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Pleasing little historical fiction thriller,
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This review is from: The Daughter Of Time (Paperback)
This is a nice little book, adequately written and especially interesting if you have an interest in Things Plantagenet, in particular in Richard III. Inspector Grant is laid up in hospital, and stumped for something to do he latches onto a picture of that brief-reigning monarch brought in by a visitor. He then, with help from staff and visitors to the hospital, launches into a police-like investigation of Richard R's life, concluding (as others have done) that he was actually a jolly good chap, and, en route, trashing both Shakespeare's and St Thomas More's accounts of events. The history has been pretty thoroughly researched, but one tires of the repeated, probably anti-Catholic references to "The sainted More". Somebody, possibly an editor, but more likely Ms Tey herself, cannot quite decide whether Richard's mother was named Cicely or Cecily. A little trouble on the part of the author would quickly have established that the correct contemporary spelling is Cecill, though the good Duchess was said often to have signed herself Cecylle. Whatever you opt for, do, for Heaven's sake, stick to it throughout your story! I enjoyed the book, but reading it after some pretty elevated stuff by Sebastian Faulks, it all seemed a bit square, facile and insubstantial.