Miss Pym Disposes

Miss Pym Disposes Alternate Cover Edition can be found here To Lucy Pym author of a best seller on Psychology the atmosphere at the college where she is lecturing is heavy with tension Beneath the so normal surface r

  • Title: Miss Pym Disposes
  • Author: Josephine Tey
  • ISBN: 9780684847511
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alternate Cover Edition can be found here To Lucy Pym, author of a best seller on Psychology, the atmosphere at the college where she is lecturing is heavy with tension Beneath the so normal surface run sinister undercurrents of rivalry and jealousy Then comes tragedy An accident Or is it murder Respectable, law abiding Miss Pym discovers some vital evidence but shAlternate Cover Edition can be found here To Lucy Pym, author of a best seller on Psychology, the atmosphere at the college where she is lecturing is heavy with tension Beneath the so normal surface run sinister undercurrents of rivalry and jealousy Then comes tragedy An accident Or is it murder Respectable, law abiding Miss Pym discovers some vital evidence but should she reveal it
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    • Rachel Hall says:

      Having seen Josephine Tey recommended as one of the generation of golden age crime writers that often goes underread and is not given the credit she deserves, I was keen to read some of her work after several enjoyable experiences with Agatha Christie. Miss Pym Disposes is my starting point and is not strictly a crime novel in the traditional sense, with the fateful incident that comes to define it part accident and not occurring until eighty percent of the way through the novel, although the bu [...]

    • Kim says:

      First published in 1946, this novel isn't a conventional murder mystery and doesn't feature Tey's detective Inspector Alan Grant. Rather, the Miss Pym of the title serves the function of detective, without actually being one - either amateur or professional - at all. Rather, she's a high school teacher turned best-selling author of a pop psychology book who visits an old friend who is now the principal of a women's physical training college. Miss Pym becomes interested in the lives and personali [...]

    • Tracey says:

      By this point in my reread of Josephine Tey it's more than clear that she did not write ordinary books. The cover blurb clearly gives out that Disposes is a murder mystery, but the story is in no rush to do anyone in. And that is brilliant, and cruel. We are introduced to Miss Pym, and become friends. It didn't take long at all to come to care about her – still surprised and honestly delighted at her completely unanticipated fame and relative fortune, at her still-new ability to go wherever an [...]

    • Tijana says:

      Ludo zabavna knjiga. Nominalno, ovo je krimić, ali zločin se desi tek negde na tri četvrtine knjige i odmah je jasno (čitaocima, ne pripovedačici) ko je počinilac - ali ne zbog nekakvih gusto posejanih nagoveštaja nego zbog motivacije likova koja je vrlo brižljivo razrađena u prethodne tri četvrtine teksta.U međuvremenu možemo da uživamo u:a) retko zabavnoj junakinji - gđica Pim je usedelica koja je bukvalno slučajno napisala bestseler iz oblasti popularne psihologije, retko duhov [...]

    • Jeanette says:

      Wow, just wow! I thought Daughter of Time was the masterpiece. Now I'm not so sure. What a loss that this incredible wit and writer of the most subtle social psychology aware mystery crossover was gone so quickly. No plot summary here. Girls and young women being full humans with barely any love interest in the mix at all. Tey was 80 years ahead of her own time. At least. Oh yes, it does plod- uphill all the way. It was very good when I was almost 30, better when I was just past 50 and great now [...]

    • Faith Spinks says:

      According to the cover of the book "Josephine Tey is one of the best known and best loved of all crime writers." She is "the classic mystery writer." Yet I had never heard of her or her books before this recommendation, and by halfway through the book I was still waiting for a crime to happen and the biggest mystery to me was why I was still reading.I think your impression of any book you read has a lot to do with your expectations ahead of ever turning that first page. I had been recommended th [...]

    • Suzanne says:

      Josephine Tey is not as well known today as others from the Golden Age of mysteries, which is a shame. This is not one of her best works, but none of her works is less than "good." I won't repeat the plot; others have done that. I would not compare this work with "Gaudy Night." Other than the fact that it takes place in a school, there is no comparison, and even the school setting is not the same. What it does compare with, very strongly, is Agatha Christie's "Cat Among the Pigeons," which was p [...]

