Josephine Tey (a pseudonym used by Elizabeth MacKintosh) was a much-loved Scottish Golden Age crime writer. Born in Inverness and educated at Anstey College near Birmingham, she worked as a games mistress in various schools in England and Scotland before embarking on her literary career.
Tey began writing full time after the success of her first novel, The Man in the Queue (1929), which introduced Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard as its protagonist. Another Inspector Grant novel, A Shilling for Candles, followed in 1936 and was used by Alfred Hitchcock as the basis for his 1937 film Young and Innocent. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Tey wrote several plays under the pseudonym of Gordon Daviot.
She published four further Inspector Grant mysteries, the most famous of which was the 1951 novel The Daughter of Time; in 1990, the British Crime Writers' Association selected it as it as the greatest mystery novel ever written. Tey has been hailed as a bridge-maker between Golden Age and modern crime fiction, thanks to her masterful use of psychological suspense and investigation of the darker sides of human nature.
The formidable Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard returns in this highly acclaimed, enthralling detective story that stretches back in time to the enigma of Richard III and the two princes in the Tower. Filled with impeccable narrative drive, unforeseeable twists and nuanced psychological drama, Tey’s masterpiece remains as one of finest works of crime fiction written in English.
The Alan Grant Series in Order
Other Books by Josephine Tey
Nicola Upson's Josephine Tey Series in Order
Paying homage to the beloved Golden Age novelist, Nicola Upson reimagines Josephine Tey as her fictionalised protagonist in this exquisite historical crime series.
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