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The man in the queue by Josephine Tey

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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The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey (1929)



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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 |
read for Literary value - and don't give up after first because it is flawed...
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 5, 2016 |
The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey - Good

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 |
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Barnard, RobertIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Drews, KristiinaTranslatorsecondary 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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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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