    • Emma Rose Ribbons says:

      This is excellent and utterly different from anything I've read before. The psychological study is minute, the humour sharp and quotable, the characters detached yet devatastingly human. I don't know what to call this insofar as this is as much a character study of various female students in the forties as it is a mystery novel that advocates applied psychology and body language reading to solve crimes. It is a good whodunnit (though I'd guessed the final twist, it was still quite smart) but it' [...]

    • Morgan Gallagher says:

      If this had been the first book I'de ever read, by Josephine Tey, I'd never had read another one. The reader should be aware this is not representative of her usual work.It was, in terms of language, well written, although missing some of Tey's usually faultless description. The characters were very well drawn, one of Tey's greatest strengths. However the narrative oh, the narrative! Editors failed Tey in allowing this one to pass. For a whodunnit it takes FOREVER to get to the crime. And I mean [...]

    • Jemidar says:

      This is not so much a murder mystery than a 'psychological' study of the inhabitants of a women's Phys. Ed. college in post war Britain by Miss Pym, a visiting author of a successful pop psychology book. Having said that, there is a crime committed but it comes very late in the book and the main concern seems to be not in the solving of the crime (although it is solved) but with the moral issues surrounding it.Tey herself attended a PE college and taught it before becoming a writer so it is fami [...]

    • Leslie says:

      Witty, sharp, and very well-written. Tey is less interested in writing a mystery novel than in using the conventions of the mystery novel to examine time, place, and character. And to throw out a few questions. How much do we really know about other people? Is it possible to read character on the face and in the body? And where are we to find first causes? The attempt to assign responsibility and to understand the causation of human behaviour is fruitless; in this story, Miss Pym is able to to t [...]

    • Carla Estruch says:

      Reseña completa en Fábulas estelares.La señorita Pym y sus disposiciones han resultado ser una auténtica sorpresa. Me esperaba una novela al uso a lo Agatha Christie y al final ha sido todo muy psicológico, gimnástico y entrañable.

    • Jamie Collins says:

      This is a nice little story, although it isn’t much of a mystery, certainly not to the extent that the blurb on the back cover implies. The “fatal accident” doesn’t occur until well into the last half of the book, and is not hard for the reader to see through. This is sedately paced and mildly amusing, and it notably has an almost entirely female cast.According to the brief bio of Tey, also on the cover, she “worked as a physical trainer before publishing her first novel in 1929”. Th [...]

    • tom bomp says:

      I've gone back and forth on my thoughts of this a lot. First, it's not a traditional mystery - the thing doesn't happen for ages and there's very little detecting. There's a few instances of nasty casual racism just randomly dropped in. The "main" story is weird.I liked the writing and characterisation a lot - they're very good for a genre novel. I liked that the characters were almost all women. I found the description of life in a physical education college surprisingly interesting. I felt pre [...]

    • Poonam says:

      I have read only one another book by Josephine Tey, it was Daughter of Time. I thought it was very impressive work of research and logical reasoning about Richard III. Jospehine Tey is one of the pen names of a very private Scottish writer, Elizabeth Mackintosh. Miss Pym Disposes, evidently, is inspired by author's own experience of attending a Physical training college, which is same as Leys where the plot of the book is set. Characters are built with love and care and plot is made to thicken s [...]

    • trishtrash says:

      Invited by an old school friend to give a lecture on psychology at a girl’s athletic college, Miss Pym - one of the most approachable fictional mystery-solvers that I’ve ever read – discovers a sinister undercurrent to the driven but seemingly normal surface life of the girls and staff. If Miss Pym is hardly a ‘detective’ in the usual sense, the crime itself is also almost beside the point of the novel; for much of the book, we see hardly any hint of anything amiss at Ley’s, and are [...]

    • Graeme Roberts says:

      A small masterpiece of a mystery,Miss Pym Disposes is unconventional in several ways. Setting of the scene, meticulous and entrancing in both the splendid cast of characters and the locale, takes most of book, while the crime and its resolution occurs in last quarter. The eponymous Miss Lucy Pym is a thoughtful, sensitive, and kind visitor to an all-female college of physical culture in pre-war England. She comes to give a lecture based on her new psychology book, but stays on with the encourage [...]

    • Lady Shockley says:

      Miss Pym Disposes is not a conventional murder mystery, no matter what the blurbs tell you. Miss Pym, the surprise successful author of a pop psychology book goes to Ley's school at the request of her school-friend Henrietta, where she is to guest lecture the young women. Intrigued by the students, their youth and vitality, she extends her stay, helping out here and there. While proctoring a final exam, she foils a possible cheater, which leads to a rather shocking turn of events. Interestingly, [...]

