A dark gloominess falls over the otherwise bright, sunny morning on the southern coast of England when the body of famous screen actress Christine Clay is found lying limp on the beach. Tangled in her hair is an article that screams murder. For Inspector Alan Grant, the case will become a nightmare of too many clues and too many motives, as the world is full of people who wanted Christine Clay dead. In her mysteries, Tey masterfully probes details of character and motivation. A Shilling for Candles continues to explore two major themes in her work: the persecution of the innocent and the fallibility of evidence. With the memorable continuing character of Inspector Grant and these profound themes, this and Tey’s other mysteries have gained timelessness.