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Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Man in the Queue (original 1929; edition 1995)

by Josephine Tey, Robert Barnard (Introduction)

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Title:Man in the Queue
Authors:Josephine Tey
Other authors:Robert Barnard (Introduction)
Info:Touchstone (1995), Edition: 1st Collier Books Ed, Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:Next Up, To read, Your library, Planning, Mystery
Tags:mystery, classic, ebook, Nook

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The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey (1929)



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(18) This is the first in an old British mystery series from the 1920's. A LT recommendation and I was in the mood for a mystery. Lately, none of the mysteries I have read have really done anything for me, maybe I am tiring of the genre. Indeed, this is an Inspector from Scotland Yard solving the case of a man murdered in line to get into the theater in London. His identity is unknown and none of the witnesses in line claim to have seen a thing. The mystery takes many turns as suspects and victim are identified and the details of their lives sniffed out by the clever, almost Holmesian Inspector Grant. It did not seem at all to be written by a woman in the 1920's. Grant seemed a believable man and the WW1 references sprinkled throughout felt authentic.

While the novel was engaging, it was a bit slow to unfold. The ultimate solution comes from out of left field and while I intuited some of the reveals, the actual whodunnit could not have been guessed which always feels a bit deus ex machina. So entertaining and enjoyable and delightfully old-fashioned, but fairly forgettable in the main. I am undecided whether I will read more of the series. ( )
  jhowell | Apr 12, 2017 |
Another excellent Josephine Tey (aka Gordon Daviot). This is the first starring Inspector Alan Grant. A man is murdered in line and his neighbors claim they saw nothing. In her next stories of Inspector Grant you will notice a marked difference; perhaps because this was Tey's first novel? In my opinion A Shilling for Candles offers a much more seasoned Tey, being that it was written seven years later. Nevertheless, everything I read from her was worth--my all time favorite being The Franchise Affair. ( )
  MrsRK | Nov 21, 2016 |
A man in the queue to buy a ticket for a popular London show dies with a knife in his back . Inspector Grant investigates --a difficult case as the man is unidentified. ( )
  antiquary | Aug 9, 2016 |
Wow. I can't believe that this is the same writer who wrote Daughter of Time & The Franchise Affair. The plot is boring, the writing very uneven with too many dull descriptive passages. It was such a grind, I had to force myself to continue plodding on. After 50 pgs I had finally had enough & gave up. Too many wonderful books out there to waste your time on this one. My recommendation is don't bother. ( )
  Icewineanne | Aug 4, 2016 |
felt more disjointed and dated than other Tey's I have read, but intriguing to see how it all played out anyway ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
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Josephine Teyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Barnard, RobertIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Drews, KristiinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hilsum, MarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thorne, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Inspector Alan Grant searches for the identity of a man killed in the line at a theater and for the identity of the killer — whom no one saw.

Outside a London theatre a throng of people wait expectantly for the last performance of a popular musical. But as the doors open at last, something spoils all thought of entertainment: a man in the queue is found murdered by the deadly thrust of a stiletto...

Set in London, this classic murder mystery introduces Inspector Alan Grant, who is charged with sorting out not only the identity of a victim, but the logistics of the stabbing itself, which occurred in a dense crowd of theater-goers, none of whom saw anything. Grant investigates the murder of a man whose body is found wedged in the line waiting to attend a popular musical. Initially, he seeks out a suspect who fits his own preconception of the kind of man who might have committed the crime. Grant follows the hapless Lamont on a wild chase through London and the Scottish Highlands, nearly precipitates his death by drowning, and arrests him for murder despite an intuitive feeling that the physical evidence is somehow wrong.

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Inspector Alan Grant searches for the identity of a man killed in the line ata theater and for the identity of the killer--whom no one saw.

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Inspector Grant of the CID travels deep into the theatrical world in his efforts to build up a picture of the nameless stranger found stabbed to death in the queue outside the theatre.

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