 and two other of her novels have been made into films 'The Franchise Affair' 1948 filmed in 1950 and 'Brat Farrar' 1949 filmed as 'Paranoiac' in 1963 In addition a number of her works have been dramatised for radioHer novel 'The Daughter of Time' 1951 was voted the greatest mystery novel of all time by the Crime Writers' Association in 1990Miss Mackintosh never married and died at the age of 55 in London A shy woman she is reported to have been somewhat of a mystery even to her intimate friends While her death seems to have been a surprise there is some indication she may have known she was fatally ill for some time prior to her passing


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