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Inspector Alan Grant searches for the identity of a man killed in the line at a theater and for the identity of the killer—whom no one saw.

A long line had formed for the standing-room-only section of the Woffington Theatre. London’s favorite musical comedy of the past two years was finishing its run at the end of the week. Suddenly, the line began to move, forming a wedge before the open doors as hopeful theatergoers nudged their way forward....
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The Man in the Queue

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Overview

Inspector Alan Grant searches for the identity of a man killed in the line at a theater and for the identity of the killer—whom no one saw.

A long line had formed for the standing-room-only section of the Woffington Theatre. London’s favorite musical comedy of the past two years was finishing its run at the end of the week. Suddenly, the line began to move, forming a wedge before the open doors as hopeful theatergoers nudged their way forward. But one man, his head sunk down upon his chest, slowly sank to his knees and then, still more slowly, keeled over on his face. Thinking he had fainted, a spectator moved to help, but recoiled in horror from what lay before him: the man in the queue had a small silver dagger neatly plunged into his back. With the wit and guile that have made Inspector Grant a favorite of mystery fans, the inspector sets about discovering just how a murder occurred among so many witnesses, none of whom saw a thing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476733289
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 1/8/2013
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 126,365
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Barnard (1936-2013) was awarded the Malice Domestic Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Nero Wolfe Award, as well as the Agatha and Macavity awards. An eight-time Edgar nominee, he was a member of Britain's distinguished Detection Club, and, in May 2003, he received the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement in mystery writing. His most recent novel, Charitable Body, was published by Scribner in 2012.
Josephine Tey began writing full-time after the successful publication of her first novel, The Man in the Queue (1929), which introduced Inspector Grant of Scotland Yard. She died in 1952, leaving her entire estate to the National Trust.
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  • Posted December 6, 2009

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    The Man in the Queue is not your ordinary mystery!

    For the serious mystery buff I highly recommend Josephine Tey novels. I was introduced to this novelist by a local reading group teacher. Ms. Tey is an extraordinary writer. She manipulates her readers so skillfully and elicits just the reactions that she desires. The Man in the Queue is a puzzling plot because a murder is committed in public with no witnesses. A man standing in line waiting to enter a theater suddenly keels over dead - stabbed in the back. Not one person on line saw anything unusual (or so they say). Ms. Tey has a very clever way of throwing suspicion of several characters, all of which have motive, means and opportunity.
    I don't want to say too much, I may give the plot away, but I can guarantee that you will really enjoy this book. I also recommend Brat Ferrar by Ms. Tey. This book is even better than The Man in the Queue.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2012

    Why does BN say that Robert Bernard is author of this Tey book?

    Why does BN say that Robert Bernard is author of this Tey book? I wanted to buy Tey #1, now not sure what I would get.

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  • Posted December 20, 2011

    Classic English mystery!

    Josephine Tey truly is the master of mysteries. This first book in the Inspector Alan Grant series has it all--an intriguing murder, clues there for the reader to find, and a tightly written plot. Plus, Josephine Tey uses the English language in the manner of the great British authors of the 19th century--it's a pleasure to read.

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    Posted December 13, 2011

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