I have read one other Josephine Tey book (The Franchise Affair) and very much enjoyed it and loved her writing style so I was very pleased when I saw this one for sale in a bookshop. I did enjoy it, however it was very different from The Franchise Affair and I found it less gripping. It is the investigation by police officer, Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, into whether Richard III actually murdered the Princes in the Tower.

I admired the historical accuracy the author had and her obvious interest in the subject and how she managed to bring alive these historical characters for the reader, but I did struggle to maintain my interest as I don’t have much historical knowledge and felt the novel presumes the reader knows all about this period in history; I found myself getting confused with the people and who was related to who. I do think that there is probably nobody who could hold my interest on this subject as long as Josephine Tey did and she really did make me care about Richard and the accusation against him and I did become interested in whether he was a murderer or not, but the book didn’t grab me as much as I’d expected it to. However, I am loath to criticise it as I feel it is a great piece of work and an admirable undertaking to bring a historical mystery and its characters to readers of 600 years later, and a wonderful idea to apply more modern detective methods to a historical crime – it was probably more my lack of historical knowledge, rather than Tey’s book, that caused me to struggle with this one. I still hold Tey in very high regard and will continue to look out for other books by her.

As an aside, I don’t understand the title choice of The Daughter of Time as didn’t see any reference to a daughter.

The Daughter Of Time (Paperback)

By (author): Josephine Tey

Daughter of Time
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