The Man in the Queue

The Man in the Queue

eBook - 2014
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Inspector Alan Grant searches for the identity of a man killed in the line at a theater and for the identity of the killer'whom no one saw. A long line had formed for the standing-room-only section of the Woffington Theatre. London's favorite musical comedy of the past two years was finishing its run at the end of the week. Suddenly, the line began to move, forming a wedge before the open doors as hopeful theatergoers nudged their way forward. But one man, his head sunk down upon his chest, slowly sank to his knees and then, still more slowly, keeled over on his face. Thinking he had fainted, a spectator moved to help, but recoiled in horror from what lay before him: the man in the queue had a small silver dagger neatly plunged into his back. With the wit and guile that have made Inspector Grant a favorite of mystery fans, the inspector sets about discovering just how a murder occurred among so many witnesses, none of whom saw a thing.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2014
ISBN: 9781476733289
1476733287
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Barnard, Robert

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sabzcal
Aug 11, 2016

A bit disappointing ending. The book starts interestingly enough with <*SPOILERS AHEAD*> murder taking place in a queue. There are a number of promising red herrings. However the end is a bit of a damp squib. I've noticed this problem with some of Tey's mysteries. Most of them start off with a novel situation, but some of them end lamely. Almost as if having written half the novel, the writer doesn't quite know how to end it, or is too impatient to end it on a high note. Maybe that is Tey's intent at times. After all life doesn't always end on a high note all the time.

cals_peggy Oct 01, 2015

This is Tey's first novel in the Inspector Alan Grant Series. It is beautifully written with well developed characters. The novel is witty and clever as are other Tey novels.

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genfloss
May 24, 2011

oldie but goodie

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