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To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

A Shilling for Candles - Josephine Tey, Robert Barnard

"If you look and act like a million dollars they’ll lick your boots. But you let them suspect that you don’t think much of yourself and they’re on you like ants on a dying wasp."


I read "A Shilling for candles" because it is the book of the Month at the English Mysteries Club (Goodreads Group) and I enjoyed it.

I didn't know this author or her mystery novels with the Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant. She is not famous in my country and I didn't find her books in libraries or bookstores around here. I only read it because I found this site: http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/t/tey/josephine/

I don't know why I didn't like the main character, the inspector Alan Grant, but the seconds that keep my interest like the lovely Erica Burgoyne.


There is a classic black and white movie The Girl Was Young (1937) directed by Alfred Hitchcock based on the this novel. I love Hitchcock movies but not this one.


Next, I'll try The Daughter of Time and Brat Farrar.


See you soon ;)