- ‘Charmingly written and with a startling denouement’ Boston Globe
- ‘A nice reconciliation of comedy and ruthlessness’ The Observer
- ‘An unusually good story’ San Francisco Chronicle
- ‘Tey’s style and her knack for creating bizarre characters are among the best in the field’ The New Yorker
To Miss Lucy Pym, expert psychologist, the atmosphere at Leys College for young women where she is a guest lecturer is heavy with tension. Beneath the so normal surface run sinister undercurrents of rivalry and jealousy. Then one student has a peculiar and fatal ‘accident’. Or is it murder? Respectable, law-abiding Miss Pym discovers some vital evidence—but should she reveal it?
About the Author
Josephine Tey was the pen name of Elizabeth MacKintosh, the Scottish author who rose to fame through her Inspector Alan Grant crime novels. Grant was a dogged and diligent Detective Inspector in the CID at Scotland Yard, and one of the first fictional detectives to be a Scotland Yard Police Officer. Her first mystery novel, which also introduced Inspector Grant, The Man in the Queue, was published in 1929 and was awarded the Dutton Mystery Prize when published in America. The Daughter of Time, the fifth Inspector Grant novel in the six book series, was named as the greatest crime novel of all time by the Crime Writers’ Association. Rather unusually for such a successful Golden Age author, she never joined the illustrious Detection Club – probably because she delighted in subverting the conventions of the genre, thereby breaking the Clubs ‘commandments’. A shy and private person, she never married and eluded the attentions of biographers until 2015. Josephine Tey died in 1952, leaving her entire estate to the National Trust.