The Daughter of Time remains Josephine Tey’s most enduringly popular mystery. Can a bed-ridden 20th-century detective solve a 500-year-old crime? With illustrations by series artist Mark Smith.
Miss Pym Disposes
Illustrated by Mark Smith
Miss Pym Disposes is an essential addition to the Josephine Tey collection. A unique and absorbing standalone mystery, this edition features intriguing illustrations by series artist Mark Smith.
Bestselling author Lucy Pym is initially thrilled to be invited to lecture at Leys Physical Training College. The girls are eager to learn about psychology, her pet subject, and she finds herself inspired by their discipline, humour and determination. However, a tragic accident in the gymnasium reveals a darker side to the school, and unexpectedly Miss Pym finds she must draw on her psychological expertise to trace who, of all these wholesome girls, has violence on the mind.
How could one believe that someone one had laughed and talked with, liked and admired, shared a communal life with, be responsible for another’s death?
Bound in blocked buckram
Set in Dante with Station No. 5 display
Frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations
9˝ x 5¾˝
The mistress of unconventional crime
Tey herself attended a physical education college as a girl and even taught in them as an adult, and this intimacy with the subject shines throughout the book. The girls and the teachers are all distinctive, even familiar, characters, and Tey writes about them with warmth and a keen observational eye. It was whilst teaching in such a college that Tey herself was struck by a piece of falling gymnasium equipment, providing the seed that would inspire this tale of twists and obsessive friendship. Unusually for a Golden Age crime novel, rather than a detective or even an enthusiastic amateur sleuth, it features a simple bystander thrown into the drama. This only adds to the charm of the mystery – the reader is on an equal footing with Miss Pym, and is invited to solve the crime alongside her.
‘The most interesting of the great female writers of the Golden Age’
Mark Smith, who provided the illustrations for The Singing Sands, A Shilling for Candles and our new edition of The Daughter of Time, returns to bring the world of Leys to life. As well as brilliantly conveying a sense of time and place, Smith cleverly uses unusual angles, ominous shadows and body language to bring a hint of menace to these apparently innocent scenes.
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