The Man in the Queue

The Man in the Queue

by Josephine Tey

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BN ID: 2940013662865
Publisher: WDS Publishing
Publication date: 01/16/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 137,303
File size: 206 KB

About the Author

Elizabeth MacKintosh (1896-1952), best known as Josephine Tey, is one of the most respected and influential authors in the mystery genre and regarded by many one of the best mystery novelists ever. Her novel, The Daughter of Time, was selected by the British Crime Writers’ Association as the greatest mystery novel of all time and The Franchise Affair, starring her most famous character, Inspector Alan Grant, was 11th on the same list of 100 books. She also used the pen name, Gordon Daviot, primarily to publish plays.

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Man in the Queue 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Try sample page before buying terrible format shows up m a
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Almost unreadable because of bad formatting. One line is followed by one 1/3 the length and on and on. I have learned to get a sample if available so you do not get trapped into a purchase for something you just have to delete.
choochee More than 1 year ago
I found Josephine Tey by accident while looking for mysteries on the Barnes and Noble website. The reviews intrigued me and I decided to order the first book in the Inspector Grant series. What a great decision that turned out to be! Josephine Tey is a brilliant writer with extraordinary talent. It's true, as the other reviewers noted, that her books are very different from most mysteries. They are full of beautiful images, wonderful settings, interesting characters, and well-developed plots. I can't wait to read the entire series and I only wish there were more of her books to devour.
DeltaQueen50 on LibraryThing 4 days ago
The first book in Josephine Teys¿ series that introduces Scotland Yard¿s Inspector Alan Grant, The Man In the Queue is a fascinating look at the solving of a murder in the days before forensics and computers. A deceptively simple murder of a man standing in line for a theatre performance. Unfortunately neither the identity of the victim or the murderer will come easy to Inspector Grant.The story follows along as the Inspector painstakingly tracks down each miniscule clue in order to firstly identify the man that was stabbed in the back, and then to build a picture of his life and who was in it that could possible be the murderer. The story, the language and it¿s careless and casual racism are all a bit dated, but it is interesting to look at this early mystery of hers simply for the influence she has had on future writers. Her many references to World War I, even years after that event, certainly highlight the impact this war had on a generation. Although the ending seems to come out of the blue, the clues are there, but as we are so firmly embedded in Alan Grant¿s mindset, we, like him, don¿t pick them up.The story, like the solving of this murder, tends to plod along until we switch to the Scottish Highlands, at that point the story took off for me, and I read avidly to the end. I would say not the best of her work, but certainly interesting enough to encourage me to continue with the series.
Eyejaybee on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Rather a disappointment. I had looked forward to reading this book, remembering how much I enjoyed Tey's "The Daughter of Time" which I read as a teenager more than thirty years.Sadly this book had noting of the sterling qualities of "The Daughter of Time", and subsided into mindless tweeness lacking any semblance of feasible plot or plausible characters.
mmyoung on LibraryThing 7 days ago
Although an ¿interesting¿ first mystery novel -- and a very promising one -- this book has a number of flaws. It is unclear what ¿type¿ of mystery novel Tey (Elizabeth Mackintosh) was attempting to write. Was it a police procedural? An action adventure? A discourse on the realities of justice? Insightful examination of the moral and intellectual quandaries of a detective? All these different types of mystery novels seemed to have been wedged together into one and unfortunately, the seams do show. At different times in the book the writer functions as a disinterested observer of life, as the omniscient recorder of the thoughts of all the characters and as a disembodied ¿I¿ who knows and interacts with the detective. Tey¿s writing shows great promise and even with the technical difficulties mentioned above this is certainly a book that would be enjoyed by most fans of the British murders mysteries written in the 1920s.Spoilers ahead.The last few lines of the book ask the reader to consider the question of who has been the villain. The person we finally come to realize did the murder? Most people would argue no. The person who was murdered? One could make a good argument that that was the case. Or are we to think of the person whose actions motivated the behaviour of the murderer? It is perhaps only in retrospect and after years of public education that readers are likely to realize that the core story of this novel is that of a man who continues to feel ownership of a woman who has long since left him behind. One might even say that he becomes a stalker. Certainly at the time this was first published there would have been many who would have felt far more sympathy for the man whose disappointment in love leads him to suicide than for the woman who rejected him. Indeed the writer, and the major characters, do not seem to be excessively concerned that this man was willing to kill a woman rather than ¿lose" her. When once one realizes that this is a story about a woman lashing out to protect another woman from a man who is willing to commit murder-suicide then the story changes from one of cozy murder into a frightening glimpse of how little things have really changed in the last 100 years.
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kyohin More than 1 year ago
I enjoy a good mystery, and this one suited me right down to the ground.
WheelchairLady More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the mystery since I wasn't able to figure out any of it until it was revealed. I would have given a five-star rating. Except I have to admit I really didn't understand or care for the style in which it was written. Lines break up in unexpected places, which I believe is called the "poetic" style. As much as possible, I just ignored where the lines ended and actually read it according to punctuation. The book was very enjoyable. In spite of that small annoyance and I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys a good mystery!
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Nice British mystery! I would love to see all of this author's made available on the Nook!