|Plot Summary of The Daughter of Time|
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.
This synopsis report 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.
This synopsis report prepared by Michael S. Casteel
|Chapter Analysis of The Daughter of Time|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
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:
- middle ages
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Murder of certain profession?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- solving long-past murder
- Proving innocence of very obvious suspect
Kind of investigator
- british mystery (I say!)
Any non-mystery subplot?
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- champion of justice
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- mostly dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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