It was rumoured that Hollywood stars would go to any lengths for the privilege of being photographed by the good-looking, brilliantly talented and ultra-fashionable portrait photographer Leslie Searle. But what was this gifted creature doing in such an English village backwater as Salcott St. Mary? And why - and how - did he disappear? If a crime ...Read MoreIt was rumoured that Hollywood stars would go to any lengths for the privilege of being photographed by the good-looking, brilliantly talented and ultra-fashionable portrait photographer Leslie Searle. But what was this gifted creature doing in such an English village backwater as Salcott St. Mary? And why - and how - did he disappear? If a crime had been committed, was it murder...fraud...or simply some macabre practical joke?Read Less
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I read this years ago and didn't much care for it, loaned it out and never got it back. I toyed with getting a replacement copy for years because now it was now the only Josephine Tey that I didn't have. I finally did, and I re-read it, and I now like it very much.
I can very highly recommend any of Josephine Tey's mysteries. They are all very well-written and well-plotted with well-developed characters. I'm glad that I finally replaced it and read it again.
Oct 24, 2013
Not my favourite Josephine Tey book, but still I would read it again (and again!). In fact this must be at least the third or fourth time. Inspector Grant is the epitome of intelligent policing, and always beautifully well-mannered. Although the books are firmly fixed in the early to middle twentieth century, the insights into character are as vivid and true today as then. So glad I have my own copy!
Sep 10, 2009
Subtle and sophisticated
Ms. Tey had such warmth and style - if only she lived to grow with this gift. There is true plot here, vivid characterization - I feel a closeness with her after each of her novels.
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