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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


10 thoughts on “The Daughter of Time

  1. says:

    Perhaps the oddest and best mystery ever written Police Inspector Grant, flat on his back in hospital, solves the historical mystery of Richard III and the Little Princes in the Tower I know, I know sounds boring But it isn t A fascinating meditation on history, propaganda, prejudice and memory.


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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 why.For 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 crime.Now, 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 steam.Thanks 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 time.That 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 close.I 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.


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    This day was our good King Richard piteously slain and murdered to the great heaviness of this city.If 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 territory image error


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    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 qualities 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 Quite interesting makes one consider what is actually true or entirely false.


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    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 eye In 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 quite a lot to say about human nature.October 2018 group read with the Retro Reads group


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    Sin, death, and hell have set their marks on him,And 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 years.Josephine 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 spoiler Richard innocent, with his successor Henry VII as the real culprit hide spoiler


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    Rating 4.5 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 tower.My 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 esque 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 murdered.It 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


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    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 tone.The 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 mystery As 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 asleep.It 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 party.I 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 here.But it s simply a dull piece of fiction.


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    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 detective inspector, from Scotland Yard, who becomes intrigued by a portrait and begins to study obsessively the history of Richard the Third.While 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.


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    The title threw me a little, but this turned out to be an interesting and entertaining mystery about the murder of the two Princes in the Tower No one knows what really happened, but popular belief is that their uncle, Richard III, had them killed to clear his way to become King of England Josephine Tey and her two main characters, Alan Grant and Brent Carradine, take a forensic, Scotland Yard approach to the crime, and come up with the conclusion that most of the history books are wrong I ve read my share of royal history, both fictional and historical, so I enjoyed this counter approach to the subject Very well written.