Apr 15, 2021
To Love and Be Wise
Posted by Josephine Tey

This is the sixth of Josephine Tey s Inspector Grant novels from the golden age of British detective fiction Grant meets a celebrity photographer, Leslie Searle, briefly at a party in London He is later astonished to hear that he has vanished in the sleeply village of Salcott St Mary, and sets off to investigate.

  • Title: To Love and Be Wise
  • Author: Josephine Tey
  • ISBN: 9781849025997
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Hardcover
  • To Love and Be Wise This is the sixth of Josephine Tey s Inspector Grant novels from the golden age of British detective fiction Grant meets a celebrity photographer Leslie Searle briefly at a party in London He is lat


    In this 4th book of Josephine Tey s Inspector Grant series, he is active in it from the beginning A young man disappears or is disappeared and Scotland Yard has assigned Alan Grant the responsibility of figuring out whether it is by fair means or foul.Once again, I am impressed by the writing and Josephine Tey s excellent grasp of psychology How and why people take the actions they do is always in depth and real in her characters As many other writers of her era, the main character gets those li [...]


    In my opinion, Josephine Tey is up there with the best British crime novelists of the last century She wrote intriguing mysteries in clear, crisp and witty prose Her detective, Inspector Grant, is well developed and interesting without having any of the obvious eccentricities many crime writers choose to foist upon their detectives Tey was also good with the minor characters, although in this novel it s fair to say that some are believable than others.Here, Inspector Grant is sent to investigat [...]


    To Love and Be Wise boasts another absolutely gorgeous cover by Pamela Patrick This is one time when I understand the folk who obsess about uniformity in a series My editions are a ragtag group someday I d like to have the matched set.The story A disconcertingly beautiful young man becomes part of the lives of an extended family and then disappears He leaves behind amidst the bewilderment a girl who loves him despite herself, her fianc who is all at once a suspect in foul play of some sort in th [...]

    Emma Rose Ribbons

    God can this woman write anything worthy of less than five stars How is she not famous Her talent is so underrated I m consistently impressed with her work In To Love and Be Wise which is a lovely title it s fair to say the investigation makes absolutely no progress for 90% of the book, and yet so much happens Tey is unparalleled at drawing vivid, jump off the page characters I have never met a self confident author Her voice can be incredibly hilarious at the most unexpected moments and thoug [...]


    Tey does things with her apparently simple plots that no one, but no one else can manage A deliciously sly woman.


    Josephine Tey is the pseudonym for Elizabeth Mackintosh 1896 1952 Both a playwright under the pseudonym Gordon Daviot and novelist and due to a fierce predilection to keeping her life private, little is known about this author She guarded her life jealously, avoided the press, side stepped photographers, and never did any interviews Biographers for the most part are therefore fairly well pissed off about the whole secretive thing.And that s actually why Tey s novels are a bit of a game with read [...]


    I went into this looking for a light read to suit my mood and came to discover that this classic mystery is still strikingly modern in its central issues of identity and gender It has set my brain ticking on how these issues crop up in other of Tey s novels Why has no one has written a serious work of criticism about these novels Val McDermid wrote an excellent piece several years ago that you can find here telegraph books authI want More context, interpretation, analysis of themes that appea [...]

    Marti Booker

    Not as stellar as The Daughter of Time, but thoroughly enjoyable Well, it took me like three hours to read it all, without pausing except to stop the dog from barking at the coyotes That should tell you how much I enjoyed it


    To Love and Be Wise is the 4th book in the Inspector Grant mystery series by Josephine Tey If you enjoy Agatha Christie or Ngaio Marsh or Dorothy Sayers, you ll also enjoy this classic writer of mysteries.Inspector Grant is a Scotland Yard inspector who has been assigned to investigate a disappearance of an American It turns out that Grant had previously met this American when he was attending a party with his actress acquaintance, Marta Hallard The American, photographer Leslie Searle, meets Gr [...]


    A delightful mystery story with Alan Grant as the debonair detective Grant does police work because he likes it A relative has left him a legacy on which he could retire, but he keeps at his job and is good at it In this story a young photographer goes missing in the night Was it murder Suicide A practical joke I m proud that I detected the key to the mystery, even if I didn t get it completely correct.I especially like the part where two policemen recite poetry to each other and then burst out [...]


    3.5 stars This is one of the slightly odder plots among Tey s mysteries but, oh, how I do like Inspector Grant He and Sergeant Williams are getting to be one of my favorite detective duos in fiction Grant is the observant connoisseur of human nature that s usually found among the amateur detectives, the sidekicks and the chroniclers, yet he s also a highly professional and efficient police inspector, which makes for a fascinating combination Tey s writing is wonderful too, and her plots always h [...]


    It was a wonderful surprise to read this The characters were all well drawn, the plot fluid and engaging, and the ending was quite unexpected What was so refreshing was the absence of ludicrous plot twists and clich d characters that one finds in so many of the detective stories written during this so called golden age of English crime fiction There was also none of the stifling class rigidities that usually plagued such works I find Agatha Christie and her ilk quite unreadable now, and one of t [...]


    All terribly British Full of eccentrics, a chap who dancers, famous names, life in the country estates, and a disdain for everyone from the US As with other novels in this series, the characters are from the theatre and there is an American link.In this case a famous American photographer goes missing Murder, kidnapping, an accident or a practical joke And the denouement must have created waves at the time with the introduction of transvestism.


