The Daughter of Time

Tey, Josephine

(Book - 1952)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Daughter of Time
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.
Publisher: New York : MacMillan Co., 1952, c1951
ISBN: 9780684803869
Branch Call Number: YA PB Tey


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Oct 20, 2014
  • andreareads rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my all-time favourites, highly recommended to anyone interested in history.

Dec 04, 2012
  • hmcgivney rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It took me about 100 pages to get into this book. As a history lover, I wasn't too fond of the constant "historians are so misguided; you can't trust history books." But the piecing together of the evidence and the discussion of the ramifications of each piece was pretty interesting.

May 10, 2012
  • Maximus45 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

For any Richard III fan - very measured fictinoal account of his innocence

Jul 10, 2010
  • SusannahElf rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This was the biggest disappointment I have recently experienced in a book. Tey has written some very enjoyable and clever mysteries, but this one is excruciatingly boring because it consists solely of her signature detective Grant lying in a hospital bed and having conversations with people about whether or not Richard the third was such a bad guy. Characters quote from historical documents to one another, and say things like, "oh, really, I didn't know that," in response. Seriously, that is the entire book. Just awful as a novel, though it does contain some information which might have made a decent non-fiction book.

Dec 22, 2009
  • cbw rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I couldn't agree more with Charlie68. I read this book years ago and must admit I revisit it from time to time. It made such a strong case for Richard III that by the end of it I was ready to run out and join the Richard III Society...not that I did. Those who enjoyed the protagonist might want to check out a few of Josephine Tey's other novels as well.

Dec 21, 2009
  • Charlie68 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great read that will make you check out the history for Richard III again. Took me four days to plow through this.


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