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.
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JOSEPHINE TEY is one of the best-known and best-loved of all crime writers. She began to write full-time after the successful publication of her first novel, The Man in the Queue, which introduced Inspector Grant of Scotland Yard. In 1937 she returned to crime writing with A Shilling for Candles, but it wasn't until after the Second World War that the majority of her crime novels were published. Josephine Tey died in 1952, leaving her entire estate to the National Trust.From AudioFile:
The Man in the Queue is forty years old, but it could have been written today or eighty years ago. This variation on the "locked room" mystery, with a man stabbed to death in a crowded theater line, appeals to almost everyone. Tey's clever twists add to the suspense as Inspector Grant unravels the secrets of the murderer and his victim. Stephen Thorne's presentation wonderfully enhances the story; he handles men and women, as well as foreign and Cockney accents commendably. In light of the story's age, it's particularly amusing to hear the unchanging but humorous views that seem to be universally held about law enforcement and the police. Listen for them! S.G.B. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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