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-> Truth is the daughter of time.

This 1951 novel by Creator/JosephineTey is one of the more unusual historical mysteries out there. Flat on his back in the hospital after falling through a trapdoor, Scotland Yard detective Alan Grant is bored. ''Really'' bored.

A kind friend, knowing Grant's ability to gauge someone's character by their face, sends him a pack of postcard portraits of famous historical figures. Most of them Grant pegs accurately enough, but he finds himself fascinated by one man, whose expression is sombre and reminds Grant of a judge. He flips the postcard over --

It's [[RichardOfGloucester Richard III]]. Yes, ''that'' Richard III, Shakespeare's Theatre/RichardIII, Princes-in-the-Tower Richard III. Having identified one of English history's most notorious murderers as a judge is just embarrassing, so Grant promptly resolves to get at the truth behind the murders. Armed with historical romances, [[Theatre/AManForAllSeasons the sainted More]] and a fluffy American postgrad, he begins a crusade against people who didn't do their historical research.

Practically the bible of the Richard III Society.
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!! Provides examples of:

* AmateurSleuth: Played with. Grant is a professional detective, but an amateur historian. Brent Carradine is a professional historian but an amateur detective.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: The jumping-off point for the novel is essentially that Richard III is too good-looking to have killed his nephews.
* ClearTheirName: What the investigation ended up being.
* ConvictedByPublicOpinion: Richard was, and whether he killed the princes or not, that really ''pisses Grant off''.
* EvidenceScavengerHunt: Carradine does all the legwork, seeing as how Grant has broken his.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Grant questions why Richard ''didn't'' do this.
* ShownTheirWork
* SoWasX:
-->"According to the history books he was a man of great ability."\\
"So was Bluebeard."\\
"And considerable popularity, it would seem."\\
"So was Bluebeard."\\
"A very fine soldier, too," Grant said wickedly, and waited. "No Bluebeard offers?"
* TheSummation: Grant writes out the pros and cons of the main two suspects in the boys' murders.
* WriterOnBoard: It will not surprise anyone to know that Josephine Tey thought Richard III to be a much-maligned man.
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