Friday, October 7, 2011

Book Review

Here's another of those red and blue bound mystery books.

by Josephine Tey
copyright 1951

Scotland yard agent Alan Grant, bedridden in the hospital because he fell through a trap door, is bored. A kindly nurse he has dubbed "The Midget" urged him to read the many books his friends have brought him to alleviate his "prickles of boredom.". (Side note: I would like friends bearing books!) Alan's friend Marta, knowing his fascination with faces, brought him a group of portraits, one of which caught his eye: King Richard III - whom he took for a murderer before reading the caption on the picture. Richard III is said to have murdered his two nephews, who were the rightful heirs to the throne. Grant had historical reference books broug
ht to him in an effort to solve the historical murder mystery.

This was not an exciting read, but it was a nice, quiet book for a cold night at home.
I do enjoy books from a while ago, but not an unrecognizable time ago, because they make contemporary reference to things which are now a part of history. For instance, in this book, there is reference to a picture of someone wearing a strange hat to Princess Elizabeth's wedding; it was with a start that I realized that this princess is now Queen Elizabeth II. And it was rather amusing to recall that there were derogatory pictures of a hat at a much more recent royal wedding. Some things don't change!


SissySees said...

Love it!! Princess Elizabeth and the ugly hat as "fluff"...

Sounds like a good read to me.

Mary said...

Marje! I was just thinking of you tonight when I saw your comment in my email. I made your cool rise bread tonight for dinner and it rocks!

altadenahiker said...

I'd never heard of the book or the author, so I plugged it in Amazon. Still in print.

But based on your lukewarm review, I'll pass.

Pam said...

A book I recently read - Two for Sorrow had a character named Josehpine Tey!

Kitty M said...

Hope you have all had a good week Marjie! We ar eoff to grannies for Sunday lunch today.

I love a good book and hope Luca grows up to enjoy reading too.

I am giggling about the Royal wedding hat fiasco. Being a bit of a UK anarchist at heart :-) I must admit I am not a big fan of the Royals so I always enjoy laughing at their fashion faux pas.