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Book Title: A Shilling For Candles|
The author of the book: Josephine Tey
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 783 KB
Date of issue: June 6th 2002
ISBN 13: 9780099429494
Read full description of the books A Shilling For Candles:Not far from the Channel, near Westover, a woman's body is washed ashore. First thought an accident, then a suicide, it is soon deemed a murder—and a puzzling one, at that. But when the dead woman is identified as Christine Clay, famous British actress and Hollywood star, Inspector Grant's task, already quite a puzzle, becomes an ordeal.
This second Inspector Grant mystery is better than the first, but it would still take more than ten years before Tey would include him in her first masterpiece, The Franchise Affair. Still, this too is a very good book. Unlike her first effort, The Man in the Queue, there are no bravura passages here, for the simple reason that Tey has progressed beyond bravura passages; she writes well all the time, with precision and wit, and without unnecessary display. The elegant and likable inspector is off-stage for much of the action, but his creator has by this time become so adept at tale-telling that the reader scarcely feels his absence.
The primary reasons for the reader's satisfaction are the points of view Tey uses to tell the rest of her story. Gossip maven Jammy Hopkins gives us the celebrity reporter's perspective, but even more interesting is the police superintendent's daughter Erica Burgoyne, a fearless tomboy not only half in love with Grant and but also with Robert Tisdall the prime suspect too! This intelligent young lady does her share of investigating, and her vulnerability—and our fears for her—add a good deal to the suspense.
If you get the chance, watch the 1937 Hitchcock film based on this book: Young and Innocent (U.S. title: The Girl Was Young). Hitchcock and his writers altered a lot of the plot—including eliminating Grant entirely and changing the identity of the murderer--but it is a charming and memorable film nonetheless, one of the best of the director's British period. And it stars, as Erica Burgoyne, the first utterly captivating Hitchcock heroine, the--ah, my queen of Hitchcock trivia!--the charming, forgotten Nova Pilbeam.
Read information about the authorJosephine Tey was a pseudonym of Elizabeth Mackintosh. Josephine was her mother's first name and Tey the surname of an English Grandmother. As Josephine Tey, she wrote six mystery novels including Scotland Yard's Inspector Alan Grant.
The first of these, 'The Man in the Queue' (1929) was published under the pseudonym of Gordon Daviot , whose name also appears on the title page of another of her 1929 novels, 'Kit An Unvarnished History'. She also used the Daviot by-line for a biography of the 17th century cavalry leader John Graham, which was entitled 'Claverhouse' (1937).
Mackintosh also wrote plays (both one act and full length), some of which were produced during her lifetime, under the pseudonym Gordon Daviot. The district of Daviot, near her home of Inverness in Scotland, was a location her family had vacationed. The name Gordon does not appear in either her family or her history.
Elizabeth Mackintosh came of age during World War I, attending Anstey Physical Training College in Birmingham, England during the years 1915-1918. Upon graduation, she became a physical training instructor for eight years. In 1926, her mother died and she returned home to Inverness to care for her invalid father. Busy with household duties, she turned to writing as a diversion, and was successful in creating a second career.
Alfred Hitchcock filmed one of her novels, 'A Shilling for Candles' (1936) as 'Young and Innocent' in 1937 and two other of her novels have been made into films, 'The Franchise Affair' (1948), filmed in 1950, and 'Brat Farrar' (1949), filmed as 'Paranoiac' in 1963. In addition a number of her works have been dramatised for radio.
Her novel 'The Daughter of Time' (1951) was voted the greatest mystery novel of all time by the Crime Writers' Association in 1990.
Miss Mackintosh never married, and died at the age of 55, in London. A shy woman, she is reported to have been somewhat of a mystery even to her intimate friends. While her death seems to have been a surprise, there is some indication she may have known she was fatally ill for some time prior to her passing.
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