    Free download at Project Gutenberg AustraliaWith this book, I just finished the Inspector Alan Grant series.5 The Daughter of Time4 The Franchise Affair3 The Singing Sands4 Brat Farrar4 A Schilling for Candles4 The Man in the Queue4 To Love and Be WiseTBR Miss Pym Disposes


    I solved the puzzle before the end of the book I rarely know what s going on before it s revealed by the detective, so that was quite a coup for me Of course, lots of little hints are dropped throughout the narrative view spoiler I do wonder why mystery writers are so fascinated by people who assume another gender purely for the purpose of committing a crime I ve never encountered this in real life, but I do know a few trans folks and drag queens who don t really commit a lot of crime, much less [...]


    I was a tad disappointed by the last Tey novel I re read, The Singing Sands, so approached this one, which I hadn t read before, with a little caution I needn t have worried The solution is highly ingenious, albeit impossible in real life, view spoiler a subterfuge couldn t be maintained because humans excrete hide spoiler but that s almost the least part of the joy of a novel that s deliciously written and intent on characterization and exploring the nature of love.Inspector Alan Grant Tey s s [...]


    I love Josephine Tey, and can t believe I hadn t read this book before.

    Jean Cole

    I am a relative newcomer to the works of Ms Josephine Tey I have since learned that Josephine Tey was the pen name of one Elizabeth Mackintosh who was born in Inverness in 1896 She wrote murder mysteries in a style I would describe as English Country House Murder with a touch of Flapper Flair She was a very private person, never granting interviews and shunning publicity which no doubt accounts for why she doesn t have the notoriety of, say, Agatha Christie In any case, To Love and Be Wise is th [...]

    Whistlers Mom

    Tired of mysteries where the bodies keep piling up Try this one.Agatha Christie believed that when a mystery gets boring, the solution is to bring on another body Josephine Tey felt confident that the fans of her quirky, character driven novels would be content with NO body if the story line was good This is one of her later books it was published two years before her death and I think one of her best.The scene is the small village of Salcott St Mary, where best selling romance novelist Lavinia [...]

    Lisa (Harmonybites)

    I ve recently been rereading the Josephine Tey mysteries Sadly, there aren t many only eight of them One of the pleasures of reading To Love and Be Wise after almost all of the others was recognizing allusions to the prior novels, such as Jerry Lamont, a suspect in The Man in the Queue Jammy Hopkins, the sensationalist journalist from A Shilling for Candles and several characters that would get a mention in The Daughter of Time such as Benny Skoll, and novelists Lavinia Fitch and Silas Weekly.La [...]

    Donna Robbins

    This is the 3rd or 4th Inspector Alan Grant novel depending on whether you count The Franchise Affair and it s surprising how dissimilar the plots are I ve been reading them in order, and her plotting and characterization seem to get better and better, while Tey s terrific prose and wit has made reading all of them a pleasure This book is dryly funny and thoughtful, and reveals of Tey s insight into human nature and as a bonus, it seemed to include a bit less of the prejudices classism, homopho [...]


    Elizabeth Mackintosh 1896 or 97 1952 used two pseudonyms She wrote about two dozen plays under the name of Gordon Daviot and her best known books were written under the name Josephine for her mother Tey the surname of her English grandmother It is in these novels we meet the famous Detective Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard In To Love and Be Wise, Inspector Alan Grant introduces a charismatic, magnetic young American man by the name of Leslie Searle to famed author Lavinia Fitch at a litera [...]

    KateK. F.

    To Love and Be Wise is an intriguing mystery because its much less a murder mystery and a look at a group of people These are my favorite kinds of mysteries and I find the best of the mystery writers of this era tend to be good at creating believable glimpses into moments of time In this one its a look at a village that has become a spot for fashionable and artistic people from London As I m currently living in a beachside resort town that s changing as retirees come to live in it, I found it [...]

    Theobald Mary

    An unusual murder mystery why, I can t say or the ending will be ruined I will say that I ve never read a murder mystery like this one, and I ve read a lot of them Josephine Tey, British author, published this the year before she died in 1952, and it stars her Inspector Grant, a police detective with a flair for sensing when things just aren t right Written as a contemporary mystery, it reads today like a wonderful historical, set in a small English village that has been taken over by eccentric [...]


    I bought this in San Francisco because I just had to find a Josephine Tey book to read It was the mood I was in and I don t ignore my mood when I m looking for a book to read Neither of the books I brought grabbed me at all This one didn t disappoint An excellent ending and a great story with the very unpoliceman like Inspector Alan Grant.


    My favorite Inspector Grant yet Different from the first two in that he s hardly in it for the first half it s one of those mysteries where you meet all the characters before the incident to be investigated occurs.Totally didn t see the solution coming, and it was a brilliant one Can t say , but highly recommend.


    It was a bit slow to get going but in the end it was a very enjoyable story.


    Tricky little mystery, but not as good as some of her later works, picked it up because The Daughter of Time is one my favourites.


    Io vedo solo una situazione molto strana Una notte di primavera in Inghilterra, e un giovane americano che sparisce nel chilometro che c fra il paese e il fiume.Leslie Searle un giovane fotografo americano, estremamente affascinante, una di quelle persone che impossibile non girarsi a guardare una seconda volta in Inghilterra per incontrare Walter Whit, e ricordare insieme a lui un comune amico morto un anno prima Lavinia Finch, affermata scrittrice e zia di Walter, lo inviata a fermarsi da loro [...]


    Walter Whit does a radio show In an early scene Marta complains about it He sounds exactly like a modern day podcaster Walter is the nephew of the novelist Lavinia Fitch, engaged to Liz Garrowby, and friend of the dead photographer Cooney Wiggin killed taking photos in the Balkans Walter has moved on after his previous girlfriend, actress Marguerite Merriam killed herself.Leslie Searle, a strikingly beautiful young man shows up at the party where Grant meets him He s an old friend of Cooney s an [...]

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