Our August 2006 selection was one of the all-time classics of the mystery field — a mixture of contemporary and historical — Josephine Tey’s The Daughter of Time.
Tey re-creates one of history’s most famous — and vicious — crimes in her classic bestselling novel, a must read for connoisseurs of fiction. 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.
This title was discussed at the Just Desserts meeting on August 31, 2006. We encourage you to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book in a reply comment to this blog post, below!