A Shilling for Candles

A Shilling for Candles

by Josephine Tey


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ISBN-13: 9781721244690
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/16/2018
Pages: 212
Sales rank: 653,322
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

Josephine Tey was a Scottish author; born in Inverness, best known for her mystery novels. In six of the mystery novels, the most famous is The Daughter of Time, in which Grant, laid up in hospital, has friend's research reference book and contemporary documents so that he can puzzle out the mystery of whether King Richard III of England murdered his nephews, the Princes in the Tower. Grant comes to the firm conclusion that King Richard was totally innocent of the death of the Princes.
In 1990, The Daughter of Time was selected by the British-based Crime Writers' Association as the greatest mystery novel of all time; Her another one, The Franchise Affair was 11th on the same list of 100 books.

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A Shilling for Candles (Inspector Alan Grant Series #2) 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am writing this not so much to review Josephine Tey¿s A Shilling for Candles, this was her first novel and certainly not her best, but as an elegy or lament, if you will, that with turning the last page of this book, I have now read all the novels of this wonderful author. It began several years ago when my wife gave me The Singing Sands as a Christmas gift. I hadn¿t a clue about the book or its author, whose real name was Elizabeth Mackintosh. I read it during a cross country trip by air. This started a tradition. With each long trip across country I would buy a new Josephine Tey novel for the flight. The Singing Sands was followed by The Franchise Affair, The Daughter of Time, The Man in the Queue, To Love and Be Wise, Miss Pym Disposes, Brat Farrar and finally A Shilling for Candles. I am genuinely saddened at now having read all of her novels. A long and pleasing relationship has come to an end. There is nothing unread to look forward to. At the core of it is her writing. Civil, gentle, witty and wise. And so English. England and Scotland form the backdrop to all of her novels- all up in tweed, sherry, tea, trout fishing on the Clyde, and gentility. Certainly American readers may infer a stereotype of England as having no sharp edges and where most conversations are conducted with ironic good will, but that is the England of Josephine Tey. Especially as embodied in her protagonist Inspector Alan Grant. And so, get thee hence and find a novel by Miss Tey. You will enjoy it. And if you are lucky, savoring each one and always having one to look forward to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not even open this... got a black screen or a word-scrambled screen. No resolution from B&N, so got rid of it.
goatdriver More than 1 year ago
In A Shilling for Candles, like all of her Inspector Grant novels, Tey combines the story-telling skills of police procedural greats such as P.D. James and Colin Dexter with the masterful use of the English language reminiscent of Dickens and Austen. This is a "you can't put it down" book.
ExiledNewYorker More than 1 year ago
The characters are a bit eccentric, but relative to the genre they are reasonably sketched and believable. Tey keeps you engaged with sympathetic and interesting characters and a moving, complex plot. The ending doesn't seem to be pulled from a hat like a magician's rabbit; even if you didn't guess- which I didn't- you look back and say, ahaa. Indeed, I'd mused about the ultimate killer and then dismissed my ideas. I'd certainly recommend it to mystery fans and for those seeking a quick beach read or bit of escapism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you notice all tey s so far on nook have awful problems in format if you can get anything at all. Nook wont do anything but i have had my credit card remove charges e g charged and not received but must do in three months mom
Eurydice on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Adapted by Hitchcock as "Young and Innocent" (1937). By no means Tey's best! (By common consent, The Daughter of Time and The Franchise Affair vie for that honor; though I prefer Brat Farrar.) (***)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This nook edition unreadable. Not properly formatted or paginated. Very disappointed as I always loved the story. Find another publisher.
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nancydrewccod More than 1 year ago
I don't like there is a double space every two or three lines. Annoying to read in my Nook.