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The Daughter of Time
by Josephine Tey

Published: 1995-11-29
Paperback : 206 pages
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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.Inspe...
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In one of Tey's bestselling mystery novels ever, Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant is intrigued by a portrait of Richard III. Could such a sensitive face actually belong to one of history's most heinous villains--a king who killed his brother's children to secure his crown? Grant determines to find out once and for all what kind of man Richard was and who in fact killed the princes in the tower.

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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.


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The deaths of the Princes in the Tower may be the ultimate "cold case file.' How do you think the mid-20th century Grant's investigation resembles or differs from the approach a 21st century detective might take to a "cold" homicide case?
What do we learn about Grant as a character from his reactions in the opening chapter to the various books his friends have brought by, and to the historical figures he discusses with his friend, Marta?
From a historian's perspective, do you think Tey has "played fair" with the historical information?
by RachelP (see profile) 07/05/11

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  "The Daughter of Time"by RachelP (see profile) 07/05/11

As a person with a history degree, I found this book to be so interesting that I count it as one of those books that changed my outlook on life.

  "Who really killed the princes in the tower"by Catkee (see profile) 07/19/07

Inspector Grant is hospitalized and bored. His friend, actress Marta Hallard, brings him pictures of famous faces to study. He becomes intrigued by the picture of Richard 111 and begins to read all he... (read more)

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