- Paperback: 206 pages
- Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (November 29, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684803860
- ISBN-13: 978-0684803869
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 716 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Josephine Tey is often referred to as the mystery writer for people who don't like mysteries. Her skills at character development and mood setting, and her tendency to focus on themes not usually touched upon by mystery writers, have earned her a vast and appreciative audience. In Daughter of Time, Tey focuses on the legend of Richard III, the evil hunchback of British history accused of murdering his young nephews. While at a London hospital recuperating from a fall, Inspector Alan Grant becomes fascinated by a portrait of King Richard. A student of human faces, Grant cannot believe that the man in the picture would kill his own nephews. With an American researcher's help, Grant delves into his country's history to discover just what kind of man Richard Plantagenet was and who really killed the little princes.
The New York Times One of the best mysteries of all time.
Boston Sunday Globe The unalloyed pleasure of watching a really cultivated mind in action! Buy and cherish!
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Ms Tey has created Scotland Yard Inspector Grant. He has been injured and is in bed, flat on his back in a hospital.
He has named his two nurses The Midget and The Amazon. He has memorized the cracks on the ceiling of his room. In short, he is bored.
His good friend, Marta, brings him a group of pictures, among the pictures is a picture of Richard III. Immediately, Grant wants to investigate. That is his nature. He looks at the face and finds it difficult to believe this man could have murdered two little boys.
Marta sends Grant a “wooly lamb”. The wooly lamb is Brent Carradine, a young American man who is doing research at the British Museum. Brent is just the person to become the searcher on Grant's behalf. Both men have huge curiosity for facts and research. Each of them come to the facts from different areas. Between the two of them they can figure out nearly anything.
This book was amazing for me.
It is a mystery, it is history, it is a description of two men who are compulsive about finding answers to questions. Both of them want solutions even if the question is over 500 years old.
This is the first book I have read by Ms Tey, and it will not be the last.
She has created a story which introduces the reader to British history in such a manner that the people from centuries ago are very real people. We see them as human beings living lives that would create history. We see motivations and personalities and people who are not necessarily very nice.
But, I guess power does not necessarily come with nice attached.
When all is said and done, it is evident that Henry VII was a sneak and Richard III has been accused of crimes that were against his very nature.
I will look at history with a jaundiced eye and doubt will be my middle name.
If you are looking for a book that is filled with amazing information and a mystery that is as fresh and new as anything that happened in the last week.
Thank you Ms Tey, for being such a really amazing author.