Tag Archives: Alan Grant

The Singing Sands – Josephine Tey

Quite a few murder mysteries begin with their victim alive, just long enough that the reader comes to know and like him. (I hate that.) With The Singing Sands, the victim is dead from the beginning, but I still got … Continue reading

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To Love and Be Wise – Josephine Tey

To Love and Be Wise boasts another absolutely gorgeous cover by Pamela Patrick. This is one time when I understand the Goodreads folk who obsess about uniformity in a series. My editions are a ragtag group; someday I’d like to … Continue reading

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The Daughter of Time – Josephine Tey

Edison single-handedly discovered electricity. Paul Revere made a midnight ride to warn village folk that the British were approaching. Of course, Christopher Columbus was the first European to discover America. Richard III had his two young nephews killed off in … Continue reading

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A Shilling for Candles – Josephine Tey

Another excellent example of “not your ordinary mystery novel”. A body is discovered on a beach, and the immediate assumption of suicide is soon contradicted by the evidence. (I have to say I’m a little impressed that the article found … Continue reading

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The Franchise Affair – Josephine Tey

I read this thinking throughout “This book would make a fantastic movie. I can’t believe it hasn’t been adapted – it has everything.” But it has been filmed, in Hollywood in 1950 only on VHS at the moment – co-starring … Continue reading

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The Man in the Queue – Josephine Tey

After a long absence, Alan Grant returns to my life. (Which is a different way of saying “I haven’t read this in a long time”.) It’s obvious that Josephine Tey didn’t originally intend to write mystery novels: not to in … Continue reading

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