The Franchise Affair

The Franchise Affair

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Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard is highly skeptical of a young woman's tale of her brutal kidnapping and imprisonment in a musty attic--until an enterprising young lawyer shines a light on some dark corners in The Franchise, a decrepit old country house. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : R. Bentley, 1981, c1949
ISBN: 9780837604466
083760446X
Branch Call Number: FIC Tey 92 1
Characteristics: 238 p. ; 22 cm

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lacbcsc
Nov 13, 2017

Delightful read.

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Catwriter
Jul 26, 2016

One of my favourite authors!
Inspector Grant, also featured in Tey's other mystery novels, and local solicitor Robert Blair work together to determine if Mrs Sharpe and her daughter Marion have kidnapped local girl Betty. We believe their innocence then maybe we don't. There are uncertainties.
But it's not just about the story line. It's the amazing writing, the character development, the use of language.
Unfortunately Josephine Tey (Elizabeth MacKintosh) left us with just 5 mystery novels. They are all wonderful literary works to savour repeatedly.

EuSei May 13, 2015

I enjoyed The Franchise Affair from the first to the last page; I was disappointed it ended! Very well written—unlike more modern books. In the middle of the book I was struck by the feeling that Miss Sharpe is Tey’s alter ego. No, not physically, exactly; just look at a picture of Tey and you will realize she would never live up to Marion’s mysterious beauty. Although Tey had a narrow face, just like her description of Marion’s, there the physical similarities ends. Yet, for some reason, I find Marion too much a “real human being” and wonder if Tey didn't transfer her personality to the character… Mrs. Sharpe was my favorite character, though. Her bluntness, straightforwardness reminds me a lot of someone I know quite well: myself! :-) Miss Tey's ideas on penal servitude (expressed through Robert's ruminations about lawyer Kevin McDermott's opinion) would most definitely not make her popular among the modern "learned" crowds... Anyway, this is an incredibly good, well written, well-thought book. Worth your time. I am looking forward to her other books.

readtoday Jul 31, 2014

Having discovered her books, and her writing style; cannot think of reading anyone else right now but Josephine Tey!

Great suggestion for Book Club members. Readtoday

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alex59
Oct 08, 2013

Greatly enjoyed this book. Characters and storyline not dated but as relevant today as when it was written. Keeps the brain cells going till the end. Loved the characters. I highly recommend it.

Read_and_Write May 21, 2012

21 May 2012
Written 70 years ago - with characters that keep entertaining.
It's the language and flow that is without peer.

The antagonist is just fascinating.

Tell your friends.

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Pinetree1
Oct 24, 2011

Tey is always wonderful and this is a great book!

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afalgwenwyn
Mar 24, 2011

Awesome. As usual, Tey is absolutely brilliant. Highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend :)

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EuSei May 13, 2015

Tomes have been written trying to define the criminal, but it is a very simple definition after all. The criminal is a person who makes the satisfaction of his own immediate personal wants the mainspring of his actions. You can’t cure him of his egotism, but you can make the indulgence of it not worth his while. Or almost not worth his while.

EuSei May 13, 2015

Kevin’s idea of prison reform, Robert remembered, was deportation to a penal colony. An island community where everyone worked hard. This was not a reform for the benefit of the prisoners.

EuSei May 13, 2015

Nowadays, it was the untried who bore the pillory and the guilty went immediately into a safe obscurity. Something had gone wrong somewhere.

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