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Mim A. Houk

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  • The Daughter of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Josephine Tey
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (263)

    Confined to a hospital bed, Scotland Yard's Inspector Alan Grant is bored. To divert his attention from his pain, a friend brings him pictures of faces. He becomes engrossed with the portrait of Richard III. How is it possible that such a sensitive-appearing soul could have been portrayed as the odious villain, the Wicked Uncle of history, responsible for the murder of his young nephews, heirs to the British throne, in order to secure the line of succession for himself?

    Sheila says: "very interesting"
    "Richard III Revisited"
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    When a mystery novel by a popular author makes it into the scholarly world as a source for Richard III (this happened with Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey in Cliff Notes) the reader knows he's onto something very special. A London detective, hospitalized with a broken leg, is helped out of his boredom by a friend who brings him portraits of famous, unidentified people and challenges him to define the character just from the portrait. Having always prided himself on his ability to "read" the faces he encounters in his real world, he accepts the challenge, only to find that he has classed Richard III as a good, generous, kindly judge, rather than the killer of his two helpless nephews in the Tower of London, in order to claim the throne. This starts him out, with the help of a young American researcher who brings him books and references from the British Library, on a detective search to prove Richard innocent of the crime which Shakespeare fastened to his name for all time. Any history lover will exult in this book. It challenges as well as entertains.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brat Farrar

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Josephine Tey
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (87)

    A stranger enters the inner sanctum of the Ashby family posing as Patrick Ashby, the heir to the family’s sizeable fortune. The stranger, Brat Farrar, has been carefully coached on Patrick’s mannerisms, appearance and every significant detail of Patrick’s early life, up to his 13th year when he disappeared and was thought to have drowned himself.

    Mim A. Houk says: "A dearly-loved, favorite to read and reread."
    "A dearly-loved, favorite to read and reread."
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    This story takes the classic change-of-identity plot and turns it on its head. Set on a horse farm in the English Midlands, Brat Farrar takes full advantage of the beautiful scenery and a family of wonderfully individual characters, with a tragic mystery in its past and a warm and human faith in a future. Sounds sappy, but it carries the reader along, revealing the hidden facts and surprising us all in the process. Simply a lovely, lovely book which makes this reader, at least, wish I had been part of the Ashby family.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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