The Singing Sands

The Singing Sands

Josephine Tey / Sep 22, 2019

The Singing Sands On sick leave from Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant is planning a quiet holiday with an old school chum to recover from overwork and mental fatigue Traveling on the night train to Scotland however

  • Title: The Singing Sands
  • Author: Josephine Tey
  • ISBN: 9780425029480
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • On sick leave from Scotland Yard, Inspector Alan Grant is planning a quiet holiday with an old school chum to recover from overwork and mental fatigue Traveling on the night train to Scotland, however, Grant stumbles upon a dead man and a cryptic poem about the stones that walk and the singing sand, which send him off on a fascinating search into the verse s meaningOn sick leave from Scotland Yard, Inspector Alan Grant is planning a quiet holiday with an old school chum to recover from overwork and mental fatigue Traveling on the night train to Scotland, however, Grant stumbles upon a dead man and a cryptic poem about the stones that walk and the singing sand, which send him off on a fascinating search into the verse s meaning and the identity of the deceased Grant needs just this sort of casual inquiry to quiet his jangling nerves, despite his doctor s orders But what begins as a leisurely pastime eventually turns into a full blown investigation that leads Grant to discover not only the key to the poem but the truth about a most diabolical murder

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        Josephine Tey was a pseudonym of Elizabeth Mackintosh Josephine was her mother s first name and Tey the surname of an English Grandmother As Josephine Tey, she wrote six mystery novels including Scotland Yard s Inspector Alan Grant.The first of these, The Man in the Queue 1929 was published under the pseudonym of Gordon Daviot, whose name also appears on the title page of another of her 1929 novels, Kit An Unvarnished History She also used the Daviot by line for a biography of the 17th century cavalry leader John Graham, which was entitled Claverhouse 1937 Mackintosh also wrote plays both one act and full length , some of which were produced during her lifetime, under the pseudonym Gordon Daviot The district of Daviot, near her home of Inverness in Scotland, was a location her family had vacationed The name Gordon does not appear in either her family or her history.Elizabeth Mackintosh came of age during World War I, attending Anstey Physical Training College in Birmingham, England during the years 1915 1918 Upon graduation, she became a physical training instructor for eight years In 1926, her mother died and she returned home to Inverness to care for her invalid father Busy with household duties, she turned to writing as a diversion, and was successful in creating a second career Alfred Hitchcock filmed one of her novels, A Shilling for Candles 1936 as Young and Innocent in 1937 and two other of her novels have been made into films, The Franchise Affair 1948 , filmed in 1950, and Brat Farrar 1949 , filmed as Paranoiac in 1963 In addition a number of her works have been dramatised for radio.Her novel The Daughter of Time 1951 was voted the greatest mystery novel of all time by the Crime Writers Association in 1990.Miss Mackintosh never married, and died at the age of 55, in London A shy woman, she is reported to have been somewhat of a mystery even to her intimate friends While her death seems to have been a surprise, there is some indication she may have known she was fatally ill for some time prior to her passing.


    1. The Singing Sands is a manuscript that was found among Josephine Tey’s papers after she died in February 1952, and was published later that same year. It is therefore the conclusion of her Inspector Alan Grant series, and the end of what has been a wonderful reading experience for me.In 2012, English journalist and author Peter Hitchens wrote that, "Josephine Tey's clarity of mind, and her loathing of fakes and of propaganda, are like pure, cold spring water in a weary land", and “what she l [...]

    2. Excellent mystery and atmospheric settings in Scotland, I will be reading more of the intrepid Inspector Alan Grant.

    3. Josephine Tey is the pseudonym for Elizabeth Mackintosh (1896-1952). Both a playwright (under the pseudonym Gordon Daviot) and novelist and due to a fierce predilection to keeping her life private, little is known about this author. She guarded her life jealously, avoided the press, side-stepped photographers, and never did any interviews. Biographers for the most part are therefore fairly well pissed-off about the whole secretive thing.And that's actually why Tey's novels are a bit of a game wi [...]

    4. Quite a few murder mysteries begin with their victim alive, just long enough that the reader comes to know and like him. (I hate that.) With The Singing Sands, the victim is dead from the beginning, but I still got to know and like him through the course of the book, even as Alan Grant did. (I hate that too, but at least there's a requiem feeling about it here.) Much as with Daughter of Time, Alan is laid up and in need of something to take him outside himself. Here, though, Alan is on medical l [...]

