Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

I’ve read so many 1940s murder mysteries by now that I’ve become used to their usual plot beats. They tend to go something like this: detective shows up to place (probably a country house), somebody dies, detective interviews a lot of people, including at least one red herring, detective finds important clue, detective confronts murderer, murderer is either arrested or commits suicide to avoid scandal. Detective goes home. And that’s not really what happens in Read More …

The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Since I liked the first Inspector Alan Grant book I read,1 I decided to go back to the beginning and read the actual first book: The Man in the Queue. First impression: Grant must have either been in a lot of pain in The Daughter of Time, or he became super grumpy between this book and number 5. In this first book he’s charming and witty and light-hearted! Compared to TDOT!Grant, this one’s practically spitting Read More …

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

The only thing I knew previous to this book about Richard III was that he was maybe in some Shakespeare play somewhere. Now I know LOTS of things! And most of those things make me sad. Kudos to Josephine Tey for making me care about a dude who died hundreds of years ago, who I’d previously never even thought of, and who now I can’t stop thinking about because it’s so UNFAIR. He wasn’t a Read More …