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The man in the queue (original 1929; edition 1978)

by Josephine Tey

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Title:The man in the queue
Authors:Josephine Tey
Info:Harmondsworth Penguin, 1978 (1987 printing). Paperback.
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Rating:***1/2
Tags:read 2012, fiction, detective fiction, english fiction, 1920s, London, Scotland

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I seem to be in a bit of a rut at the moment in that I have now read eight books, this year, that are 'preserved in aspic' ie written decades ago but set in their present as opposed to written now about the past.

Josephine Tey's crime novels fall into the same era(s) as Agatha Christie. They share a little in that some words and phrases are now not-pc and certainly, in this book, the word she used to describe the suspect made me shudder. Other than that, they could not be more different. None of the cosy, little grey cells of Poirot or Miss Marple, Inspector Grant is a man of action. A Police Inspector that interviews witnesses, puts men undercover to get information and chases suspects across hill and dale.... or in this case across London and Glen.

Interesting little mystery with a few twists and turns along the way. Still of the cosy variety - no blood or forensic detail, but quite enjoyable.
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  Cassandra2020 | Jan 24, 2016 |
Inpector Grant gets assigned the case of investigating a man who was stabbed while standing in a queue waiting to go into a theater. The man has no identification, no one comes forward to claim the body and nobody aw the murder occur. The mystery itself is fairly interesting though the solution comes out of left field. The book was written in the 1920's and parts of it are really racist which put me off the book. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
Tey's first Alan Grant detective story is a complex and entirely reasoned foray, with quite a literary flair, into the blatantly guilty who is actually innocent. Grant chases him through the wilds of Scotland and takes us along for the adventure. ( )
  Hanneri | Dec 9, 2015 |
Dull, dated, and creepy (not in a good way). Hangs on too many silly coincidences. ( )
  sansmerci | Dec 3, 2015 |
Like others have indicated, this book starts out very well. The main characters are all convincing and real. The story develops well too for a while with a few red herrings which add interest.
I was disappointed in the end though because the hero did not solve the mystery at all but rather, there was an unexpected but very contrived twist. It was almost as if it had to be finished quickly and this was the neatest way to accomplish this.
I do enjoy the author's writing style though.
  rosiezbanks | Aug 20, 2015 |
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Josephine Teyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barnard, RobertIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Drews, KristiinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hilsum, MarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thorne, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It was between seven and eight o'clock on a March evening, and all over London the bars were being drawn back from pit and gallery doors.
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0684815028, Paperback)

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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