The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

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A who-dunnit? A history book?  A soapbox?  It might be fun to debate if there’s a specific slot on the bookshelf for The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey.  For my purposes it sits well in the “worth reading” category.  It’s worth reading, partly or mainly, because it is a departure from the standard form of…you know, that slot, whatever it may be.  Fairly enough, you’ll likely find it in the Mystery section of your local library.  The author specializes in writing mysteries, and there’s a puzzle to consider here.  Oh yeah, and the puzzle is investigated by Inspector Grant, who inhabits multiple mysteries written by Josephine Tey.  It makes sense.  What about the book, then?

It’s a thought-provoking book.  It’s a relatively compact book. It’s rather original. It can be a little convoluted.  There is this happy moment in the book when Inspector Grant, the protagonist, lends a helping hand by writing a list—ostensibly for the benefit of someone doing some leg work in the investigation, but mainly for the reader.

Thank You, Inspector Grant!

What I love about this book is the holes it pokes into things that are “general knowledge,” that “everyone knows.”  It’s a marvelous admonition to consider whether or not things really add up. To not ignore inconsistencies because someone else has. To wonder about things!  And the method used to convey this is enjoyable with a hint of frustration here and there.  Just as it ought to be!

It’s a timely admonition, too, as it was when it was given and probably will be for the imaginable future.  In conclusion, whatever you may think about or conclude from the book, the quote from which it was named is worth pondering.

                                              “Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.”                                                                                            Francis Bacon


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