Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The Daughter of Time


by Josephine Tey is one of the ( many) books I am reading this month.

This is a re-read.

I first discovered Tey in high school English class.

Since then , I have read all her novels and re-read several - especially " The Daughter of Time" (1951), my first introduction to the author.

The novel is a mystery novel with a difference. It is engaging. It is a cleverly constructed detective history.

Tey recreates one of history's most infamous crimes - the murder of the princes in the tower by Richard III. Inspector Grant, of London on the 1950s, is on his sick bed and decides to pass time by attempting to solve the historical crime.

An intriguing mystery book, on the search for truth and for honesty in history, with Tey's clever writing and memorable comments.

"There are...far too many words written. Millions and millions of them pouring from the presses every minute. It's a horrible thought...It might be a good thing if all the presses of the world were stopped for a generation. There ought to be a literary moratorium. Some Superman ought to invent a ray that would stop them all simultaneously. "

2 comments:

Jennifer said...

Sounds intriguing! I remember standing there reading some little sign about this and being shocked at history in England. It's just so much older over there and this instance was one of the moments when the timeline seemed to crush down upon me.

Leonie said...

How lovely to have visited England - one of my future plans is to do so. :-)