Miss Pym Disposes

Miss Pym Disposes

Book - 1946
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Leys Physical Training College was famous for its excellent discipline and Miss Lucy Pym was pleased and flattered to be invited to give a psychology lecture there. But she had to admit that the health and vibrant beauty of the students made her feel just a little inadequate. Then there was a nasty accident -- and suddenly Miss Pym was forced to apply her agile intellect to the unpleasant fact that among all those impressively healthy bodies someone had a very sick mind...
Publisher: London : P. Davies, 1946
ISBN: 9780140047035
0140047034
9780432165058
0432165053
9780749310622
0749310626
Branch Call Number: F TEY NVD

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EuSei Sep 11, 2015

She wondered if all actors were like that. Perambulating spheres of atmosphere with a little actor safely cocooned at the heart of each. How nice it must be, so cushioned and safe from harsh reality. They weren’t really born at all; they were still floating in some pre-natal fluid. (Miss Pym’s musings are, in my view, the best description of this race of self-absorbed zombies: actors!)

EuSei Sep 11, 2015

I like everything about the English except their clothes, their winter, and their teeth. (Teresa Desterro, the “Brazilian” student known among her peers as Nut Tart—in an allusion to brazil nuts.)

EuSei Sep 11, 2015

No, it would need French to do it justice. Some distilled essence of amiable cynicism. Some pretty little blasting phrase. (Miss Pym thinking of a way to explain “freckles” in German to a Swedish lady …)

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EuSei Sep 11, 2015

Another very well written story by Josephine Tey. Miss Lucy Pym is a most unusual sleuth. She is soft and feminine and round and pink! Pym, an ex-French instructor, inherited a little bit of money and retired to a life of leisure. She read a “book on psychology out of curiosity”; then “she read all the rest to see if they were just as silly.” (Smart girl!) “In fact, the thirty-seven volumes seemed to her so idiotic and made her so angry that she sat down there and then and wrote reams of refutal.” And so, she became a best-seller author. Just don’t expect a crime committed at the beginning and be patient. The story slowly unwinds when Miss Pym is invited by by her old school friend, Henrietta Hodge, to be guest lecturer at Lays, a girls’ physical training college. There is a lot of daily routine explained—bells ringing at 5:30 am, and, horror of horrors: the “healthy” food served at meals—but Miss Pym stays and much longer than she had originally planned. Then an accident happens… And that is when she discovers that: “As a psychologist she was a first-rate teacher of French”! Highly satisfying, worth reading book.

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Jul 13, 2012

Tey once again elevates murder mysteries beyond the pitfalls of the genre by writing well-developed characters and focusing on the psychology of how they interact. Lovely!

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