Illustrated by Mark Smith
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Our Josephine Tey set includes The Singing Sands and A Shilling for Candles.
The Singing Sands
Diagnosed with 'overwork' and in the grip of debilitating claustrophobia, Inspector Alan Grant takes leave from Scotland Yard and heads for the peaceful home of his cousin Laura, who lives with her family in the Scottish Highlands. As the London mail draws into Inverness, he sees the surly sleeping-car attendant trying to rouse an unresponsive young man. He is compelled, firstly, to point out that the passenger is dead, and secondly to pick up the newspaper that has slipped onto the compartment floor. On it the deceased, who appears to have drunk himself into oblivion, has scrawled an elusive poem about a paradise guarded by 'singing sand'. Grant is soon fascinated by the hopes and dreams of the dead man with 'tumbled black hair and … reckless eyebrows'. And though he has planned to do nothing in Scotland but fish, he cannot help but act on the growing suspicion that a far more sinister story is waiting to be uncovered …
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A Shilling for Candles
When the body of a famous film actress is found beneath chalk cliffs on the south coast of England, it is initially thought to be a tragic suicide; the area is notorious for such incidents. However, it soon becomes clear that darker motives were afoot, and potential suspects in the death of Christine Clay stack up at a rapid pace. As the case grows murkier, the man who spent the last week of Clay’s life living with her in a remote cottage goes on the run, and Inspector Alan Grant must race to uncover the truth.
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Josephine Tey was the pen-name of Elizabeth Mackintosh, playwright and author of some of the finest detective novels from the Golden Age of Crime Fiction. She was born in Inverness in 1896, and taught physical education for a number of years before the success of her first book, The Man in the Queue, in 1929. The book introduced her detective protagonist Inspector Grant of Scotland Yard, who would appear in a further four novels, including The Franchise Affair (1948) and The Daughter of Time (1951). Tey also wrote for the theatre, under the pseudonym Gordon Daviot, and had a notable success with Richard of Bordeaux in 1932, starring John Gielgud in the title role. She died in 1952, leaving her entire estate to the National Trust.
Mark Smith has been working as an illustrator for the last six years. His work has been recognised by all the major industry award panels, including American Illustration, Communication Arts, SPD, the V&A Illustration Awards and the UK Association of Illustrators. He has received a Silver Medal from the New York Society of Illustrators (for previous Folio Society work), Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards from the LA Society of Illustrators, and the Best in Show Award from the 3X3 ProShow. His client list includes many prestigious publications, the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Guardian and the Financial Times, among others. He has illustrated two other books for The Folio Society, Josephine Tey’s The Singing Sands and Primo Levi’s The Periodic Table.
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