Robert Blair, a sober and respectable solicitor in an English market town, had an orderly life and an orderly law practice until his phone rang toward the end of one typically dull afternoon.The call came from an equally sedate local resident named Marion Sharpe, who was in trouble with the police of all things Blair, who only knew her by sight, suggested she try theRobert Blair, a sober and respectable solicitor in an English market town, had an orderly life and an orderly law practice until his phone rang toward the end of one typically dull afternoon.The call came from an equally sedate local resident named Marion Sharpe, who was in trouble with the police of all things Blair, who only knew her by sight, suggested she try the town s flamboyant low firm, but Marion persisted she needed help immediately and she wanted him Blair finally agreed to come, and thereby found himself involved in a struggle to clear the name of the most fascinating woman he had ever met.
The Franchise Affair Robert Blair a sober and respectable solicitor in an English market town had an orderly life and an orderly law practice until his phone rang toward the end of one typically dull afternoon The call
Named the 11th greatest mystery novel of all time in 1990 by the Crime Writer s Association, The Franchise Affair was written in 1948 This is the only Inspector Grant novel where there is no murder, and the first one where Inspector Grant plays a minor role For any mystery fan, this one is a treasure.Robert Blair is a lawyer in a small English town and used to dealing with wills, land transfers, and other small town legal concerns In his early 40 s, he is a bachelor and lives with his Aunt Lin w [...]
I ve been wanting to read this Tey title for a very long time , other than the reader sees very little of Inspector Grant, it did not disappoint This tale of the disappearance of a young girl her bizarre accusations against a mother daughter was very hard to put down and I wolfed through it in around 24 hours As it is a Golden Age you have to put up with an author s foibles, Ms Tey has the firm belief that you can tell a criminal by certain characteristics in this book eye colour Never mind Tey [...]
Josephine Tey is a Tory reactionary and a snob, but she writes like an angel This mystery novel of the English middle class at bay under the post WW II Labor party is almost as good as her The Daughter of Time and that is high praise indeed.
Actually, this is my second time with this book after having read it eons ago, and I enjoyed it much this time around, since I read it now with of a focus on character and postwar issues The Franchise Affair is just a perfect gem of a novel, based on the real life case of Elizabeth Canning in 1753 which you can read abouthere Moving the case into contemporary times, Tey updated this story to reflect various postwar concerns, asSarah Waters notes, looking at the moral panics about problem child [...]
Tremendously good read and I never expected that from the summary the tale of two women being framed for a brutal kidnapping seemed incredibly far fetched to me but I d loved Miss Pym Disposes by the same author so I thought I might as well see if the rest of her work was as good.Well, it is, and then some Her writing is astonishing The book isn t thick but the amount of detail she manages to put in is quite stupendous After reading a particularly well written passage, I often caught myself thin [...]
I really liked Brat Farrar and Miss Pym Disposes, so it s a shame I absolutely hated the next two books of Tey s I read In the first place, this book is not a mystery From the blurb, I expected something ambiguous, where we wouldn t be sure which party was telling the truth and would hopefully have an interesting journey finding out But no Right from the start, it is made very clear that the Sharpes are the salt of the earth, and the girl accusing them, a slutty fifteen year old whose eyes give [...]
This is most of my blog review agoldoffish.wordpress 2012I read this thinking throughout This book would make a fantastic movie I can t believe it hasn t been adapted it has everything But it has been filmed, in Hollywood in 1950 only on VHS at the moment co starring Patrick Troughton, which means I really want it The suspense throughout was amazingly well done even without a literal life being at risk at any point, the stakes were quite high enough, and my involvement with the protagonists was [...]
There s no subtlety in this book Betty Kane is, we re assured, rotten to the core, a completely nasty piece of work People who are good and decent recognize Betty Kane as a poisonous liar because of the color and or spacing of her eyes , people who are stupid and vacuous think she s a harmless little dear The mystery isn t really what happened to Betty so much as how to prove that she s a liar, which is to be accomplished in court so that the entire world can see that she s a liar and they were [...]
Ahhhh, that s better After a few disappointing reading choices of late, this well written mystery without a murder was just my drop It kept me engaged and interested to the very last Trouble is, it doesn t fit my usual mystery shelves we know whodunit what little was actually done , it s neither noir fiction nor a police procedural, as the police basically don t see there s a case It s about salvaging your reputation when you really are innocent, all indications to the contrary.Trial by press or [...]
When the author Louise Penny recommends a book as one of her top five mystery reads it is good to explore her choice THE FRANCHISE AFFAIR, penned in 1948, is a mysteryfreshingly so, not a murder mystery Beautifully written with much descriptive, very very British, far depth than a cozy A dusty relic on the library shelf
Josephine Tey was recommended to me as an excellent classic mystery author, and various online reviews of her work supported that view I chose The Franchise Affair as the first of her books to read based on the number of online references thereto and positive reviews thereof However it s not good rather, it is incredibly dated and, worse, terribly lazily written e.g her intelligent eyes and plotted Far too many things didn t ring true the protagonist lawyer s assumption that the Sharpes were inn [...]
An undemanding read and a clever mystery novel It portrays Britain in the 1940s and its idiosyncrasies very well The dilemmas of the impoverished middle classes who could not now afford servants are documented without judgement The story concerns a mother and her middle aged daughter who are accused of kidnapping and beating a 16 year old girl with a view to forcing her to work as a maid They are defended by a country solicitor who takes up their cause They are pilloried by the tabloid press an [...]
