The Man in the Queue

The Man in the Queue

Book - 2012
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-The Man in the Queue- is the first case for Scotland Yard Inspector Grant who was to become the hero of five of Josephine Tey's mystery novels. Josephine Tey was in fact a pseudonym for the Scottish author Elizabeth Mackintosh. It is set in London and is concerned with a mysterious murder that is committed whilst people are queuing in front of the Woofington Theatre to see the final performance of Didn't You Know? starring Ray Marcable, the sensation of the moment. Written over 80 years ago, in 1929, this crime novel has aged amazingly well and is mostly concerned with the personalities and motivations of the characters.
Publisher: Oxford : City Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9781781391990
1781391998
Characteristics: 200 p. ; 24 cm.

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sabzcal
Aug 11, 2016

A bit disappointing ending. The book starts interestingly enough with <*SPOILERS AHEAD*> murder taking place in a queue. There are a number of promising red herrings. However the end is a bit of a damp squib. I've noticed this problem with some of Tey's mysteries. Most of them start off with a novel situation, but some of them end lamely. Almost as if having written half the novel, the writer doesn't quite know how to end it, or is too impatient to end it on a high note. Maybe that is Tey's intent at times. After all life doesn't always end on a high note all the time.

cals_peggy Oct 01, 2015

This is Tey's first novel in the Inspector Alan Grant Series. It is beautifully written with well developed characters. The novel is witty and clever as are other Tey novels.

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genfloss
May 24, 2011

oldie but goodie

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