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Author: Josephine Tey Narrator: Derek Jacobi, Derek Jacobi Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Inspector Alan Grant Mysteries Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9781602836884
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Confined to a hospital bed, Scotland Yard's Inspector Grant is engrossed with a portrait of Richard III. How is it possible, he wonders, that such a sensitive appearing soul could have been the odious villain of so many crimes, and the wicked uncle responsible for the murder of his own nephews to secure the British crown for himself? Grant reconsiders five hundred year old evidence and brilliantly arrives at a compelling new answer to one of the most intriguing mysteries in history: who really murdered the Princes in the Tower. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A persuasive exoneration of Richard [III].”

    New York Times
  • “This is vintage in every sense…which has acquired cult status among thriller writers.”

    Observer (London)

  • “A brilliant novel.”

    Observer (London)

  • “[Derek Jacobi] reads as if he is sitting solo on a stage, speaking to an audience that has come to hear him solve this mystery. He talks to this audience. He talks to the other characters in the book. It is a complete performance.”

    AudioFile

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shalane | 2/19/2014

    " An enjoyable read. I'd like to read more of the author's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 2/1/2014

    " Very enlightening information about Richard III - although a bit confusing for someone who is not well versed in British History. A very clever way to approach history and food for thought about how history is written and interpreted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elsa | 1/31/2014

    " I didn't get very far into it before the book was due at the library. So, like a good little patron, I returned it. I won't be checking it out again to finish it (it was on hold so I couldn't renew it). It wasn't really grabbing me anyway. I like some historical fiction, and I love the Princes in the Tower/Richard III intrigue, but this just wasn't the book for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 1/31/2014

    " After taking a class this summer at Oxford about RichardIII I listened to an audiobook version narrated by Derek Jacobi. It was FANTASTIC. Such a great book but I also came away more frustrated at the unfair treatment even today of Richard! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roy | 1/28/2014

    " Fascinating historical mystery novel - I learned a great deal about the history of the British monarchy, some of which is pure speculation, some of which is factual. All in all, a very interesting book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terri | 1/20/2014

    " I'll start by saying that I am very much a Josephine Tey lover and that Alan Grant from Scotland Yard is a favorite character but this was not one of my favorite Tey books. The idea of the wounded detective doing a Jimmy Stewart (think REAR WINDOW) and becoming obsessed with finding out the truth about a king whose portrait is on the wall while immobilized is, well, boring. At least in the movie REAR WINDOW Jimmy Stewart was spying on some interesting neighbors including Miss Torso (a gorgeous gal who had men over every night but fought them off if they got fresh because she was waiting for her soldier boy who was a little twerpy guy she could raise in the air with one arm tied behind her), a sexy but sweet guy who composed music, a couple who slept out on the balcony (until it rained), a Toto dog, a lonely hearts woman who almost committed suicide (till she met the cute composer), and a very naughty Perry Mason (Robert Burr) who murdered his wife and carried her body parts out in a suitcase after sawing her up in the tub. Here, it is no where near as interesting. If you are a dyed in the wool Josephine Tey fan as I am, you will probably drag yourself through this all the time wishing Grant would crawl out in a wheelchair and take on some fiendishly clever killer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 1/11/2014

    " I am completely absorbed by this mystery - written more then 40 years ago! Especially after having been to the Tower of London.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 1/1/2014

    " Further reading about The Wars of the Roses and the princes in the Tower, this time from a modern day point of view. Grant, who works at Scotland Yard, is in the hospital with a broken leg. He is able to "read" faces in an uncanny way. When his actress friend brings him a stack of pictures of mysterious Brits, he picks out Richard III's portrait as a face incapable of the heinous crime he is accused of--murdering his nephews. Looking back through the history of the late fifteenth century, Grant and his British Museum researcher, Carradine, draw their own conclusions. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sydney | 12/29/2013

    " This book had and interesting story line, but it wasn't told in a very interesting way. It is also hard to remember who is who, because they tell you once who a person is, and never tell you again. (Though that might just be my memory.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathyred | 10/17/2013

    " Years later, I still remember this book. An excellent audiobook with Derek Jacobi as reader has just come out "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Matt | 6/24/2013

