Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

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.

The Daughter of Time is a 1951 novel by Josephine Tey, often referenced by supporters of King Richard III of England, despite the fact that it never claims to be other than fiction. It was the last book Tey published shortly before her death.
"Without leaving his bed, Grant investigates the evidence & arrives at a convincing solution by means of acute historical detection, in a tale which Anthony Boucher called "one of the permanent classics in the detective field," & which Dorothy B. Hughes has termed "not only one of the most important mysteries of the year, but of all years of mystery".
The title of the novel is taken from Bertolt Brecht's play Life of Galileo, in which the eponymous hero observes: "Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority."

 Paperback, 192 pages
Published 1974 by Penguin (first published 1951) 
Did King Richard III really murder (or arrange to have murdered) his nephews in the Tower of London?  Were they a threat to the throne he claimed?  Though this book claims to be fiction it does read like an actual police case, the gathering of facts and attempting to prove that Richard III is innocent of one of the most infamous unsolved crimes in history.

Anything that I've ever read about the princes in the tower have always shown King Richard III as the bad guy, the one responsible for the murders. With the discovery of King Richard III's body recently and so much in the news I felt it was time to listen to the other side of the story.  The reader of this audio did a wonderful job, easy to listen to and I really enjoyed the story, I always love first person narrative, especially in an audio. 

Definitely a book for Richardian's out there.

My first book by this author and it was only after reading that I found out it was book 5 in a series of 6 books, which didn't affect the story at all.


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