I have just finished reading a mystery by Josephine Tey called Daughter of Time. It is not exactly a new mystery, since it was written in the 1950's, but it is new to me. Also new to me is that my CDO is going in a new direction. I usually end up having to read everything an author wrote after I begin a different author, especially if I liked the book. I really did like the book, but am now trying to read everything I can about Richard III.
You see, this book is a piece of historical fiction in which the main character is trying to determine if Richard III actually murdered his nephews in the tower as commonly portrayed in history books. The author makes a good case for someone else to be the culprit, though I won't spoil it by telling you who just in case you want to read it (If you don't want to read the book, but want a summary, click on the title of this post).
I have been googling Richard III in an effort to find out if this information is accurate and the conclusion plausible, or if it was just a story with facts tweeked to justify the ending. It seems from my research that the facts check out, though other conclusions can be drawn besides the one the protagonist comes up with. I myself like the theory that they were sent abroad, and later executed upon return as "pretenders" (not the band). I am contemplating writing to a history professor I had when I was in college, and asking her opinion. How odd would that be? Would she realize I am CDO, or would she think it was perfectly natural to ask an expert in Tudor history her opinion on Henry VII's predecessor as if I was in her class last year instead of twenty years ago? Would she care that it is odd? I have always been odd, and she always seemed to like me. I can't expect her to remember me, though. I can only hope she likes odd people as a general rule, instead of me specifically. Maybe I should write a research paper on it, send it to her, and ask her to grade it with comments. That's it! That is what I will do! Thanks for reading.