'Truth is the Daughter of Time' is an old proverb. And The Daughter of Time is Josephine Tey's search for the truth about the murder of the Princes in the Tower. Was the hunchback, Richard III, the monster that Shakespeare and the history books have made him out to be? With real brilliance she conducts her search in the form of a crime novel, and her investigator is none other than her famous detective, Inspector Alan Grant, who starts to examine the centuries-old scandal.
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Daughter of Time is one of the great Josephine Tey mysteries, and it is brought to life by Derek Jacobi's masterful performance.
All the characters are beautifully realized, with Inspector Allan Grant the principal voice. I have a particular fondness for the diffident but enthusiastic "research worker", Brent Carradine, whose American accent is endearing.
Derek Jacobi brings his brilliant artistry to a marvelous book. Each character is vocally defined with wit, taste, and intelligence.
Forget Shakespeare! Discover the REAL Richard the Third!
I LOVE Shakespeare, but his sources for Richard III could only show him a monster of a Tudor dynasty's creation! Josephine Tey shows another perspective on a relatively unknown historical figure--it could change your mind about Richard!
This is the classic armchair mystery. The primary sleuth, Inspector Grant, is in hospital and looking for something to keep himself amused. In desperation, he turns to historical mysteries and becomes fascinated with the story of Richard III and the Princes in the Tower. Since he can't do his own research, he relies on a young American researcher to do his investigating for him. What could be a story of boring, second-hand historical research is, in fact, quite interesting to anyone who has studied history in school and has wondered how "they" decided what was historically correct. It makes one ask - does what is written in the history books actually make any sense when considering human nature?
The narrator, Derek Jacobi, is a joy to listen to. He uses subtle differences in accent and tone that make it easy to distinguish the "voices" of the characters, which makes it much more interesting for the listener.
In 1990, the Crime Writers Association declared this the best detective novel ever. This may be true, it is one of my favorite ever, and Derek Jacobi's performance is amazing.
There are so many good books in the world to read, don't waste time on the crappy ones !
I loved this very special detective novel. Having been brought up on the Tudors perspective of Richard III, Josephine Tey made me question my long held convictions. She weaves a very convincing case for the innocence of Richard III's involvement in the disappearance of the 'Princes in the Tower' as well as other long held beliefs. Even though the jury is still out for me, I am much better informed and from now on will keep an open mind. The unfolding of the story is very clever and the narrator did an excellent job.
The storyline was excellent, and the mystery easy to follow, even narrated.
The historical mystery.
Narrator was very good; however, his American accent came straight out of the '50s era gangster-type dialect. The character was a young historian in love and working at the British Museum. The gangster yanked me out of the story with amusement several times.
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