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The Man in the Queue

The Man in the Queue A stabbing murder in the midst of a London theatre crowd sends Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant on a far flung investigation

  • Title: The Man in the Queue
  • Author: Josephine Tey
  • ISBN: 9780020088240
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Paperback
  • A stabbing murder in the midst of a London theatre crowd sends Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant on a far flung investigation.

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    1. BillKerwin on said:

      This first mystery by Josephine Tey, a genius of the genre, reveals some of Tey the genius to any reader determined to look for it, but it also discloses much of Tey the novice writer too.It begins well, with a magnificent set piece. A festive atmosphere envelops the line of people waiting for tickets to the musical comedy hit Didn't You Know?, and we watch as this London crowd (accosted by attendant buskers) push against each other, move forward, and eventually reach the box office where “the [...]

    2. Jaline on said:

      This book is the first one Josephine Tey wrote in her Inspector Alan Grant series. First published in 1929, it is a product of its time in some ways, and in other ways, it is timeless.This book takes place in England (mostly London) and in Scotland. The writing is fine although at first I was conscious of words wearing strange apparel. For example, if I recall, one gentleman was labelled as plenitudinous instead of simply calling him ‘stout’. There were a few other examples where older expre [...]

    3. Kim on said:

      For some reason the only novels by Josephine Tey that I have read previously are The Daughter of Time and The Franchise Affair, both in my long-distant teenage past. I loved the former of these books and liked the latter, but until now I had not felt inspired to seek out Tey's other works.I'm glad that I finally did, for there's a lot to love about this example of British Golden Age detective fiction. Tey writes beautifully. Her prose is intelligent, lucid and witty and she deals equally well wi [...]

    4. Susan on said:

      This is the first Josephine Tey mystery, featuring Inspector Alan Grant. The novel begins on a March evening in London, where there are long queues outside the many theatres, including the Woffington; currently playing the long running show, “Didn’t You Know?” This is coming to the end of a long run and so the crowds are intense, with a patient crowd inching forward and hoping to get to see the beautiful Ray Marcable. As the doors open though, a man in the queue is murdered and Inspector G [...]

    5. Susan on said:

      This is the first Josephine Tey mystery, featuring Inspector Alan Grant. The novel begins on a March evening in London, where there are long queues outside the many theatres, including the Woffington; currently playing the long running show, “Didn’t You Know?” This is coming to the end of a long run and so the crowds are intense, with a patient crowd inching forward and hoping to get to see the beautiful Ray Marcable. As the doors open though, a man in the queue is murdered and Inspector G [...]

    6. Roman Clodia on said:

      I love Josephine Tey for her sharp eye, fine writing, good characterisation and twisty-turny plots. This book is the first of the Inspector Grant series and while it doesn't quite have the same engrossing, disorienting quality as The Franchise Affair, it's still a superior example of the classic crime novel.A man is stabbed while waiting in a London theatre queue - and soon Inspector Grant is caught is a fine muddle of the theatre, bookmakers, London landladies, men's outfitters and a trip to th [...]

    7. Tracey on said:

      After a long absence, Alan Grant returns to my life. (Which is a different way of saying "I haven't read this in a long time".) It's obvious that Josephine Tey didn't originally intend to write mystery novels: not to in any way belittle mystery novels, which I love, but there is an intelligent uniqueness to her story and her writing that is a pure joy, an approach to the task which is fresh and unique. Alan Grant is lovely. A friend noted in her recent review of a different edition that she was [...]

    8. Melissa McShane on said:

      How could I have guessed that the author of The Daughter of Time, one of my favorite authors ever, could have written such a lumpy first novel? I mean, Tey's a great stylist, she writes description so well that you hardly mind that it's pages and pages of the stuff. And even in this novel, Alan Grant is a vibrant and interesting character, even if he does love fishing. But it's unfortunate that Tey chose to make such broad characterizations of cultural and national groups. The murder (the stabbi [...]

    9. Sharon Barrow Wilfong on said:

      I read this book over the weekend. I have never read anything by Tey before and after reading this first novel of hers, consider her a gem of a find.People are crowding each other in a line outside a theater to see a final performance of the wonderful Ray Marcable's "Swan" performance before she sails off to America. A fat woman (her description, now we would say a "woman of size") is trying to pay for her ticket while she is being pushed by the man and the crowd behind her. She turns around to [...]

