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A witty and sophisticated mystery featuring best-selling author Josephine Tey's popular Inspector Alan Grant, a beloved character created by a woman considered to be one of the greatest mystery writers of all time.  

Literary sherry parties were not Alan Grant's cup of tea. But when the Scotland Yard Inspector arrived to pick up actress Marta Hallard for dinner, he was struck by the handsome young American photographer, Leslie Searle. 

Author Lavinia Fitch was sure her guest "must have been something very wicked in ancient Greece," and the art colony at Salcott St. Mary would have agreed. Yet Grant heard nothing more of Searle until the news of his disappearance. Had Searle drowned by accident or could he have been murdered by one of his young women admirers? Was it a possible case of suicide or had the photographer simply vanished for reasons of his own?

©1950 The National Trust (P)2018 Tantor

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Great unconventional mystery.

Great sample of a work from the golden age of mystery. unconventional plot exploring important human relationships and emotions. These themes could be explored in some heavy treatise on the human condition but Tey does it very well in a thoughouly enjoyable light read.

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It is all in the telling...

Not much of a mystery. But expertly and sensitively written. I adore the way she tells it. Narration is fine too.

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Intriguing story, glorious writing, attitude.

Tey's second rank tales are better than most authors' best effort. This is not her best, but it is very good.

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