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One of my favourite Tey books
on 27 November 2011
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.