Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey: A Review by Warren Bull
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Miss Pym Disposes, written by Josephine Tey, was published in 1948. It was the third of Tey’s novels. Of course, Elizabeth MacKintosh AKA Josephine Tey, had previously written under the name of Gordon Daviot, best known as a playwright. Once Tey entered the world, Daviot faded away.
The novel is a demonstration of excellence in writing. The novel is set in a girls’ physical education college, rather than somewhere exotic. The observer is the writer of a popular psychology book who gives a lecture at the request of an old friend who is now Principal of the college. Tey takes the reader along at a leisurely pace, giving her reader the chance to get to know and care about students and staff. The everyday events held my interest because of the quality of the writing. The murder happens well past the mid point of the book. It is even more shocking than if it had occurred early on.
Each character is fleshed out and interesting on her own. I was concerned about every one. I give this novel my highest recommendation.