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Book Review: Josephine Tey The Man In The Queue (Inspector Alan Grant #1)





Rating
4 out of 5 stars
Country
United Kingdom 
Writers
Josephine Tey 
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Sub Genre
Police Procedural 
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Plot Summary
The Man In The Queue is the first novel in the Inspector Alan Grant series by author Josephine Tey.  Inspector Alan Grant is called in to investigate when a man is stabbed to death in the queue to a theatre.  After interviewing witnesses a suspect is identified but the police fail to catch him when he goes on the run.



#2 A Shilling For Candles

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My Review
 This was, as largely expected, a golden age mystery classic which had the feel of a sought of aristocratic novel of the time.  It had an extremely mature feel to it even though it was actually a debut novel of the writer.  It is strongly written by an author whose later novel The Daughter of Time would go on to be considered the best British crime novel ever written.  It is also one of Tey's few pre-second world war works.

I found myself reminded of Simenon's Inspector Maigret while reading this novel.  In personal background of course the two couldn't be more different.  But it is in personality where the two are very similar.  Like Maigret Grant feels a great sense of humanism towards both the victims and the criminals.  He understands their motives and the situations they are in, even if he doesn't always agree.

Like Maigret he also pursues justice at the expense of closing the case.  When his bosses want him to close the case against the suspect, which seems to fit all the evidence, Grant is not so sure and keeps pursuing it.  He resists the pressure to get a result.

If there is a disappoint it was in the way it ended.  It doesn't come as a result of all the hard work that Grant and his team have undertaken but more in an unexpected although intriguingly worked way.

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In The Series

#1
The Man In The Queue  
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 #2
A Shilling for Candles

 0684842386
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 #3
To Love and Be Wise 
0684006316
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 #4
The Daughter of Time
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#5
The Singing Sands
0684818922 
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