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Scotland Yard inspector Grant is lying in his bed in a London hospital. He will spend his time trying to understand why King Richard III is presented as the murderer of his two nephews by all the history books while there are no clues incriminating him. Helped by a young American student who's charged by Grant to consult for him books and letters from the XVth and the XVIth century, Grant will discover that Richard had in fact no good reason at all to kill King Edward's sons. He wants to find out who really did it.
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The review of this Book prepared by Daniel Staebler

Josephine Tey (1897-1952), through the mind of her fictional Inspector Grant, re-opens the historical case of King Richard III, and his presumed act to gain the throne of England by murdering his two nephews. The question is not a new one, and Ms. Tey was not the first to offer what Grant renders as his conclusion; however, the novel covers considerable historical ground in less than 200 pages and makes a compelling argument. Of special note is that many historians don't regard Josephine Tey's implication with too much seriousness, but almost all modern historians at least mention her when discussing England in 1483.
The review of this Book prepared by Michael S. Casteel

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Special suspect?    -   relative Murder of certain profession?    -   royalty Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   solving long-past murder    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Any non-mystery subplot?    -   politics Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King    -   champion of justice Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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