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Alan seems to be an interesting character, though so far "Sands" reveals a lot more of his personality than Shilling for candles does so far.
I agree. It's sad she died so early; I'd have liked to see more of her work. There are some flaws in The Singing Sands, compared to her most perfectly weighted books (Brat Farrar, The Daughter of Time, and The Franchise Affair); yet I find it her most poetic work.
Gads. Another author whose works I need to look for. I read DoT a long time ago and recently reread it (reviewed it here at LT, too), but I've never run across any of her other books.
Not all of the books feature Grant - notably Brat Farrar and Miss Pym Disposes. Are there any others lacking him? I'm stopping in the midst of a couple tasks, and don't remember.
jillmwo: can you tell me more about the real-life inspiration for 'the Wabar element'?
Simon said he hated Patrick, but never why. Why would he hate his own brother so much? I would have liked to see more to that scene where he confesses to Brat.
Harry: welcome to LibraryThing! :) Extra Tey fans are always welcome! ;)
Single brackets around a book title, or double around an author, will get you the ever-useful blue 'touchstones'. They're great reference points in a conversation (see above, right, for one use), and lead directly to all LT's work info on a book. To Love and Be Wise deserves one!
Call me a hopeless romantic, but I missed seeing a love interest for Grant; a woman who could capture his imagination must be something special.
Didn't Grant admit to some sort of "pull" towards a certain character in To Love and Be Wise? (I don't want to say more, since it would be easy to spoil that story for others.) Or was his attraction more intellectual than anything else? It's been ages since I read that book, but I seem to remember echoes of Sherlock Holmes and his admiration of the woman, Irene Adler.
I came across P.D. James after first reading Josephine Tey. Baroness James's Adam Dalgliesh reminded me of Alan Grant in many ways - primarily in his arms-length relationships with women (although it's interesting that their first names are similar and that despite being Englishmen, their surnames are Scottish!). I remember being very disappointed when my hopes for a May-December romance between Dalgliesh and James's sole female detective Cordelia Gray - hinted at so obliquely in The Murder Room - were subsequently dashed. Oh well...
Thinking back on all these unattainable men, is it safe to say there are enough unencumbered and/or celibate male detectives in BritLit to call this a tradition? Sherlock Holmes and Father Brown are surely among the first, if so.
The Man in the Queue, 1929
A Shilling for Candles, 1936
To Love and Be Wise, 1950
The Daughter of Time, 1951
The Singing Sands, 1952
Didn't Grant also appear briefly in The Franchise Affair? Or am I misremembering?
P.S. Public libraries tend to carry plenty of Tey, if you need a quick fix :-)
P.P.S. Title touchstones are not working today.
Chamekke, I was wondering the same thing. I have a persistent sense of Grant's fleeting appearance.
- Not that there's anything terribly unusual, or unlike Tey, in such an appearance.
I've read The Daughter of Time, and I'm wondering whether to try to read the others in order, or just get whichever happens to be on the shelf in the library.
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