    5. Sadly Tey wrote only eight mysteries, and this is her last, published posthumously. I don't think it's among her best. I'd rate it perhaps sixth out of the eight, but it's still a great read, and stands out as a character study of her detective, Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard.When he first appeared in The Man in the Queue he struck me as rather bland especially compared to such sleuths as Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot and Lord Peter Wimsey. With the possible exception of The Daughter of [...]

    6. In my opinion, this is the best mystery written by Josephine Tey. It is sad for me to think of it being published posthumously. Every word and its placement was chosen with brilliance as well as a compelling drive to confirm life and humanity in all its truth, good and bad. Pretty lofty thinking, eh? Darn, but I am afraid to pick up my next book - as nothing will compare to this one. I did check this out from my library in pristine paperback condition from Touchstone. I only mention this as my e [...]

    7. A light easy read & ideal to complete a year of reading. There are a few slow portions, but they are in the 1st half. Get through them, and it picks up to a fun end.The book is very atmospheric and is mostly set in Tey's home world - the northern portion of Scotland and the Hebrides. There really is two stories to this: Inspector Grant's recovery from mental exhaustion, and a death. The 1st half is more about the recovery of our hero & this is the part that I found slow at time. It's not [...]

    8. I loved this story. The panic attacks that afflict Alan Grant are just so affecting. His desperate need for time off work - and his retreat to the Scottish Highlands - are the catalyst for an investigation of the death of a passenger on the same overnight train. Grant inadvertedly picks up a newspaper and later finds it belongs to the deceased. A scribble in the blank Stop Press section intrigues him: a line of verse that mentions singing sands and talking beasts.It appears the deceased met his [...]

    9. The mystery is subsidiary and unfortunately the solution relies on a letter of exposition from the perpetrator, so that was a bit disappointing butJosephine Tey is simply one of the best writers I've ever come across. I'm sad that I'm almost finished with her books, because they are RICH in imagery and language. One feels merged with Alan Grant as a character, able to explore all the nooks and crannies of his mind.In this installment, Inspector Alan Grant is ordered by his physician to take some [...]

    10. A beautifully written and well balanced little mystery following Inspector Grant in his holidays to Scotland, recouperating from illness/injury and investigating a mystery which falls into his lap when doing so. There is in this a very similar set-up to 'The Daughter of Time' by the same author, though in this case the crime was more current and (1950s, when it was written) contemporary. As pleasant a read, I'd say that the quality wring was scattered throughout, but that the central narrative f [...]

    11. 'The Singing Sands' is most assuredly a classic page turning puzzler chock full of twists and turns, adventure, cryptic messages, nefarious characters, mistaken identities, and exotic intrigue. This novel is a classic 'whodunnit' from a true 'mistress of the golden age', Josephine Tey. It is a page turner so well described and so well plotted, that the reader almost forgets he/ she is reading, and not watching the flicker of celluloid on the big screen! Excellent!! Go see it ( I mean 'read it')! [...]

    12. I was feeling homesick, so I downloaded this novel because of its references to the Outer Hebrides, and its rather evocative front cover. As a mystery, it's not bad. Who is the dead man on the train, and what does the mysterious verse mean? Inspector Alan Grant, on holiday in Scotland, determines to find out in an investigation that takes him out west, to an island based on Barra, where the plane flies in and lands on the sand. Though not the singing sand.And then – oh my fucking God! Fair eno [...]

    13. Inspector Alan Grant’s nerves are frayed and he needs to get away from Scotland Yard for some rest and recreation. He leaves by train to visit his cousin and her husband on their farm in Scotland, planning on fishing the local waters and relaxing. His future activities are altered when he discovers the dead body of a young man on the train. Grant’s investigative instincts kick in and he uses the lines from a poem the young man had written about THE SINGING SANDS to find out who the deceased [...]

    14. I read mystery books not for blood and gore, but for atmosphere and suspense. The Singing Sands, like Tey's other books, is very well-written and provides a contemporary glimpse into another place and time: 1950-ish Scotland. As always, the characters are intriguing and the story is suspenseful. Note that this not a traditional mystery in the sense that the clues are all provided fairly early in the narrative. The reader's deductive powers are still put to good use.

    15. Minor spoilers here but nothing about the mystery itselfI did not enjoy this book. It's not a typical mystery - the death occurs in the first few pages but it's not for a long time that it's thought of as in any way interesting or suspicious. And until you get to this point you get a very unconvincing story of a holiday in Scotland. That's full of hatred of Scotland and Scottish people - or at least highland ones, ones from Glasgow and god help you if you speak Gaelic. The anti-Scot thing is the [...]

