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The author of the book: Josephine Tey
Edition: Mandarin
Date of issue: July 5th 1992
ISBN: 074931060X
ISBN 13: 9780749310608
Language: English
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This first mystery by Josephine Tey, a genius of the genre, reveals some of Tey the genius to any reader determined to look for it, but it also discloses much of Tey the novice writer too.

It begins well, with a magnificent set piece. A festive atmosphere envelops the line of people waiting for tickets to the musical comedy hit Didn't You Know?, and we watch as this London crowd (accosted by attendant buskers) push against each other, move forward, and eventually reach the box office where “the man in the queue” falls dead. He has been stabbed, but no one can say precisely when, for he has been held upright for minutes, buoyed by the press and movement of the crowd. Inspector Grant, of course, eventually discovers who the murderer is, but not before a few false leads, a chase among the trout streams of rural Scotland, and a final surprising revelation.

The genius of Tey reveals itself not only in the first chapter summarized above, but in the exciting chase scene and the many sharp characterizations. The best passage, though, a tour de force of deliberate detail and subtle psychology, is Grant's exploration of how leading lady Ray Marcable--quietly, mercilessly, with consummate artistry--destroys every available opportunity for her unfortunate leading man to shine.

The novice writer Tey reveals herself most clearly in the uninspiring nature of her plot: slow at times, frantic at others, with some parts seemingly out of order (the chase is much too early, for example), and a singularly abrupt resolution which appears almost as an afterthought. Some of this, I think, is the result of her genius-to-be playing games with the cliches of an established genre, but part of it is inexperience too.

The novice also reveals herself in overwritten passages which are too clever by half. For example, consider this gobbet from the second chapter, when Grant is summoned by Superintendent Barker:
“Tell inspector Grant I want to see him,” he said to the minion, who was doing his best to look obsequious in the great man's presence, but was frustrated in his good intention by an incipient embonpoint which compelled him to lean back a little in order to preserve his balance, and by the angle of his nose which was the apotheosis of impudence.”
I think this means that Barker's subordinate wants to look deferential, but when he attempts a bow his fat belly almost tips him over, and he is forced to lean back, leaving his nose arrogantly up in the air. Whatever it means, it is overwritten and unnecessary--particularly as the "minion" never appears again. The first quarter of the book has more than its share of such passages (although none of the others is quite as bad as this one).

Don't worry, though. This sort of fine writing declines steadily as the book progresses and Tey's genius takes command. By the end, her writing has become crisp and elegant, worthy of the lesser passages of her masterpiece, The Daughter of Time.


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Ebook The Man in the Queue read Online! Josephine Tey was a pseudonym of Elizabeth Mackintosh. Josephine was her mother's first name and Tey the surname of an English Grandmother. As Josephine Tey, she wrote six mystery novels including Scotland Yard's Inspector Alan Grant.

The first of these, 'The Man in the Queue' (1929) was published under the pseudonym of Gordon Daviot , whose name also appears on the title page of another of her 1929 novels, 'Kit An Unvarnished History'. She also used the Daviot by-line for a biography of the 17th century cavalry leader John Graham, which was entitled 'Claverhouse' (1937).

Mackintosh also wrote plays (both one act and full length), some of which were produced during her lifetime, under the pseudonym Gordon Daviot. The district of Daviot, near her home of Inverness in Scotland, was a location her family had vacationed. The name Gordon does not appear in either her family or her history.

Elizabeth Mackintosh came of age during World War I, attending Anstey Physical Training College in Birmingham, England during the years 1915-1918. Upon graduation, she became a physical training instructor for eight years. In 1926, her mother died and she returned home to Inverness to care for her invalid father. Busy with household duties, she turned to writing as a diversion, and was successful in creating a second career.

Alfred Hitchcock filmed one of her novels, 'A Shilling for Candles' (1936) as 'Young and Innocent' in 1937 and two other of her novels have been made into films, 'The Franchise Affair' (1948), filmed in 1950, and 'Brat Farrar' (1949), filmed as 'Paranoiac' in 1963. In addition a number of her works have been dramatised for radio.

Her novel 'The Daughter of Time' (1951) was voted the greatest mystery novel of all time by the Crime Writers' Association in 1990.

Miss Mackintosh never married, and died at the age of 55, in London. A shy woman, she is reported to have been somewhat of a mystery even to her intimate friends. While her death seems to have been a surprise, there is some indication she may have known she was fatally ill for some time prior to her passing.


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