The Man in the Queue

Josephine Tey

Murder in a crowded public place and no one saw a thing...

A man slowly sinks to the ground standing in line to obtain a ticket to a stage musical. And he has a silver dagger neatly plunged into his back. But how was he stabbed when no one around him witnessed the crime?

With the wit and guile that have made Inspector Grant a favourite of crime buffs, the inspector sets about discovering just how a murder occurred among so many witnesses, none of whom saw a thing.

The Man in the Queue (aka Killer in the Crowd) is the first of the author's novels starring the popular Inspector Alan Grant.

  • Classification : Classic Crime & Adventure/Thrillers
  • Pub Date : JUN 20, 2023
  • Imprint : YELLOWBACK
  • Page Extent : 254
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9789357310550
  • Price : INR 399

Josephine Tey

Josephine Tey (real name Elizabeth Mackintosh, and also used the pen name Gordon Daviot; 18961952), novelist and playwright, was born in Inverness on 25 July 1896. She had two younger sisters, Jane Ellis (known as Jean) and Mary Henrietta (known as Etta and later on as Moire).

Josephine Tey was the pseudonym under which 'Beth' Mackintosh published mystery novels and used her second pseudonym, Gordon Daviot, for plays.

Tey was fiercely private and avoided the press, shunned photographers, and never granted interviews. For this reason, and the fact that she kept a small tight circle of friends, very little biographical detail is available on her.

Her mystery novels are classics of their kind, deftly constructed with strong characterization and a meticulous prose style. Six of them feature as their main character the slightly built, dapper Inspector Alan Grant, a gentleman police officer 'not coarse like a bobby' (The Man in the Queue, 118) and with independent means 'to smooth and embroider life' (ibid, 35). Interestingly, Inspector Grant was one of the first Scotland Yard Detectives as opposed to the private detective or the gifted amateur to be introduced into the mystery writing genre, making his debut in 1929. (

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