    16. Tey's five Alan Grant novels (six if you count The Franchise Affair, in which he makes a brief appearance or two) are each quite different from the next. The Singing Sands, the last of them, is no exception. It gives the impression of having been stitched together using two quite different ideas Tey had for a novel: the one a comedy about the people of the Hebrides, the other a sort of John Buchanesque plot about the mystical lost city of Wabar, the Shangri-La of the Arabian desert. Holding all [...]

    17. I found this book astonishing and not in a good way. I understand the ms was found among Josephine Tey's papers after she died - in 1952, I believe. I think her publishers should have left it there. It's a bitter little book, threaded through with the most appalling prejudice against Scots and all things Scottish. This is all the more unpleasant when Josephine Tey was herself Scottish. So was her fictional detective.Over the last few days since I finished The Singing Sands I've really swithered [...]

    18. Every time I read a book by Josephine Tey I think, "This is my favorite mystery by Tey!" Well, this one so far is my favorite.Inspector Alan Grant is on leave due to burn out and an unexpected development of claustrophobia due to work stress. He is traveling by train to Scotland where he plans to relax with a cousin's family and fish. In his compartment on the train he fights a burning desire to open the door to escape an ever growing feeling of strangulation.Finally, he comes to his stop and wa [...]

    19. I went on a little mystery jag. I liked The Man in the Queue, so I checked out The Singing Sands next. I didn't know it at the time, but it so happens that "Queue" was her first book and "Sands" was her last. Given that time lapse, I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't more character development of Inspector Grant. She tried in some token ways--he's had a nervous breakdown, we meet his relatives in Scotland--but there is no real internal change or growth, though he has some opportunity to d [...]

    20. I discovered this book, when my mum gleefully thrust it into my hands, following the Christmas celebrations on boxing day. ‘You’ll like this’ I was told and I indeed devoured it. Every bit as wonderful as Agatha Christie, Josephine Tey born Elizabeth Mackintosh, wrote her first novel in 1929. Many of her mysteries were not published until after the second world war but her style is so modern that at first I was not aware she was a contemporary of Christie’s.The main protagonist, Inspecto [...]

    21. Having heard all my life of Josephine Tey, it is only now that I've gotten around to reading one of her books, and it happens to be the one mystery novel of her six to have been published posthumously.Her prose is good quality stuff, nicely paced and evocative. Her characters are amusing and her attitude is thoroughly English. "The quality of Scotchness was a highly concentrated essence, and should always be diluted. As an ingredient it was admirable; neat, it was as abominable as ammonia."I've [...]

    22. Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard is travelling to the Highlands on leave, but a mystery awaits him on the sleeper.Free download at Project Gutenberg Australia

    23. For me this was the best of the Inspector Grant series. Absorbing, compelling, and written effortlessly by a master of her craft. Wonderful.

    24. I havent read any of the Detective Alan Grant books before and , I thought that this was my first by this author.Maybe my lack of any previous knowledge about this Scotland Yard detective could have been the main obstacle to getting into the story and my lack of feeling or concern about the main characters.The detective is on sick leave after what sounds like a breakdown and is heading to Scotland by train to stay with his cousin. My mental picture was a cross between Robert Donat's Richard Hann [...]

    25. An enjoyable romp through the early 1950s with Inspector Grant, who takes sick leave and on his journey to Scotland to stay with a cousin, encounters a dead body on the sleeper train. He's not on duty, so it's not up to him to report and do the paperwork. The staff on the train do so, and an inquest finds that he was a Frenchman who died when he hit his head on the washbasin of his sleeper car. However, Grant keeps thinking about this

    26. I love Inspector Grant books! I'm so sad this particularly is finished! It was so lovely - most of took place in Scotland!

    27. What a pleasure to read this mystery. The writing was superb with just the right amount of extra detail to not be too cumbersome. Exquisite.

    28. I like Josephine Tey, I really do, even though she was another of those successful women writers of the 1940s and '50s who felt obliged to diss women in order to be taken seriously by the men in her field. She was creative, imaginative, and completely grounded in concrete, telling details---an absolute pro.And I do like this story, maybe because I love the mythical imagery of things that do things they aren't supposed to do: sands singing, stones walking, streams standing, beasts talking. But yo [...]

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