    10. Leonie on said:

      Not too bad. I liked the resolution. Tey is still Tey, ie the only Golden Age mystery writer whose racism, classism and sexism I bother really taking issue with, because she really is that much worse than her contemporaries. People decide what personalities other people have based on their face and their race; it's a crass, naïve philosophy and hard to have patience with at the best of times. The detective's thoughts at the end say an awful lot about Tey. He thinks about the murder victim, and [...]

    11. Eleanor on said:

      A reread after many years. This was Tey’s first mystery and it shows. Not bad, but not as good as later ones.

    12. Jane on said:

      A wonderful opening pulled me straight into the 1920s. And straight into London’s theatreland.It was beautifully written and it was clear that Josephine Tey, already a successful playwright, knew and loved the world she was writing about. And that she understood the importance of the big picture, of the small things, and of the psychology of her characters.And in the very first chapter there was the crime. Such an elegant, clever scenario:” ‘Chap fainted,’ said someone. No one moved for [...]

    13. Nikki on said:

      I expected to like this a lot. Golden Age crime fiction, I'm pretty sure my mother mentioned liking it, etc, etc. But I couldn't get past the endless racism, and the general feeling that Josephine Tey would be a men's rights activist now. I mean, a woman on the stage overshadows her male co-stars, and yet the whole tone is not, wow, her skill and grace and so on, but that she is secretly a conniving bitch. The whole story serves to hammer home that she's a woman who only cares about herself -- [...]

    14. Elizabeth (Alaska) on said:

      A classic of detective fiction that I overlooked in the multitude of good titles that come my way. I'm so glad that has been rectified. From the first page I knew I would like it, as the writing is more complex than so many of the genre. It isn't all so pompous as this, but I certainly enjoyed my introduction to Josephine Tey. Long ago a lordly official had come down the pit queue and, with a gesture of his outstretched arm that seemed to guillotine hope, had said, "All after here standing room [...]

    15. Arwen56 on said:

      Dal punto di vista della scrittura, non c’è proprio da lamentarsi. E’ indubbiamente scritto bene. Alcune rapide osservazioni riescono a delineare benissimo i personaggi e a definirli in maniera efficace, persino quelli minori. Tuttavia, come “romanzo giallo” è un po’ carente di ritmo e il finale non mi è piaciuto per nulla. A dire il vero, non ho neanche ben capito la dinamica dell’omicidio e se possa davvero essere andata come viene narrato. Nonostante la ressa della coda, mi sem [...]

    16. Laura on said:

      Free download at Project Gutenberg AustraliaI just realized this is the first book of the Inspector Alan Grant series. As the previous book I've read this week, A Schilling for Candles, the plot is captivating and the investigation work follows the masters of the mystery genre. There is one more book of this series to be read,To Love and Be Wise.5* The Daughter of Time4* The Franchise Affair3* The Singing Sands4* Brat Farrar4* A Shilling for Candles4* The Man in the QueueTBR To Love and Be WiseT [...]

    17. Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) on said:

      *Special Content only on my blog, Strange and Random Happenstance during Golden Summer (May-September 2013).Inspector Alan Grant has been given the infamous Queue case. A man with no identification was stabbed in a busy queue outside the Woffington Theatre as fans waited to see the final hurrah of Ray Marcable in the smash hit Didn't You Know? With just a knife and a handful of witnesses that didn't see anything, Inspector Grant is able to quickly build a case against the mysterious man he nickn [...]

    18. Abbey on said:

      1929, #1 Inspector Alan Grant, London and Scotland; also published as "Killer in the Crowd".The Man In the Queue gets himself murdered, and the chase is on! Her weakest novel, but still very good stuff. Cosy police procedural, three-and-one-half stars.Playwright Elizabeth Mackintosh's first novel, originally published under the "Gordon Daviot" name in 1929 and later as "Josephine Tey", is a true 1920s' thriller, based on the police procedural format, very similar in style and tone to Philip McDo [...]

    19. Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) on said:

      Published in 1929, there's a definite "Maigret" vibe to the first Inspector Grant novel--and coming from me that's a compliment. Like Maigret, Grant is stolid and silent but very aware of everything that goes on around him--visible as well as hunches, le flair as they say in French. ("Flair" means "sense of smell" like a good hunting dog.) Well Grant has it in spades--the ability to smell out facts as well as the English idea of "flair" meaning style. However, some of his deductions had me grinn [...]

