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Free read Ê The Man in the Queue 108 ´ A long line had formed for the standing room only section of the Woffington Theatre Didn t You Know London s favorite musical comedy for the past two years was finishing its run The line began to move but one man his head sunk down upon his chest slowly sank to his knees and keeled over A spectator moved tSilver dagger neatly plunged into his back So begins Inspector Alan Grant s first case and it s up to the dapper detective to discover how a murder was committed among so many witness. How could I have guessed that the author of The Daughter of Time one of my favorite authors ever could have written such a lumpy first novel I mean Tey s a great stylist she writes description so well that you hardly mind that it s pages and pages of the stuff And even in this novel Alan Grant is a vibrant and interesting character even if he does love fishing But it s unfortunate that Tey chose to make such broad characterizations of cultural and national groups The murder the stabbi How could I have guessed that the author of The Daughter of Time one of my favorite authors ever could have written such a lumpy first novel I mean Tey s a great stylist she writes description so well that you hardly mind that it s pages and pages of the stuff And even in this novel Alan Grant is a vibrant and interesting character even if he does love fishing But it s unfortunate that Tey chose to make such broad characterizations of cultural and national groups The murder the stabbing of a man in the press of a theater ueue could not have been committed by an Englishman Englishmen slit throats from behind it must have been a Levantine because those foreigners are so shifty American gangsters are fond of organization but the Englishman is an individualist In later novels Grant s tendency to draw conclusions about people from their appearances becomesrefined and less authoritative Given that his conclusions about the murderer were completely wrong it s possible Tey meant to show how ridiculous such characterizations are but I would think that would mean that at some point before the end Grant might have thought geez that sure was boneheaded of me The mystery itself Well I think it was obvious that Grant s singleminded pursuit of his suspect meant that he was missing something but the revelation of the real killer view spoiler Please We go through 7 8ths of the novel discovering tracking and apprehending someone whose alibi is nonexistent but compelling and then at the last second a completely different person walks in and confesses Way to undercut the whole story hide spoiler I m glad I read Tey s other novels first This one was disappointing and I doubt I d have bothered with the rest if I d gotten to this one first

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A long line had formed for the standing room only section of the Woffington Theatre Didn t You Know London s favorite musical comedy for the past two years was finishing its run The li. This book is the first one Josephine Tey wrote in her Inspector Alan Grant series First published in 1929 it is a product of its time in some ways and in other ways it is timelessThis book takes place in England mostly London and in Scotland The writing is fine although at first I was conscious of words wearing strange apparel For example if I recall one gentleman was labelled as plenitudinous instead of simply calling him stout There were a few other examples where older expressio This book is the first one Josephine Tey wrote in her Inspector Alan Grant series First published in 1929 it is a product of its time in some ways and in other ways it is timelessThis book takes place in England mostly London and in Scotland The writing is fine although at first I was conscious of words wearing strange apparel For example if I recall one gentleman was labelled as plenitudinous instead of simply calling him stout There were a few other examples where older expressions were used instead of theirmodern replacements and although context helped at first I felt it got in the way of a jump start into the novelHaving said that it didn t take long to begin reading from the perspective of time and place that the novel was written in I liked the character of Inspector Grant a lot He is very good at finding the facts in a case but he also listened to his instincts His chief called it a flair when Inspector Grant sensed that something was not uite lining up I had never come across that usage of the word as a substitute for intuition but it made me smile As the title suggests there is a man murdered in the ueue for one of the last showings of a popular London play There were several witnesses but it was difficult to pinpoint who the actual culprit might be People weren t really paying attention as they were mostly focused on being able to move far enough through the ueue to obtain one of the standing room only spots Eventually Inspector Grant was able to target his man and there were several chases and misleading clues and or near misses in the process of apprehending the murderer And that is not all Sometimes it scomplicated than one person murdering anotherI don t want to spoil the reading experience for anyone so will not divulge anyof the plot I will say that I enjoyed this book a lot and I have a feeling that the further I go into the series theintriguing it will becomeWhat amazes me the most from these older mystery series is how engaging they are without DNA without cell phones without computers and all our other modern gadgets and forensics somehow these early detectives manage to solve the crimes and justice prevails I loved it

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The Man in the QueueNe began to move but one man his head sunk down upon his chest slowly sank to his knees and keeled over A spectator moved to help but recoiled in horror The man in the ueue had a small. This is the first Josephine Tey mystery featuring Inspector Alan Grant The novel begins on a March evening in London where there are long ueues outside the many theatres including the Woffington currently playing the long running show Didn t You Know This is coming to the end of a long run and so the crowds are intense with a patient crowd inching forward and hoping to get to see the beautiful Ray Marcable As the doors open though a man in the ueue is murdered and Inspector Grant i This is the first Josephine Tey mystery featuring Inspector Alan Grant The novel begins on a March evening in London where there are long ueues outside the many theatres including the Woffington currently playing the long running show Didn t You Know This is coming to the end of a long run and so the crowds are intense with a patient crowd inching forward and hoping to get to see the beautiful Ray Marcable As the doors open though a man in the ueue is murdered and Inspector Grant is called in to investigateThis is a good example of a Golden Age mystery Grant is intelligent thoughtful and committed to finding the right person We are taken from London restaurants to race tracks and even the Scottish countryside on the investigation Who is the unknown victim in the ueue and why was he killed Although I really enjoy mysteries from this era I found I had mixed feelings about this novel I liked the sense of place and time aside from the rather uncomfortable terms used for anyone not British and Grant was a good lead even if I found him rather dry and without any defined personality in this book However it was the first novel featuring him and as such was an interesting introduction The plot started well but the ending was weak As such this was something of a disappointment as it felt rushed and not uite in character with the rest of the novel although I am glad I gave this first in the series a try