Inspector Grant of the Scotland Yard is stuck in a hospital bed, recovering from a broken leg. Since he's interested in faces, his friend Marta brings him a stack of pictures, to cure him from the prickles of boredom he's suffering from. Grant becomes fascinated with a portrait of Richard III, one of the most notorious villains in history, most known for killing his nephews, the princes in the Tower. But can this man, who mostly resembles a judge, really be a heartless murderer. Quickly frustrated with the lack of contemporary source material, Grant and a young American scholar tries to solve this historical mystery.
All I knew about Richard III and the princes in the tower I got from Shakespeare's play, which is far from flattering for the king. The portrait painted of him in this book is very different. It's incredibly fascinating, but I'm not quite sure how seriously to take it. But the mix of mystery and history is fun, and it's a joy to read. Perhaps the most interesting part is the general discussion of how history is written by the victors.