A policeman investigates the true identity of Richard III. Was he as villainous as he’s been portrayed?
It interwove a detective story with historical fact. While it probably isn’t as worthy of the ‘best detective story’ ever written it is still historically interesting. With the recent discovery of Richard’s bones under a car park, (and their subsequent reburial in a suitable location) it was interesting to read as the policeman studied the motives involved as if it were a normal crime scene.
This book was written in the 1950s and while the combination of history and crime was interesting, it didn’t really have me running to the nearest library to seek out further copies of Tey’s work. Engaging, yes, but not really my thing (my grandmother recommended it to me). It, however, got me thinking about how history is written by the winners.
MY RATING: **.5 / *****