The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

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8 Critic Reviews

Read it for enjoyment, for learning, and for the definition of “tonypandy.”
-Christian Science Monitor

Synopsis

Voted greatest mystery novel of all time by the Crime Writers’ Association in 1990, Josephine Tey recreates one of history’s most famous—and vicious—crimes in her classic bestselling novel, a must read for connoisseurs of fiction, now with a new introduction by Robert Barnard.

Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, recuperating from a broken leg, becomes fascinated with a contemporary portrait of Richard III that bears no resemblance to the Wicked Uncle of history. Could such a sensitive, noble face actually belong to one of the world’s most heinous villains—a venomous hunchback who may have killed his brother’s children to make his crown secure? Or could Richard have been the victim, turned into a monster by the usurpers of England’s throne? Grant determines to find out once and for all, with the help of the British Museum and an American scholar, what kind of man Richard Plantagenet really was and who killed the Little Princes in the Tower.

The Daughter of Time is an ingeniously plotted, beautifully written, and suspenseful tale, a supreme achievement from one of mystery writing’s most gifted masters.
 

About Josephine Tey

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Josephine Tey began writing full-time after the successful publication of her first novel, The Man in the Queue (1929), which introduced Inspector Grant of Scotland Yard. She died in 1952, leaving her entire estate to the National Trust.
 
Published January 8, 2013 by Touchstone. 162 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Religion & Spirituality, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Daughter of Time
All: 8 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 0

Christian Science Monitor

Above average
on Jul 29 2011

Read it for enjoyment, for learning, and for the definition of “tonypandy.”

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Suite 101

Above average
on Jun 19 2007

While nothing can be proven, it is an interesting and entertaining premise.

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Suite 101

Good
on Aug 02 2006

Every work is carefully considered, and the result turns an old history lesson into a page-turner.

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The Bookbag

Excellent
on Nov 21 2012

For an afternoon's entertainment, and one that might excite your interest to further reading on one of history's best-known controversies, I heartily recommend it.

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BellaOnline

Excellent

The Daughter of Time is a brilliant history lesson.

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Large Print Reviews

Good
on Aug 06 2001

In The Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey has crafted a marvelously complex and deliciously intriguing mystery.

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Gather Books

Good
on May 22 2011

I enjoyed a really good read, with a really neat, absorbing mystery at its core.

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Rap Sheet

Excellent
on Sep 05 2008

The whole is so wonderfully compelling that one wants to finish The Daughter of Time at one sitting.

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