Analysis Of The Book ' Daughter Of Time '

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Josephine Tey’s Daughter of Time is a story that gives the reader a role in being a detective, filling in Sherlock Holmes 's shoes but with a twist. Within the first few chapters we meet Alan Grant, a famous inspector from England 's Scotland Yard. He is confined in a hospital after sustaining an injury, leaving him immensely bored during his recovery there. Where he would trace and map out ceiling cracks for hours; after awhile he became acquainted with the nurses that would come in and out of his room. His actress friend Marta brings printed materials for Grant to read but he would reject them, the reason is not known. His antsy behavior shows that he craves a mental challenge. Grant eventually got what he wanted; Marta suggested that he should try solving an old mystery that no one has managed to solve. She brings him pictures, portraits of faces from different historical eras. During his recovery, he spends time analyzing the collection that Marta provides him. It’s clear that Grant adopts Carr’s and Elton’s methodology into solving this case and without either of them it wouldn’t be possible. He came across a picture of Richard III, who had accusations of killing his two nephews; his Brother Edward IV 's sons. It is evident that Grant takes pride in his skills as an inspector and speculates that Edward III is not the perpetrator of the murders. From that point he undertakes the task of learning British history. Finding clues and piecing them together, disregarding…
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