The first dark germ of The Little Stranger, however, came to me from another genre entirely The book has its origins in my response to a detective novel from 1948 The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey, a novel I first read than a decade ago, and which has fascinated and troubled me, in about equal measures, ever since Josephine Tey s novels have been sitting on my shelves for a while now, but it was Sarah Waters who finally make me pick this one up I m very glad that she did.The story opens in [...]
Marion Sharpe and her mother live in a house called The Franchise left to them by a distant relative They lead a quiet and uneventful life until they are confronted out of the blue by a young girl Betty Kane who accuses them of kidnapping her, keeping her locked in an attic room and beating her black and blue Something about the story doesn t ring quite true to Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard but everything about the girl s description of the house ties up and it seems as though she could [...]
I m strolling through Josephine Tey s mysteries in and between other books, having read them all many years ago.This one is an interesting reworking of a real case that happened in the 18th century, and is enjoyable There are a few jarring notes where individuals say they would like to beat up the girl who claims to have been abducted, beaten and held hostage, because the speaker believes she is lying There is a tone of no better than she ought to be and a looking down on someone seen as coming [...]
What a fascinating book to read in this day and age Just as we are having a discussion about believing survivors or rape and abuse, I read a novel in which the reader is invited to cordially hate and despise the accuser in a case of abuse Of course, it was written in the 1940s, and thus must be treated as a product of its time And it doesn t add much to the discussion of how a situation, in which it s the word of the accuser against the word of the accused should be treated In this book we re to [...]
This book is in a genre unto itself nationalist mystery or maybe, conservative mystery, or imperialist mystery One implies the others I suppose This might be a common genre common sense tells me it should be, because it would have sold well in that age , but this is the first book from the Golden Age of Mystery I have read that is so overtly vicious to liberalism and anti imperialism Coming from a country that was a British colony and from a century that recognises anti imperialism for the inevi [...]
SPOILERS AHEADI really like Josephine Tey and think her Daughter of Time one of the best and most original mysteries ever written I ordered it and the Franchise Affair and a couple of others in Kindle recently to have the pleasure of re reading old favourites All I can say is I must have been very young when I read The Franchise Affair, before the age of being politically aware of much, or surely I would have remembered the all pervading air of class and gender judgement Threaded throughout the [...]
I first read this book a few years ago but didn t appreciate how much I enjoyed it until I read it again recently.This is considered one of Tey s best novels and I can see why She writes in a straightforward, clear way, making her prose easy and enjoyable to read She knows her characters well and she knows human nature, treating us to snippets of back story as she goes along, so we get to know them in stages, as if they were real people We get inside their heads the main ones, anyway and this ad [...]
Josephine Tey here explores how to prove a negative Two English women genteel enough to be educated and living on an inheritance but not wealthy by the standards of their class are accused of kidnapping and beating an innocent looking adolescent girl because they cannot otherwise get a maid for their remote house In the process Tey gives a sympathetic but not uncritical view of smug English village life She is occasionally heavyhanded with a couple of her pet peeves the inane defense of the inde [...]
This was a sedate but somehow extremely lovely mystery set in a sleepy English town Two women stand accused of abducting a young girl, holding her hostage for a month in their crumbling old home the Franchise , and beating her severely when she refused to become their maid The women, who swear they ve never seen the girl before, reach out to a small town lawyer who s just beginning to realize how bored he is with his rather small and pleasant life He takes their case on instinct alone Most of th [...]
Well I finished The Franchise Affair and I have to sat it s the first time I have been driven to finish a book by shear disgust at the ideas it puts forwards I began to get a little uncomfortable both author ad charactors quite early into this novel but it was so well written that I decided to stick with it What carried my on to the end was disbelief that anyone could take this woman seriously.A friend passed this link on to spoiler alert theguardian books 2009It is a piece by Sarah Waters that [...]
Josephine Tey approaches Dorothy Sayers level of literate mysteries What I mean to say is, she s not just writing a whodunnit She s writing people, and they re pretty interesting.Although, I have to remark that out of three books of hers I ve read, she s at 100% for making wild generalizations about someone s character based on eye color, shape of the face, etc I thought the pseudo science of phrenology had been abandoned by this time, but I must be wrong.
One of my favorite Tey s a mystery that doesn t involve murder, but still immensely satisfying when view spoiler Marion Sharpe and her mother are cleared of all charges Especially since it also involves exposing Betty for the liar that she is hide spoiler
Tey does things with her apparently simple plots that no one, but no one else can manage A deliciously sly woman.
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An elderly mother and her daughter accused of kidnapping and beating a young woman turn to their solicitor for a defense.Book Review The Franchise Affair is unlike most mysteries, but charming and enjoyable nonetheless The mystery is not a murder or even much in the way of violence The detective is a rather staid solicitor and our ostensible hero, Inspector Grant, is a minor character at best The story is both compelling and predictable, but all the enjoyable for that There s also a pleasant hi [...]
This is my first Josephine Tey book Thanks to my friend, Orinioco Womble, for recommending it It is a mannered and very literate British mystery with entertaining characters I loved the way it ended The trouble with you, dear, is that you think of an angel of the Lord as a creature with wings, whereas he is probably a scruffy little man in a bowler hat.
How can I have forgotten this compelling plot I was about 10 pages into The Franchise Affair when I remembered that I had read this Josephine Tey mystery some 30 years ago But re reading it, I couldn t do any better in predicting the outcomes than I evidently did back then Terrific story, characterization What a book
Often regarded as one of the best mystery novels ever This novels bears some similarities to Agatha Christie novels of the 40 s I m a big Christie fan so this is right up my alley It s a rather cozy whodunit where the crime doesn t involve an actual murder but a beat down of a 15 year old girl in England Enjoyable and I intend to read of her mystery novels.