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A Good Read,
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This review is from: The Singing Sands (Kindle Edition)
This is Josephine Tey's last book and was published posthumously. It isn't my favourite Tey novel but the quality of writing is good and like all her work is a pleasure to read. As with her other detective novels this is an example of the Golden Age of detective fiction
Recovering from a nervous breakdown Inspector Alan Grant travels up to the Highlands to spend a recuperative holiday with an old school friend who is married to Grant's cousin Laura. As he leaves the sleeper train at his destination the dead body of a fellow traveller is discovered. Inadvertently Grant picks up a paper belonging to the dead man which has a mysterious hand written verse in it. This leads Grant to doubt the perceived identity of the deceased and sets him off on an investigation of his own.
The Scottish background is beautifully evoked and, as ever with Tey, there are some well drawn characters, Tey was obviously not a supporter of Scottish Nationalism as Wee Archie a fervent advocate is very unsympathetically portrayed. However this book was written in the early 1950s and her views could well be different today.
I wasn't totally convinced by the end though it was neat and tidy. Overall a good read.