    20. Ruthiella on said:

      The Man in the Queue is not only the first Inspector Grant mystery by Tey but her first book, in fact. In it , Tey breaks one of the cardinal rules of classic crime fiction: “No accident must ever help the detective, nor must he ever have an unaccountable intuition which proves to be right”. Inspector Grant uses his intuition quite a bit to solve his cases in my experience, in particular in this title.In the line for a popular musical in its last week’s run, a man is mortally stabbed. Of c [...]

    21. Katrina on said:

      What an intriguing, engrossing mystery. It had a bit of a slow start, and I have to drop a star for the hero - Grant - who is the least interesting character in this oddly elaborate tale. I suppose that's part of the point, to create a bit of a blank slate who can adapt to his circumstances and shine the spotlight where needed. The cast of characters is otherwise full of quirky, hilarious, off-beat Dickensian personalities. They're delightful to meet, and some of my favorite parts of the book ha [...]

    22. Mmyoung on said:

      Although an “interesting” first mystery novel -- and a very promising one -- this book has a number of flaws. It is unclear what “type” of mystery novel Tey (Elizabeth Mackintosh) was attempting to write. Was it a police procedural? An action adventure? A discourse on the realities of justice? Insightful examination of the moral and intellectual quandaries of a detective? All these different types of mystery novels seemed to have been wedged together into one and unfortunately, the seams [...]

    23. C. on said:

      “The Man In The Queue” is Josephine Tey's first novel with this pseudonym and her famous series' début. Though her catalogue is short, this Scotswoman unfortunately dead at only 52, Elizabeth Mackintosh is renowned among the leading authors of mystery. She has true skill. She is a lady of letters, adept at fashioning a labyrinthine plot out of bare bones. Three stars are modest, which take several factors into consideration. My enjoyment and admiration rank highly among them.Police fiction [...]

    24. Margaret on said:

      Rating could be closer to 2.5.Josephine Tey was my mother's favorite writer. Among the few possessions she left me were her beat-up paperbacks of all Tey's books. (She'd given the rest of her books to the library at her retirement home.) Up till now I'd only read Brat Farrar. Now I'm in the mood to read the rest of them.But this was so odd. Some of it was very good. Some of it was confusing. The 2-pages paragraphs bothered me. The resolution was so strange. (view spoiler)[How does a brooch with [...]

    25. meeners on said:

      apparently this was her first novel, and it shows. josephine tey is always best when she forgets about the actual crime and lets her characters get on with their lives, which are always more interesting than the crime itself. but in this novel she starts with a sensational premise (man murdered in a queue, in a kind of reverse locked room mystery) and then is forever stuck trying to make it work. the sleuthing is tedious, the logic is flimsy, the typically tey character interactions that might h [...]

    26. Daniel Clark on said:

      The mystery was all there, but the ending wasn't executed like I expected. I liked the setup and I was able to keep track of characters and follow the train of thought of Inspector Grant. The best part was the notion that an inspector has to believe he really has the guilty party, because if there is any doubt the moral foundation fails. The big fault I would say was the big reveal at the end. It was satisfying in that it tied up the loose ends, but it was unsatisfying in the way it was revealed [...]

    27. Sarah on said:

      Well, they say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover I'd have to add "or by its author's reputation or by its score!"An unknown man is stabbed in the queue of a theatre show's last night. Inspector Alan Grant struggles all through the book to find out the who and the why.This is apparently Josephine Tey's first novel, so I might just be able to forgive her for the dreadfully contrived ending and the disappointment I felt. But I certainly cannot recommend it.

    28. Barbara on said:

      Well, I raced through this book to find out who did it and why. I really enjoyed it and the solution was fairly unexpected, though not a complete surprise. I liked the style of the writing and the descriptions of the Scottish countryside. Easy to see that Tey (real name Elizabeth MacKintosh) was an Inverness lady. AND someone who knew her way around theatres. I'll be reading more Inspector Grant books.

    29. Susanna - Censored by GoodReads on said:

      Very much a period piece. Including frequent use of the term "dago."Probably about 2.5 stars.

    30. Leah on said:

      I was expecting this to be another one of Tey's hard-to-define detective novels - unique settings, out-of-the-way crimes, a dash of flair in both the situation and its resolution - and what I got instead was a really, really good procedural, written in 1929.This is not, NOT, a whodunnit. This is a procedural. It is thorough, methodical, cleanly-paced and driven. Inspector Grant is clever but not infallible, experienced rather than gifted. He is dry, and determined, and a good Inspector. He think [...]

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