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Miss Pym Disposes Paperback – 9 Mar 1973

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; New impression edition (9 Mar. 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330013874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330013871
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,281,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A classic mystery from the Golden Age of detective fiction. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 May 2011
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I read this author's The Daughter of Time many years ago but have not read any of her other books. I thought it was about time I rectified this situation and chose Miss Pym Disposes to start with. It is a novel of character and the crime does not take place until relatively close to the end of the book. Lucy Pym - former school teacher - has written a bestselling book on psychology. Her old friend, Henrietta, now head of Leys Physical Training College, asks her to give a lecture to her students and stay for a few days.

Lucy originally intends to return home after the weekend but something keeps her there. The college interests her as do the students and staff. She watches the students practicing their gymnastics read for the end of term demonstration and is captivated. She agrees to stay until after the demonstration. Lucy is asked in invigilate at one of the final examinations and that is where the trouble starts.

The book is a study of character as much as a crime novel. Some modern readers may find the book slow and boring. But I found it interesting, raising as it does some profound questions about crime and punishment and the concealment of crime. The events of the last section of the book cause Lucy to question her own ability to read people's character from their faces and to question the nature of her own friendship with Henrietta.

The book is full of amusing comments and of Miss Pym's well developed sense of the ridiculous. I liked the characters of the students - Innes, brilliant in both theory and practice, Rouse - brilliant at physical activities but struggling with the theory, Nash - nicknamed Beau, rich and beautiful but not spoilt, the girl from Brazil - nicknamed the Nut Tart - who sees everyone for what they are but is liked by everyone including Lucy. A very enjoyable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 Nov. 2011
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Inspector Grant meets the disconcertingly beautiful Leslie Searle at a theatrical party - and when the young man later goes missing, Grant is called in to investigate.

I love Tey's books for their elegant writing, sharp wit, and great characterisation. The mysteries vary, some being more transparent than others, and I have to admit that I'd solved this one ahead of Grant. But that doesn't really matter because the solution is so interesting in its own right, and because the books don't simply rely on plot, like so many modern stories.

The relationship between Grant and Marta becomes very intriguing here, and is a nice counterpoint to that between Leslie himself and Liz Garrowby. The minor characters are beautifully delineated too, especially the `earthy' working class writer with all his money stashed away while he lives in a hovel, and the temperamental Russian dancer...

If you enjoy authentic `golden age' mysteries (Christie, Sayers, Marsh) then this is an excellent choice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Craven on 29 Nov. 2012
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This book is a cracking little thriller, intelligent, enjoyable, well written, it keeps the reader's interest from start to finish. I bought this book as a present for a friend, as I've alreadyy got my own copy that I've had since I first read it when I was about 16 (many years ago!). I must have re-read it at least a dozen times over the years, and despite knowing the ending, I really enjoy it each time. It's set in a girls' college where all is not quite as wholesome as it seems on the surface, and captures the essence of the 1950's without being old-fashioned or stuffy. There's comedy, pathos, and a nice little twist in the tale and the characters are believable, some of them lovable. If you enjoy a good thriller without the blood and gore that is so prevalent in many who-dunnits, this is the book for you. I can heartily recommend it.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Aug. 1998
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Tey is a brilliant writer of character studies, with her strength lying in her portrayals of younger women and girls. Unlike her later mysteries though, "Candles" has one of the weakest endings in the entire genre of mystery writing. Still, the characters are so brilliantly drawn, it is just plain fun to read about them. After the first five chapters, the mystery becomes immaterial though. For stronger mystery writing, Tey's 'Brat Farrar' or 'Daughter of Time' would be the ones to read. 'A Shilling for Candles' would come at the bottom of the Tey listing, I'm afraid.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ann M on 6 Jun. 2011
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This is Josephine Tey at her best. The action revolves around the disappearance of Leslie Searle a good looking young American photographer. Following a chance meeting at a party Searle is invited to stay in Salcott a village with an artists colony. He and Walter Whitmore a radio commentator set off on a canoe trip on the local river. Halfway through the trip Searle disappears without trace.

Inspector Alan Grant of Sctland Yard arrives to investigate. It is not unfamiliar territory for him as he has already met Searle briefly and Marta Hallard, an actress friend, has a house in the village. The theories surrounding Searle's disappearance are numerous. Did he drown accidentally, had he been murdered or kidnapped, or had he just disappeared of his own free will? Murder suspects are many. Grant eventually solves the case using considerable intuition as well as his detective skills. I enjoyed this book as much for the characters and setting as for the plot though the twist at the end is excellent. As always with Tey there is great elegance in the construction and writing of the novel.
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