My introduction to Josephine Tey's novels was through The Daughter Of Time
way back in the 1960s. It is only recently that I've started reading her other novels and I am finding them to be every bit as good as that one. This novel includes Marta Hallard - an actress friend of Alan Grant, the Scotland Yard Detective Inspector who both featured in `The Daughter of Time'.
Leslie Searle, an American photographer, has made a trip to the UK to look up Walter Whitmore as a mutual friend of theirs has died. They become friends and agree to collaborate on a book about a canoe trip down a local river. But Leslie disappears immediately after a public disagreement with Walter and because of the proximity of the river he is feared drowned.
The local police are stumped and Grant is quickly called in to investigate. Right from the start he feels there is something he is missing. The plot is fascinating and presents readers with a great many red herrings as well as a substantial number of clues. The local community with its high proportion of people involved in the arts is well described though not always flattering language. I thought all the characters were well drawn - Liz, Walter's fiancée, Lavinia Fitch and author and Aunt to Walter Whitmore as well as Leslie Searle himself.
If you like your crime with well drawn characters and a complex plot and detectives who are something out of the ordinary then give Josephine Tey's novels a try. They can be read in any order but the first one featuring Alan Grant was The Man In The Queue