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on 7 November 2012
Reviewers of novels often fall back on the trusty "favourable comparison with classic of the same genre" device when they want to express their admiration for a new writer, and I'm happy to follow in that tradition by saying with confidence that Donald Greig's "Time Will Tell" sits securely on the same shelf as "The Daughter of Time", Josephine Tey's masterly investigative novel which reappraises King Richard III. But Greig is his own man, and he offers his readers a cunningly-constructed story with a satisfying and plausible surprise at the end. Yes, it's about obscure music from the distant past: but with 16th-century motets in the cd charts because of a certain chick-lit bestseller, there's never been a better time to enjoy a novel that shows there's nothing grey (geddit?) about musicians' lives, then or now. I must declare an interest: I've worked with Don Greig over many years, and it's a pleasure but no surprise to find that he's a writer as well as a singer. One of the best things about "Time Will Tell" is the utter believability of the professional singers: "Beyond Compere" is the best early music group name for a long time, and Emma and her colleagues would be wonderful guests in a radio studio.

Catherine Bott, presenter, The Early Music Show, BBC Radio 3.
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