Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Rec. #228: The Daughter of Time
What: First of all, the title. You know the saying "Truth is the daughter of time" (credit to Sir Francis Bacon)? Well, that's why the title.
So. Josephone Tey's Inspector Alan Grant is recuperating with a broken leg and is feeling restless. (As you do.) He decides to pass the time by solving a historical mystery: Who killed the Princes in the Tower? Grant suspects it was not the notoriously wicked Richard III.
Comparable to: Prolific mystery author Elizabeth Peters took her own stab at defending Richard Plantagenet with The Murders of Richard III.
Opening lines: "Grant lay on his high white cot and stared at the ceiling. Stared at it with loathing."
Representative quote: "It was Grant's belief that if you could not find out about a man, the next best way to arrive at an estimate of him was to find out about his mother."
You might not like it if: Too. Much. British. History.
How to get it: Library or bookstore. It's not currently Kindle-able, but it's a modern classic, so that's only a matter of time.
Connections to previous Wreckage: I've already recommended two of Tey's other books --- Miss Pym Disposes (Rec. #75) and Brat Farrar (Rec. #200). All of them are clever mysteries, but they're very different kinds of mysteries, and very different kinds of clever.