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Alibi für einen König (1951)

von Josephine Tey

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Reihen: Alan Grant (5)

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5,5212191,605 (3.96)2 / 673
Confined to a hospital bed, Scotland Yard's Inspector Grant reconsiders 500-year-old evidence and brilliantly arrives at a compelling new answer to one of the most intriguing mysteries in history-- who really murdered the young princes who were imprisoned in the Tower of London?
  1. 121
    The Sunne in Splendour von Sharon Kay Penman (LisaMaria_C)
    LisaMaria_C: For me The Daughter of Time and The Sunne in Splendour go hand in hand. The first is the classic mystery "solving" the mystery of the Two Princes in the Tower and the second a sympathetic biographical novel of Richard III which is well-researched and moving.… (mehr)
  2. 90
    Der letzte Maskenball von Elizabeth Peters (Cynara)
    Cynara: Both books are, broadly speaking, mysteries debunking the popular misconceptions around Richard III; Tey's book is entirely concerned with the subject, and Peters' does so as a sort of subplot, in addition to a more traditional mystery. I'd suggest reading Tey first, as her mystery has less to offer once you've read Peters.… (mehr)
  3. 50
    Richard III. Der letzte Plantagenet auf dem englischen Königsthron, 1452-1485 von Paul Murray Kendall (myshelves)
    myshelves: Biography
  4. 61
    Gott sei ihrer Seele gnädig von Colin Dexter (Cynara)
    Cynara: Two hospitalised detectives work through historical mysteries, investigating from their cots. Tey's is the more famous work, and will give you a good education on the ins and outs of the rehabilitation of Richard III, but to my mind, Dexter's book is better.
  5. 62
    König Richard III. von William Shakespeare (bookwoman247)
    bookwoman247: This is a mystery involving Richard III and the two princes in the tower, and seems to have garnered a bit of respect. It's a great read on its own, and would make a great companion read to Shakespeare's Richard III.
  6. 30
    We Speak No Treason von Rosemary Hawley Jarman (Imprinted, KayCliff)
  7. 31
    Royal Blood: King Richard III and the Mystery of the Princes von Bertram Fields (inge87)
  8. 10
    Die Geheimnisse des schwarzen Turms: Historischer Kriminalroman (insel taschenbuch) von Louis Bayard (bjappleg8)
    bjappleg8: Both novels use detectives to explore historical mysteries surrounding princes banished to towers and whose fates can never be known for certain.
  9. 00
    Chatterton. Roman von Peter Ackroyd (kmcmahon)
    kmcmahon: Though very different types of book, both feature modern day characters trying to solve famous mysterious deaths from centuries before.
  10. 00
    Maigret und der Verrückte von Bergerac von Georges Simenon (shaunie)
    shaunie: The detective solves the crime whilst bedridden in both. Both also somewhat overrated?
  11. 00
    Yorkists: The History of a Dynasty von Anne Crawford (KayCliff)
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A brilliant book about a historical mystery, and an even more brilliant book about "Truth - the daughter of time". What a great idea to have a Scotland Yard detective who can't leave his hospital bed "investigate" a murder that was committed 400 years ago. What an elegant entry to the story, to have Alan Grant - a man with great interest in faces - distract himself over a set of portaits, only to get hooked by the face of a man who looks much too nice to belong to a hunchbacked monster alleged of having killed his nephews (the princes in the tower). On the surface, this novel is an entertaining discourse about king Richard III and his time. All set in a hospital room, with nurses, friends and a doctor taking turns in visiting the patient, lending him history books, discussing shool history or bringing in news from recent findings from the British Museum, the scenes and dialogues are almost like a theatre play (and indeed, Grant's wonderful friend Marta is a theatre actress, and so is the lover of his "research assistant" Carradine). Below the surface - behind the stories about Richard III - the main subject of the book is "historical truth" and how it is shaped, distorted and consolidated by people. Once Grant and Carradine have found out the truth, they also find out that this truth had been known (and written down) long before they re-discovered it. As yet, this truth had left little trace in the common stories about the hunchbacked monster Richard III. A key sentence is when Grant suggests to Carradine that if he can't be the first to unveal the truth, he could fight for truth to become the common story: "If you can't be a pioneer, what's wrong with leading a crusade?" (p.179). ( )
  Bassgesang | Nov 19, 2022 |
This was my first Josephine Tey and she did not disappoint. ( )
  EmilyRaible | Sep 27, 2022 |
Loved the idea - the disappearance of the two princes from the tower of England, but really got lost in the details - lots of details. However, told with a light touch: the narrator is a detective lying in a hospital due to an accident of falling in a pit. He decides to investigate the murders of the two young boys along with help by an young American researcher.

Really stuck with it during the first part - helped by a family tree, but totally got bogged down. ( )
  maryreinert | Sep 12, 2022 |
Cleverly plotted, although I found the arch dialogue of the day to be a bit much from time to time. A good read, overall. ( )
  BarbKBooks | Aug 15, 2022 |
Ricard III ( )
  ConxaM | Aug 14, 2022 |

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AutorennameRolleArt des AutorsWerk?Status
Tey, JosephineHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Barnard, RobertEinführungCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Jacobi, DerekErzählerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Manninen, AnteroÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Sheban, ChrisUmschlagillustrationCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Weir, AlisonEinführungCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Weller, LucyIllustratorCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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Grant lay on his high white cot and stared at the ceiling.
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You don't like to think of a man you've known and admired flung stripped and dangling across a pony like a dead animal.
A frisson of horror may go down one's spine at wholesale destruction but one's heart stays unmoved. A thousand people drowned in floods in China are news: a solitary child drowned in a pond is tragedy.
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