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John Edwards

I've met your sort before. You just like Grant because he's got a private income and a British accent! :-)
I went through a Josephine Tey phase (again) recently and I do wish she had written more. Have you read 'Brat Farrer' (not an Inspector Grant one)- I think that is my favourite. A tribute to her style is that I must have read them all at least three times now and despite knowing the ending I still enjoy them.

Cath

My daughter gave me a complete collection of these books recently as she wasn't too interested in reading them. Talk about thrilled! As you know, I read this first one a couple of weeks ago and was very impressed despite the constant use of the 'Dago' word. I didn't realise that A Shilling for Candles had been filmed by Hitchcock. That might solve my problem of what to read for the 'movie' category for the Vintage mystery challenge. I'm reading all over the place for that but do in fact almost have a 'Bingo' line complete. I think I might be trying to read for all 36 categories though!

vicki (skiourophile / bibliolathas)

She has such a quiet style, I find, in the Grant books, and then one reads something totally different like Brat Farrar or the astonishing Miss Pym Disposes, and can only come to the conclusion that she write a shopping list and it'd be brilliant.

Rohan

I recently read Brat Farrar and Miss Pym Disposes, but the only Tey I know that really features Grant is The Daughter of Time. You've convinced me I should keep reading!

Stefanie

Grant sounds like a great character and this seems like a fun book. One of the few mystery writers I like to read now and then is P.D. James and I do like her Adam Dalgliesh very much. I'll put this one on my TBR list and maybe give it a go sometime this year even!

Kathy

I definitely have a crush on Inspector Grant. I've read all of Tey's books, but not for a long time. Perhaps I'll jump on A Shilling for Candles for my Mystery Bingo choice--I've read several for this challenge, but they're all over the board! I might have three in one line at the most.

Audrey

My bookcrush (mystery version) is Armand Gamache, but your Inspector Grant seems like he could be another.

Have you read Nicola Upson's mysteries, where Josephine Tey is her sleuth? They're very good - I learned about them because P.D. James mentioned the first one in her recent book about detective fiction (talk about getting a shout out!)

Danielle

Am I so transparent? :) She is very good, isn't she? Previously I had only read Brat Farrar and The Franchise Affair--both of which I loved and both I would happily reread, so it seemed about time to meet Inspector Grant. I enjoyed this first book and will read all the rest now! And I think The Franchise Affair is my fave so far, but Brat Farrar comes in a close second--I love stories about doppelgangers. Did you read Mary Stewart's The Ivy Tree--it put me very much in mind of Brat Farrar!

Danielle

Lucky you! I would have happily taken them off her hands as well. Your post is actually what prompted me to get back to the story! :) I loved the book but the constant use of 'Dago' was a little off putting. I know it is just a reflection of the times, but it did get old fast. I hadn't known about the Hitchcock angle at first either (he is my favorite director--if people actually have favorite directors?). My reading has been slow but I hope it will pick up now with summer around the corner. I think I have a row started, but I am just reading at whim mostly at this point. I will have to look at the categories again--I like the movie square--lots of possibilities for that one!

Danielle

She is good, isn't she? I read Brat Farrar so long ago now that I really do need to reread it, I think. And I have Miss Pym on my reading pile--I was tempted to reach for that next, but in the end I have picked up a Mary Roberts Rinehart for something different. I will likely get back to Tey when I finish, however.

Danielle

I always forget about The Daughter of Time. I have never had a strong desire to pick that one up for some reason, though as it is an Inspector Grant I definitely will now. I know, though, that everyone who has read it raves about it. If you've not read The Franchise Affair I highly recommend it. Even Sarah Waters has raved about it--and that is most definitely a compliment!

Danielle

Grant is really interesting--I think I need to get to know him better! :) And I need to get back to PD James, too. I keep pulling her books from my reading pile, but then usually some other mystery ends up cutting in front of her. I think you might like this one--you might, too, like one of her non-Grant novels, too. Brat Farrar is great, too.

Danielle

I have only read a few vintage mysteries so far (which is sort of strange for me as I tend to read more of this genre than anything else). I am ready to pick up another Inspector Grant, but I chose The Circular Staircase in the end--so I could add a new book/author to my century list--plus I have long wanted to try her out as well. She'll do double duty for Bingo, too.

Danielle

Oh, yes, I can see where Armand Gamache would be attractive. I have only read one of Louise Penny's books--must pick up the next one, too. And I have only read the first Nicola Upson book as well--I want to read the rest but I was thinking I should really read more of Tey first since she is the inspiration for Nicola Upson. Anything PD James suggests is a book I am willing to try!

Harriet

Josephine Tey is wonderful -- you have so much delight in store if you are new to her. The Franchise Affair is probably the best, but all are great. I've read a few Nicola Upsons, but the last one was so disappointing I'm not going on with them. Stick to Tey herself and you can't go wrong.

Danielle

I have only read a couple of her other books--and I think of the few I have read I agree that The Franchise Affair is really good and my favorite so far. I have only read one by Nicola Upson--thought it would be better to read Tey herself first and then go back to Upson later. Tey is great, though, and I look forward to the next Inspector Grant book!

Caroline

Oooh this sounds right up my street.
On the wish list she goes.
My only detective crush recently - since Marlowe - was Carofiglio's Avvocato Guido Guerrieri.

Danielle

My only criticism of the book--and I didn't mention it here was that Grant kept calling the unknown killer the 'Dago' as he was sure he was of Latin heritage. I know it is simply a reflection of the times and attitudes, but he did go on about it rather a lot. Eventually I was able to just ignore the stereotype, but at first it was a little jarring. Otherwise I loved the story and Inspector Grant especially. I really need to read Carofiglio....

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