Reading progress update: I've read 135 out of 256 pages.

The Man In The Queue - Josephine Tey

Grant went in to Barker and said, ‘I’m going fishing in Scotland for a day or two.’

‘There are more comfortable places than Scotland for hiding your diminished head,’ said Barker, who knew all about the arrest that had side-slipped.

‘May be, but the fishing isn’t so good. That’s my approximate address. Two days will do me, I expect.’

‘Taking anyone along?’


‘I think you’d better. Think for a moment what a Highland rural policeman is like.’

‘He can always kill the fish by falling on it – but I don’t think it will come to that. I may want someone to take the fish to London, though.’

‘All right. When are you going?’

‘I’m going with the seven-thirty from King’s Cross tonight, and I’ll be in Inverness before ten tomorrow morning. After that I’ll advise you.’

I have so many questions about this...but they will all need to wait until my Tey biography becomes available at the library.


What does strike me tho, is how much even rail travel has both improved and stayed the same over the last century. You can still make the journey from King's Cross to Inverness quite comfortably on a train, but instead of taking more than a day, the journey now can take as "little" as 8 hours by direct train. Whereas, I understand from Tey's descriptions here that her characters (and Tey herself) needed to change at Waverley.