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The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
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Apr 21, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011

What an incredible achievement this book is. The author has taken a five-hundred-year-old murder mystery, set the investigation in modern times, and managed to turn it into a page-turner. The book concerns a police detective who is flat on his back in the hospital, recovering from injuries received in the line of duty. The detective, Grant, is so bored that a friend persuades him to spend his time solving one of history's mysteries. Quite by chance, Grant lights on a portrait of Richard III and sets out to prove that far from being the monster that history paints him, Richard was a fine man who would no doubt have been known as one of England's greatest kings if he had survived the Tudor rebellion. The book's "action" takes place exclusively in Grant's hospital room and consists of nothing more than conversations between Grant and a young American he enlists in his research/investigation. The book should be excruciatingly dull, but is instead, fascinating. Years ago, I read The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman, so the idea that Richard was not a murdering monster is not new to me, but I have never read anything near as convincing as this book. It wasn't a light read--it's a book that requires a little outside work to keep up with all the historical characters and events--but it was an absorbing and very satisfying read.

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Reading Progress

April 21, 2011 – Started Reading
April 21, 2011 – Shelved
April 21, 2011 –
page 12
April 23, 2011 –
page 134
April 26, 2011 – Shelved as: 2011
April 26, 2011 – Finished Reading

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