    • Bonnie G says:

      I took this book to England with me and it was the perfect choice! The setting is a girls' school in a British small village, much like the ones I experienced. Miss Pym is a charming character that I used to follow faithfully, then forgot about. I like Tey's stories because they hold a mystery, but you don't realize what the mystery is until you have met and known all the characters. I think this book's main event didn't occur until 2/3rds into it. Then Miss Pym defies the logical denouement for [...]

    • Ann Sloan says:

      Josephine Tey was a pseudonym used by Elizabeth Mackintosh, a Scots author best known for her mystery novels. Josephine was her mother's first name and Tey the surname of an English grandmother. She was born in Inverness on 25 July 1896.She published her most successful novels in the 40’s - The Franchise Affair (1946) and Brat Farrar (1949). She was an intensely private person; she shunned photographers and publicity and gave no interviews to the press, was deeply reserved, and was “proud wi [...]

    • Danielle says:

      This novel should not really be called a "mystery"--it is, I suppose, in a way, but ultimately, it is a comedy of manners with a mystery to tie it all together.I like quiet books--books that are about concerned with somewhat boring subjects; books that aren't all action and climaxes and blood and gore. I think that when an author can take an ordinary subject, a quiet topic, an almost sleepy matter, and make it not-ordinary, not-quiet, not-sleepy: therein lies the true writer's talent. Life isn't [...]

    • Mariano Hortal says:

      Qué absurdo me suele parecer el esfuerzo de algunas editoriales con elogiar los autores que publican poniendo a parir los que sacan otras de similares características; aquí Hoja de Lata viene a decir que todo el Detection club era muy convencional en cuanto a tramas (sigh) y claro, Tey era la más original con respecto a todo el club; lo cual demuestra un desconocimiento importante por su parte que se solucionaría con conocer un poco de la obra de Berkeley, Sayers, Bentley, Crispin y compañ [...]

    • Ellie says:

      For those who have missed my other reviews of the amazing Josephine Tey I will once again sing the praises of this outstanding writer-not just mystery writer but writer writer set in a somewhat different milieu than Tey's usual country estate/small English town. It takes place in the world of academia and begins as an ordinary misdeed that blooms into murder.Tey is a master at taking simple plot and handling them with brilliant ease that transforms them into outstanding, absorbing mystery novels [...]

    • Jeff Miller says:

      Really 4.5 stars.In some ways it reminded me of Dorothy Sayers "Gaudy Night" in the setting. Although quite a different book where it is not towards the latter part where the mystery unfolds and becomes more of a mystery novel. With a writer of this talent it is amazing that a mystery book could be like this and you just hung on the story of the various observations through the eyes of Miss Pym. Quite amusing and parts that had me laugh out loud while also dealing with serious moral matters.The [...]

    • Gabi Coatsworth says:

      An odd book. I'd never read anything by Josephine Tey and thought I should. It takes place in a training college for female gym teachers, for a start. That's odd, and so is the fact that the chief protagonist is the author of a book who goes to visit the college and stays on for a couple of weeks because she likes the girl students. Just saying. Nothing about this book was convincing. I may try something else by her because she must have developed her very good reputation for some good books, su [...]

    • Laura says:

      Free download at Project Gutenberg AustraliaA quite enjoyable reading for a Saturday afternoon.5* The Daughter of Time4* The Franchise Affair3* The Singing Sands4* Brat Farrar4* A Schilling for Candles4* The Man in the Queue4* To Love and Be Wise3* Miss Pym Disposes

    • Robin Stevens says:

      The greatest crime novel OF ALL TIME.* *(I think)

    • Daisy Madder says:

      Less a classic whodunnit, and more of a period portrait of an English summer at a girls' school of the sort that makes me long for the 'good old days' that never were

    • Isabel Keats says:

      Muy entretenida también, aunque en este caso sí imaginé lo que iba a pasar. Definitivamente, seguiré leyendo a esta autora.

    • Yune says:

      I wouldn't recommend this as an introduction to Tey's works; it's only my second, and I came away disquieted although I could see all the strengths that shone through in the other one that I read (The Franchise Affair). That said, it's sort of marvelously invasive into your thoughts after you've turned the last page and set the book down. I've concluded that the author isn't a mystery writer, as she's sometimes called, but rather someone deeply interested in human reactions to criminal situation [...]

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