by Carol Westron
A large number of Golden Age cold cases rely on the fact that the investigators of the original murder have been mistaken in their conclusions. In Christie’s Sparkling Cyanide (1945) the coroner ruled that the death of Rosemary Barton was through suicide, due to post-flu depression; and in Sayers’ Murder Must Advertise (1933) the conclusion was that Victor Dean fell to his death by accident. In both cases, later investigation of their deaths depends upon the investigator talking to witnesses and fastening on the small details that at first seem irrelevant but in the end reveal the truth.
suggests that Alleyn gathers together all of those who were present at Mount Moon on the evening of Flossie’s
disappearance and listens to them talk about Flossie. The potential witnesses are still all at Mount Moon, apart from Flossie’s husband, Arthur, who died not long after her. Fabian is very eager that his idea is adopted:
The Daughter of Time was controversial when it was first published and remains controversial to this day, but few readers would deny that it is a magnificent work of detective fiction. In 2012, Peter Hitchens wrote that The Daughter of Time was ‘one of the most important books ever written’ (Mail on Sunday.) It has been described as ‘one of the permanent classics in the detective field.... one of the best, not of the year, but of all time’ (Anthony Boucher), and has been listed as number one on the CWA's Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time list and number four on the MWA's Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time list.