"One of the best mysteries of all time" (The New York Times)—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.
At first I thought that this book was about Grant, the first character in the book, but it turns out to be about Richard III. Who knew? Despite the shock of realizing what the plot is about, I really enjoyed this book! It’s a great light read, and it’s a great book to give to your kid. The author doesn’t write about Richard III, but she writes about someone reading about him, which makes it a bit easier to digest. Highly recommend this book!!!
A lot better then I thought. If you are looking for a good book that will get you thinking, well, this is your book.
Unusual, educational and entertaining
I'm not sure I agree with the professional crime writers, who ranked this as the greatest crime novel ever. But it is pretty darn good. For me at least, the premise was unique: 20th century protective solves 15th-century crime. I know a lot more about the War of the Roses than I did when I started the book — and I can finally name all the kings of England from Edward III through Henry VIII, a period that has always been a muddle to me. But it's the writing that makes the book works so well. Ms Tey writes very nicely and from the first page, I found myself pulled forward through the story. The recent discovery in England of the bones of Richard III makes this story particularly timely.