Here we share the mystery books of Josephine Tey and a bit about her life. She was such a private person that she didn’t even tell her friends when she was dying over the course of a year.
Elizabeth MacKintosh wrote novels under the pseudonym “Josephine Tey” — her great-grandmother’s name. She was a successful playwright under the name “Gordon Daviot”.
She was born and raised in Scotland. Before starting her writing career, she taught “physical training” in England and Scotland, and worked as a nurse at a convalescent home during her vacations. Intensely private, she never married and shunned publicity.
Books by Josephine Tey
A Shilling for Candles became Hitchcock’s movie Young and Innocent (1937).
The Daughter of Time was chosen “greatest mystery novel of all time” by the Crime Writer’s Association in 1990.
- Links that say “Borrow” will take you to the Internet Archive Open Library where you may borrow the book. (You’ll need to sign up for the Internet Archive if you haven’t already done so; it’s free and simple.) Once you borrow a book, you’ll be able to read a scanned copy of the book online, or download a pdf of the scanned book, or download an epub file (readable only with Adobe Digital Editions, which you’ll be prompted to download for free).
- Links that say “Buy” will take you to the book’s main page on Amazon. *As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Inspector Alan Grant Books, in Order
- The Man in the Queue / Killer in the Crowd (under the pen name Gordon Daviot) (1929) — Borrow. — Buy.*
- A Shilling for Candles (1936) — Borrow. — Buy*
- The Franchise Affair (1948) (the Inspector is barely involved in this one) — Buy.*
- To Love and Be Wise (1950) Borrow. — Buy.*
- The Daughter of Time (1951) — Borrow. — Buy.*
- The Singing Sands (1952) — Borrow. — Buy.*
- Miss Pym Disposes (1946) — Download for free in various formats, including Kindle. — Borrow. — Buy.
- Brat Farrar / Come and Kill Me (1949) — Borrow. — 99 cents on Kindle!
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