    " This book had potential, but turned out to be one of the worst books I have ever read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 2/1/2013

    " I read this in college for a history class. It wasn't my favorite thing I'd ever read, but it does reflect how history is shaped by individuals and only later presented as fact. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mollie | 9/28/2012

    " Liked the writing, but the historical detail dragged me down. Must brush up on my kings and queens! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Esther | 8/3/2012

    " Reading this book made me wish I knew more about history! Very interesting and one I think I would enjoy more on a second, more thorough read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 6/12/2012

    " I've read this more than once--noe of my favorites "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 11/15/2011

    " Excellent. Not action-packed, but a thinker's novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 10/22/2011

    " One of my favorite books - weaving the present-day convalescence of a London detective with a mystery from the War of the Roses deftly with great insight and humor. This is the book that put me firmly in the Friends of Richard III corner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia | 7/29/2011

    " An unbelievable book, which sheds light on a truly maligned Richard III "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/22/2011

    " One of my fav books of all time. The writing, plot and characters are impeccable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 5/15/2011

    " One of my favourite books - it led me to read quite a lot of non-fiction books about Richard III and the Wars of the Roses. I imagine it seems a bit dated now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 5/8/2011

    " Honestly, the more Tey I read, the less impressed I am. I liked Miss Pym disposes a lot, and I still do, but I have yet to be favorably impressed by Inspector Grant. Also, the amateur historical research that went on in this book kind of made me twitch. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tammy | 5/7/2011

    " This isn't a children's book but I was 8 or 9 the first time I read it. It was mentioned in another book and I remembered it and thought I'd read it again. A historical whodunit case about English royals just before the reign of Henry VIII. Interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ess | 5/3/2011

    " An approachable exploration of the history of Richard III, Henry Tudor and the Princes in the Tower, taking usurpation and propaganda into account. Much fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 4/22/2011

    " Book club pick for April with Richard III "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/4/2011

    " I think this may be the best mystery ever written. You will especially enjoy it if you like history with your mystery! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 3/30/2011

    " Loved it. Very interesting, surprising, engaging. Can't wait to read more Tey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fay | 3/21/2011

    " An honest to Pete bedside mystery. Lots of great plot twists and turns. A true classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 3/12/2011

    " A thoroughly enjoyable read. I know nothing of the history of Richard III (either Tonypandy or truth), but taken even as pure fiction I enjoyed watching these delightful characters form and unfold a great mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 3/9/2011

    " Well written book about the mystery surrounding the death of the two princes in London Tower in 1482. This book included much history of the surrounding periods, with the mystery evolving slowly throughout the book. I would highly recommend this book if interested in the subject. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 3/9/2011

    " Truly great writing...and the story is good too. "

About the Author

Josephine Tey (1896–1952) was a pseudonym used by Elizabeth Mackintosh, a Scottish author best known for her mystery novels. She began her literary career when she was forced to give up teaching to care for her invalid father. Even after her death, she is still considered one of the greatest mystery writers of all time. She began to write full-time after the successful publication of her first novel, The Man in the Queue, which introduced Inspector Grant of Scotland Yard. In 1937 she returned to crime writing with A Shilling for Candles, but it wasn’t until after the Second World War that the majority of her crime novels were published. When she died in 1952, she left her entire estate to the National Trust.

About the Narrators

Sir Derek Jacobi has had a long and distinguished career. He has toured in Becket and Uncle Vanya, and he received a Tony Award for his performance as Benedick in the RSC’s production of Much Ado about Nothing. His work in television includes the lead roles in Cadfael and I, Claudius, and his film credits include Henry V, Gosford Park, and Hamlet. His narrations have won him eleven Audiofile Earphones Awards.

Sir Derek Jacobi has had a long and distinguished career. He has toured in Becket and Uncle Vanya, and he received a Tony Award for his performance as Benedick in the RSC’s production of Much Ado about Nothing. His work in television includes the lead roles in Cadfael and I, Claudius, and his film credits include Henry V, Gosford Park, and Hamlet. His narrations have won him eleven Audiofile Earphones Awards.