The Franchise Affair

The Franchise Affair

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By (author) Josephine Tey

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  • Publisher: ARROW BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 20mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 31 August 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099536838
  • ISBN 13: 9780099536833
  • Sales rank: 52,757

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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. And it takes Robert Blair, local solicitor turned amateur detective, to solve the mystery that lies at the heart of The Franchise Affair...

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Josephine Tey is one of the best-known and best-loved of all crime writers. She began to write full-time after the successful publication of her first novel, The Man in the Queue (1929), which introduced Inspector Grant of Scotland Yard. In 1937 she returned to crime writing with A Shilling for Candles, but it wasn't until after the Second World War that the majority of her crime novels were published. Josephine Tey died in 1952, leaving her entire estate to the National Trust.

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"First-rate mystery, ably plotted and beautifully written" Los Angeles Times "Permanent classics in the detective field ... no superlatives are adequate" New York Times "Josephine Tey has always been absolutely reliable in producing original and mysterious plots with interesting characters and unguessable endings" The Spectator