This fortnight we are talking about Josephine Tey’s To Love and Be Wise, starring the immensely lovable Detective Alan Grant. This is an underappreciated mystery novel by an underappreciated author, in our humble opinions!
Josephine Tey is the dark horse of this season, and the author we have shoehorned into our “Queens of Crime” category (displacing the better-known Agatha Christie). Her works are subtle and layered, and we hope that you will give them a try!
As always, spoiler alert! Read first, listen after.
- Here is a link to a recent biography of Tey, Josephine Tey: A Life, by Morag Henderson.
- You can read more about Ronald Knox’s Ten Commandments of Detective Fiction here. Please do also read the footnote for context about #5.
- 16 Times Brad Pitt Dressed Exactly Like His Girlfriends.
- A link to Phoebe Hessel‘s Wikipedia entry.
- More ladies who lived as men throughout history. See also the excellent podcast Deviant Women, particularly their episodes on Isabelle Eberhardt, Anne Bonny & Mary Read, Hatshepsut, and Catalina de Erauso.
Thanks again to Rob Muir for our theme song, original intro music, and tech support. And thanks to you for listening!