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The Singing Sands

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On sick leave from Scotland Yard, Inspector Alan Grant is planning a quiet holiday with an old school chum to recover from overwork and mental fatigue. I am the author of The Pocket Detective, The Pocket Detective 2 and How to Survive a Classic Crime Novel.

Kentra Bay contains a large expanse of mudflat at low tide and small fragments of salt marsh, sand dune and machair. A rejuvenated Grant finds that recuperation is better served by having a mystery to solve than fishing.

This is the one Tey I’ve not read and have no interest in reading, but I can’t deny the quality of her prose.

It appears on the face of it to have been an accident, the drunk man having fallen over and bashed his head on the basin.Asking his sergeant in London about Martin does not help because it seems that the man’s family in Marseilles has positively identified the body from a photograph and the death has been ruled an accident by the coroner.

I agree the central crime is probably not as strong as it should be, the focus in this story is not on the puzzle but Inspector Grant. This is not necessarily a foolish assumption as ‘the compartment was so solid with the reek of whisky that you could stand a walking stick in it.Bestselling author Josephine Tey’s classic final mystery featuring her best-loved character, Inspector Alan Grant, filled with “all the Tey magic and delight” and now featuring a new introduction by Robert Barnard.

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