Josephine Tey Books In Order

Inspector Alan Grant Books In Publication Order

  1. The Man in the Queue / Killer in the Crowd (1929)
  2. A Shilling for Candles (1936)
  3. The Franchise Affair (1948)
  4. To Love and Be Wise (1950)
  5. The Daughter of Time (1951)
  6. The Singing Sands (1952)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. Kif: An Unvarnished History (1929)
  2. The Expensive Halo (1931)
  3. Miss Pym Disposes (1946)
  4. Brat Farrar / Come and Kill Me (1949)
  5. The Privateer (1952)

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Josephine Tey Books Overview

The Man in the Queue / Killer in the Crowd

A classic mystery from the Golden Age of detection fiction. Outside a London theatre a throng of people wait expectantly for the last performance of a popular musical. But as the doors open at last, something spoils all thought of entertainment: a man in the queue is found murdered by the deadly thrust of a stiletto.

A Shilling for Candles

When the body of famous screen actress Christine Clay is found on a beach on the southern coast of England, Inspector Alan Grant is faced with too many clues and too many motives. It seems the world is full of people who wanted Christine Clay dead.

The Franchise Affair

Robert Blair was about to knock off from a slow day at his law firm when the phone rang. It was Marion Sharpe on the line, a local woman of quiet disposition who lived with her mother at their decrepit country house, The Franchise. It appeared that she was in some serious trouble: Miss Sharpe and her mother were accused of brutally kidnapping a demure young woman named Betty Kane. Miss Kane’s claims seemed highly unlikely, even to Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, until she described her prison the attic room with its cracked window, the kitchen, and the old trunks which sounded remarkably like The Franchise. Yet Marion Sharpe claimed the Kane girl had never been there, let alone been held captive for an entire month! Not believing Betty Kane’s story, Solicitor Blair takes up the case and, in a dazzling feat of amateur detective work, solves the unbelievable mystery that stumped even Inspector Grant.

To Love and Be Wise

Literary sherry parties were not Alan Grant’s cup of tea. But when the Scotland Yard Inspector arrived to pick up actress Marta Hallard for dinner, he was struck by the handsome young American photographer, Leslie Searle. Author Lavinia Fitch was sure her guest ‘must have been something very wicked in ancient Greece,’ and the art colony at Salcott St. Mary would have agreed. Yet Grant heard nothing more of Searle until the news of his disappearance. Had Searle drowned by accident or could he have been murdered by one of his young women admirers? Was it a possible case of suicide or had the photographer simply vanished for reasons of his own?

The Singing Sands

On sick leave from Scotland Yard, Inspector Alan Grant finds a dead man aboard the night train to Scotland and is drawn into the mystery of the man’s death by the lines ”The Singing Sands, that guard the way to paradise” that are written on the dead man’s newspaper.NYT.

The Expensive Halo

In this comedy of social contrasts, set in London during the heady 20s, rich, bored Ursula Deane falls for a penniless violinist whose sister becomes the object of the attentions of Ursula’s brother, Lord Chitterne. Josephine Tey, who died in 1952, is best known for her crime novels.

Miss Pym Disposes

Miss Lucy Pym, a popular English psychologist, is guest lecturer at a physical training college. The year’s term is nearly over, and Miss Pym inquisitive and observant detects a furtiveness in the behavior of one student during a final exam. She prevents the girl from cheating by destroying her crib notes. But Miss Pym’s cover up of one crime precipitates another a fatal ‘accident’ that only her psychological theories can prove was really murder.

Brat Farrar / Come and Kill Me

It was eight years since Patrick had vanished leaving a pitiful note, I m sorry but I can t bear it any longer. Don t be angry with me, Patrick. Now it seemed, he had returned just in time to claim the family inheritance. But if Patrick really had committed suicide, who was this mysterious young man claiming to be him and calling himself Brat Farrar?From the Paperback edition.

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