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The Franchise Affair | [Josephine Tey]

The Franchise Affair

Marion Sharpe and her mother seem an unlikely duo to be found on the wrong side of the law. Quiet and ordinary, they have led a peaceful and unremarkable life at their country home, The Franchise. Unremarkable that is, until the police turn up with a demure young woman on their doorstep.Not only does Betty Kane accuse them of kidnap and abuse, she can back up her claim with a detailed description of the attic room in which she was kept, right down to the crack in its round window.
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Marion Sharpe and her mother seem an unlikely duo to be found on the wrong side of the law. Quiet and ordinary, they have led a peaceful and unremarkable life at their country home, The Franchise. Unremarkable that is, until the police turn up with a demure young woman on their doorstep.

Not only does Betty Kane accuse them of kidnap and abuse, she can back up her claim with a detailed description of the attic room in which she was kept, right down to the crack in its round window. But there’s something about Betty Kane’s story that doesn’t quite add up.

Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard is stumped. It takes Robert Blair, solicitor turned amateur detective, to solve the mystery...

©1948 Josephine Tey (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Isia Pretoria, South Africa 12-14-12
    Isia Pretoria, South Africa 12-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Beautifully written, engaging story"

    I loved this book, a real English countryside detective novel. It is sensitively written and subtle, with events slowly but surely overtaking the main characters. I don't want to give away the story, but if you enjoy Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, or the other detective novels written in the same era, you will love this one. I will definitely explore this author further.
    This book was beautifully read. Every character was distinct, and I never felt muddled as to who is speaking. There is a world of difference between performances and this one for me was top shelf - you are able to forget the speaker completely and immerse yourself in the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada 04-24-12
    Mary Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada 04-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Josephine Tey is always enjoyable"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Franchise Affair to be better than the print version?

    Both excellent for different situations


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Franchise Affair?

    The moment when the evidence finally all came together.


    Which character – as performed by Carole Boyd – was your favorite?

    All equally good


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last scene on the plane.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 04-17-12
    Ilana Montreal, Quebec, Canada 04-17-12 Member Since 2011

    Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!

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    "An Instant Favourite"

    Robert Blair is a sedate solicitor and the current head of a well established and respectable family firm in a small English town. He lives a quiet and predictable life with his aunt, who feeds him well. One day, he receives a surprising phone call from Marion Sharpe, the current resident of The Franchise, a old and run down house just at the outskirts of town. She asks him for help in a strange case; a young girl, Betty Kane, accuses Ms. Sharpe and her mother of kidnapping and imprisoning her in their attic and of having beaten her repeatedly, presumably in an attempt to bully her into becoming their servant. As strange and unlikely as the case may seem, the girl has a blameless reputation and is able to describe the house down to it's tiniest details to Scotland Yard, while the Sharpe ladies on the other hand are none too popular in the small town by virtue of them living at The Franchise. Our solicitor takes a liking to Ms Sharpe, decides the accused women cannot have committed such horrific acts, and sets out to prove their innocence.

    I had heard many good things about Josephine Tey, and they were all true. Her characters and dialogue are unusual, and there are plenty of strange elements which kept this reader on her toes. Although this is the third book in the Allan Grant series, he plays a very minor role here, which makes it as good a start as any. Carol Boyd is a new narrator to me and has become an instant favourite, as has Josephine Tey.

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  • Chappers
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    7/23/11
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    "Well-paced and intriguing"

    A well-constructed tale of how a solicitor is drawn unwillingly into disproving the allegations made against two women, and of how his life is jogged out of its complacency as a result. Some may find this story, set in an English market town in the late 1940's, too simple and unhurried, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Josephine Tey is a wonderful writer, bringing beautifully-observed detail and subtle wit to this intriguing story. And Carole Boyd is the perfect choice as narrator, with a well-paced and acerbic delivery that brings the characters to life. A wonderful gentle listen, and definitely one to play again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
    6/17/11
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    "A great reading"

    This is one of my favourite books from a favourite author. Carole Boyd is a great narrator. Please, please can we have more Josephine Tey, especially the Inspector Alan Grant stories.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Saffy
    UK
    4/23/12
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    "A perfect crime novel"

    I am ashamed to say that I have never read Josephine Tey before, despite being a huge crime fiction fan. I discovered her through my enjoyment of Nicola Upson's Josephine Tey novels (also excellent). This is fantastic! Read beautifully by Carole Boyd (Linda Snell in the Archers) it is a gripping listen. The characterisation is perfect and the plot keeps you guessing and hooked until the end. Why are there no Inspector Grant books available on Audible?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • sandra
    Warwickshire, England
    10/28/13
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    "A new author for me...."
    If you could sum up The Franchise Affair in three words, what would they be?

    .... but look forward to listening to more... the story was well thought out, although a little predictable at times, and then right at the end there is an ahhhh moment, which is good for winter evenings. Carole Boyd narrates beautifully and brings each character to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Davey B
    Northern Ireland
    7/9/13
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    "A change from the norm !"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Franchise Affair to be better than the print version?

    Never been a good reader - too many distractions in my surroundings affect concentration - so, Audio Books have been my lifeline to literature for thirty years and I now have 500 plus titles in my library - this book has enthralled me since I discovered an abridged version 20 years ago and now the Audible unabridged book read by Carole Boyd has given me pleasure at least a dozen times !!


    What did you like best about this story?

    No frills descriptions and little bits of humour from the elderly ladies, for example - every time I listen now I have a picture in my mind's eye of Maggie Smith speaking the dialogue (and improvising her expressions) - Simple but effective dialogue from even the legal team and the police (with again a little fun) - as the characters developed through the book several changed from stuffy to (almost) human and from just incidental to concerned individuals - halfway through the book one could picture certain characters from their words and attitudes and not just from their physical description - brought it all to life for this reader/listener !!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Enjoyed the scene where the Head waiter said he recognised the "GIRL" and stood her whole story on it's head !!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I am a 67 year old man and yet my heart went out to the adoptive mother of the "GIRL" when she realized how little Betty cared for her family !!


    Any additional comments?

    I am enjoying two other Audible books at the moment but I will be re-open "THE FRANCHISE AFFAIR" A.S.A.P For me it's special even though Agatha Christie & Sherlock are closer to my normal read!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Margaret
    United Kingdom
    6/24/13
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    "Fabulous whodunnit!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Franchise Affair?

    So well written and exciting. You're not quite sure how it will conclude, really quite tense. I really enjoyed the book. Ingenious story line.


    What about Carole Boyd’s performance did you like?

    Carole Boyd's voice is a pleasure to listen to. She reads the story very well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    Sydney, Australia
    12/3/11
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    "well written character based mystery"

    Beautifully read by Carole Boyd- do hope she is doing the rest of Josephine Tey's novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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