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A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey
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Sep 11, 09

bookshelves: 2009, mystery, physical-collection
Read in August, 2009

Josephine Tey is a unique writer of mysteries. Every story is completely different, and even the few with Alan Grant as the detective are independent, stand-alone stories.

Tey relies much more on characterization, although her plotting is well-developed, than is usual in the "Golden Age" mysteries. She doesn't do the "fair play" thing, where the mystery is presented as a puzzle and the reader is supplied with all the clues. Her books aren't games on paper; they're real novels. "A Shilling for Candles, which starts with the drowning of a film star, is a case in point. The reader becomes so involved with the characters that the plot resolution, usually so important to the mystery reader, becomes a secondary consideration. Very well done.
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