A Combination of Mystery & History: The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (1951)

The Daughter of Time is an unusual type of crime mystery in that a piece of English history is resurrected and brought into the 20th Century to be investigated. It concerns the reign of Richard III and the murder of the Princes in the Tower. Josephine Tey’s Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard conducts his … Continue reading A Combination of Mystery & History: The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (1951)

Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey (1949)

Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey was written a year after The Franchise Affair and is a mystery without a detective. I've mentioned before that Josephine Tey's books are very original, and Brat Farrar is no exception. Tey's detective, Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, doesn't even get a mention in this book, and in fact, … Continue reading Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey (1949)

The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey (1948)

Josephine Tey has just shot to the top of the list of my favourite authors. Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard was already up there as the most humane and likeable literary detective of my reading to date, but although he does play a (very minor) role in this novel, it is an unqualified, unlikely, … Continue reading The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey (1948)

The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey

Josephine Tey is the pseudonym of Elizabeth MacKintosh, a Scottish author, who also wrote numerous plays under the name of Gordon Daviot. She was one of the great British writers who wrote during the Golden Age of Crime and is best known for her mystery novels.The Singing Sands was published after Tey's death in 1952, … Continue reading The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey