Josephine Tey’s Golden Age (Queens of Crime at War 4)

Something happened to the Scottish writer during WW2 that made her want to write mysteries again.

This is the fourth episode of Queens of Crime at War, a six part series looking at what the best writers from the golden age of detective fiction did once that period came to an end with the start of the Second World War.

Thanks to my guest, Jennifer Morag Henderson. You can find out more about her work at and pre-order the new edition of Josephine Tey: A Life at all good booksellers.

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There are no spoilers in this episode.

Books referenced:
The Man in the Queue by Gordon Daviot aka Josephine Tey
— A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey
Richard of Bordeaux by Gordon Daviot aka Josephine Tey
Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey
Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey
To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey
The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey

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