|Grant's portrait of Richard III|
It's a great book and very fun to read, but don't be too swayed by Tey's partisanship for Richard. I'd like to note, by the way, that she falls for some Tonypandy at one point, referring to "the mad Juana of Spain" -- and as we now know, Juana wasn't mad at all, though I can't blame Tey for not knowing that!
The Murders of Richard III riffs on Tey's famous novel. Jacqueline Kirby, Elizabeth Peters' wonderful librarian detective, ends up at a country house weekend with a pack of pro-Richard enthusiasts. They repeat the same arguments that Tey used, and they have also taken on the parts of historical characters. Someone starts attacking people (non-lethally), re-enacting the deaths of 500 years ago--so that for example the fellow playing the Duke of Clarence, who "drowned in a butt of malmsey," is knocked out and awakens upside-down in an empty wine barrel. As panic sets in, Jacqueline is the only one to keep her cool and see through the pretense to the real danger! Good stuff.
Also there's a nice line that I like very much:
"I know a little bit, but not enough, about everything," said Jacqueline. "I'm a librarian, remember?"Which pretty much sums up why I'm a librarian--I like knowing a little bit about everything, but I haven't got the attention span to know everything about anything.