To Love and Be Wise
By Josephine Tey
(Touchstone, Paperback, 9780684006314, 224pp.)
Publication Date: August 18, 1998
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Literary sherry parties were not Alan Grant's cup of tea. But when the Scotland Yard Inspector arrived to pick up actress Marta Hallard for dinner, he was struck by the handsome young American photographer, Leslie Searle. Author Lavinia Fitch was sure her guest "must have been something very wicked in ancient Greece," and the art colony at Salcott St. Mary would have agreed. Yet Grant heard nothing more of Searle until the news of his disappearance. Had Searle drowned by accident or could he have been murdered by one of his young women admirers? Was it a possible case of suicide or had the photographer simply vanished for reasons of his own?
Josephine Tey is considered one of the greatest mystery writers of all time. She died in 1952.
San Francisco Chronicle
Nobody can beat Miss Tey at characterization or elegance of style; this novel's a beauty.
The Times Literary Supplement (London) Worth reading for its ingenious denouement alone.