I am really excited about this. The Daughter of Time really impressed me when I first read it, but it was my first Tey so I expect I will catch a lot more of Tey’s humor and keen observations in this re-read. And of course, having now read more about the historical background, too, I am hoping to find it easier to remember who is who in the historical background, too. Not that Tey made this hard to begin with…but she was a history buff and I am looking to appreciate more this time how much of her background research she managed to pack into this “detective novel”.
I still love that none of her mysteries adhere to a formula and that she seemed pretty set on bending the rules of the genre in this part of her work.
Also, I am going to use this re-read to delve into another work by Tey, which pre-dates The Daughter of Time but deals with the same topic. I first came across the play Dickon last year when I took some time to look at the small number of typescripts and material held by the National Library of Scotland.
I didn’t get to read the entire play back then, but the author’s notes at the end of the play really intrigued me as they very much posed the questions that Tey’s Alan Grant would take up in his investigation in The Daughter of Time.
I’ve now got a copy of Dickon and will read the play over this weekend, too.
Anyway, I am all set.