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The Expensive Halo

The Expensive Halo by Josephine Tey

ISBN10: 0432165029
ISBN13: 978-0432165027
Author: Josephine Tey
Book title: The Expensive Halo
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd; New Impression edition (June 12, 1967)
Language: English
Category: Contemporary
Size PDF: 1913 kb
Size ePub: 1292 kb
Size Fb2: 1555 kb
Rating: 4.5/5
Votes: 427
Pages: 288 pages

The Expensive Halo by Josephine Tey

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In this comedy of social contrasts, set in London during the heady 20s, rich, bored Ursula Deane falls for a penniless violinist whose sister becomes the object of the attentions of Ursula's brother, Lord Chitterne. Josephine Tey, who died in 1952, is best known for her crime novels.


Self-sacrifice does not happiness bring. There are two ladies in this story that sacrifice their own happiness for that of those they love. One wonders why it must be so. Ms. Tey shows that she has a very good understanding of life, especially as concerns the mother of Gareth and Sara. This is a well written story indeed.

Rated 3 or 4 stars in comparison to other books. Compared to other books by Tey, this rates one star. Hard to believe that Josephine Tey wrote this book. The quality of the writing in The Expensive Halo is far below that in The Man in the Queue. The Expensive Halo was published in 1931; the Man in the Queue in 1929. Tey's writing in other books is clear and clean, economical but rich, for maximum impact. This book is cluttered with far too many "it was," "he was," "she was," "they were," and other examples of sloppy writing. Careless typesetting leaves it unclear which character is speaking in several dialogues.

Up to now, I liked Daughter of Time best, but this one was wonderful. A lovely feeling of doom hanging over it, and then, persons doing their best to do the right thing. I wish Josephine Tey had lived much longer and written many more.

My only regret is that Josephine Tey wrote so few mystery novels. Have read them all. My favorite is "Miss Pym Disposes".

it is a great read for a historic feel of the time. Very very reflective of the changing class makeup of England, prewar. Also, shows that our grandmothers and great grandmothers weren't the quiet little virgins everyone thinks they were. At least those that were well to do. The vast differences between the wealthy and the poor, even though with jobs, comes through. Family dynamics, everything! Also, it's like a good bit of gossip from a long ago era.

Dependable as Tey always is although I found it lacking some of the intellectual suspense so brilliantly done in others

Not the usual Tey story but it's a good read.

Different fare for Josephine Tey. A fable? Yes. A novel that feels more like a free verse poem.