In , archaeologists excavated a skeleton with spinal curvature and battle wounds near that spot in the parking lot. They concluded, eventually, that it was indeed Richard III. Tey, whose real name was Elizabeth MacKintosh, is herself something of a mystery. A teacher from Inverness, Scotland, she began publishing novels in under the name Gordon Daviot, the first of her pseudonyms. His active mind has exhausted the entertainment value of his hospital room by mapping the cracks on the ceiling and profiling his nurses, whom he dubs the Midget and the Amazon.
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Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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.
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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Daughter of Time , please sign up. I did enjoy the book, but don't understand where the title comes from. Any ideas? I bought this used on a whim and didn't realize it was part of a series; do I need to read the others before reading this one? Sue Bursztynski No. It's standalone. I didn't read any of the others till about a year ago. See all 8 questions about The Daughter of Time….
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 16, Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing Shelves: detective-mystery. Perhaps the oddest and best mystery ever written.
I know, I know--sounds boring. But it isn't. A fascinating meditation on history, propaganda, prejudice and memory. View all 20 comments. Apr 27, Jaline rated it it was amazing Shelves: xxcompleted.
In , Josephine Tey wrote her 5th novel in the Inspector Grant series. In , 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 use In , Josephine Tey wrote her 5th novel in the Inspector Grant series.
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. 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. View all 56 comments.
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 more modern times- one could almost compare them to The Mob fighting for control of their territory His friend- Marta- sympathetic to his plight- brings him photographs of important figures throughout history and the mysteries surrounding them- long unsolved.
Alan finds one face jumps out at him more than the rest There is no real suspense in this mystery- all the players are looooooong dead- and no one is coming after Mr. Grant to stop him from uncovering the truth. So don't expect to be on the edge of your seat- but do expect to be thoroughly entertained if this is a subject that interests you View all 28 comments. 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 group read with the Retro Reads group! View 1 comment. He was King for less than two years, but he remains one of the more memorable characters from British history.
This is not an open-a "Sin, death, and hell have set their marks on him, And all their ministers attend on him. This is not an open-and-shut case.
The Tudors, they argue, had a vested interest in showing Richard in the worst possible light. Josephine Tey presents the pro-Richard arguments in an unusual way. Published in , 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.
He makes a good point about the simplified and often unsupported history presented in the school textbooks he reads, but much of his discussion involves setting up and knocking down straw men. We are left to rely on the accounts of people who lived at the time or just afterward. This version of Richard is almost suspiciously saintly, especially given the usurping tendencies of so many of his Plantagenet forbears.
View all 5 comments. 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. 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. View all 23 comments. 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 mu I went into this book only knowing that it "proved" Richard III wasn't the wicked uncle who offed his nephews in the Tower. 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 more 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. 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.
The Daughter of Time
It begins with a body in the library. Two hundred pages later, when the police have exhausted all lines of inquiry and made hee-hawing jackasses of themselves, an amateur detective summons the dramatis personae to the same library—they may well include an actress, a tennis pro, an embittered widow, a disinherited younger son, and of course a butler—to reveal which of them is the killer. That is the familiar template for crime fiction in the golden age, those years between the First and Second World Wars, when authors such as Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, and Dorothy L. Sayers earned fortunes by satisfying an apparently limitless public appetite for corpses in English country houses.
The Detective Novel That Convinced a Generation Richard III Wasn’t Evil
Making the past sing a relevant song. Tey, a jolly good writer of mysteries and detection, fascinated by psychology, and not dwelling overmuch in bloody gore, uses the crime fiction genre to deconstruct a historical villain — or, at least, one who has come down to us as villain — Richard III. The one who had the innocent lamb sons of his brother, Edward IV, brutally done to death in the Tower. Now is the win-ter of our dis-con-tent Made glorious sum-mer by this son of York.
Daughter Of Time
It was the last book Tey published in her lifetime, shortly before her death. Alan Grant, Scotland Yard Inspector a character who also appears in five other novels by the same author is feeling bored while confined to bed in hospital with a broken leg. Marta Hallard, an actress friend of his, suggests that he should amuse himself by researching a historical mystery. She brings him some pictures of historical characters, aware of Grant's interest in human faces. He prides himself on being able to read a person's character from his appearance, and King Richard seems to him a gentle, kind and wise man. Why is everyone so sure that he was a cruel murderer?