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The Franchise Affair de Josephine Tey
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The Franchise Affair (original: 1948; edição: 1966)

de Josephine Tey

Séries: Alan Grant (3)

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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...… (mais)
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Título:The Franchise Affair
Autores:Josephine Tey
Informação:Penguin Books (1966), Paperback
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The Franchise Affair de Josephine Tey (1948)

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Nominally an Inspector Grant book (number 3 in the 6 book series) this is less about Grant - who barely makes an appearance - and more about Robert Blair, a wills and probate solicitor in a small town. At the beginning of the book, he is becoming aware that he is in a rut and whilst tradition is nice and steady, there is perhaps, something more missing, but he doesnt know what. He is almost out the door when his phone goes. Marion Sharpe is in need of help. She, along with her mother, has been accused of kidnapping and holding a young girl hostage in their decrepit and lonely house. The girl's testimony is both specific and vague enough to be almost impossible to disprove, and a lack of proof that they didnt do it is likewise almost impossible to prove.
Blair agrees to provde legal support as best he can, despite not being a criminal lawyer, and as he gets involved with Marion and the case, finds he wants to continue giving both legal and emotional support. He does everything to help the women out, instigating investigations and doing the checks that the police seem unwilling or constrained not to take forward. Initially the police are not willing to press charges on the basis there is nothing more than one person's word against another. However, the national press get involved and soon whip the reading public's emotions into a frenzy, making the police reinvestigate the issue, and the women’s case makes its’ way into the assizes.
Considering how old this book is (first published in 1948) it’s both interesting and sad how little things have changed – especially around the press, and the general reading public, who takes things on the face of it. As expected the case appears for one day on the front page, they present a judgement on the Sharpes verses the innocent-looking 15 year old Betty, and the letters page (today’s Comment section) is inundated until late the following week with hysteria – which leads to some windows being smashed at The Franchise. However, it has almost died down when another gutter publication (previous heroes including a left wing killer being persecuted by his government who – shock – want to lock him up for being a “patriot” for killing people). Sadly things have not changed much as of today, only the vehicle.
The dénouement comes late in the story and is much of luck as anything. It leads to a showdown in court with the testimony of Betty being pulled apart and the façade of her innocence being shown to be false to all who were willing it to be true.
  nordie | Jan 30, 2021 |
A bit frustrating and disturbing (at least in my recollection--it's been a while--I suspect the plot didn't go where I wanted or expected it to), but never less than a gripping read.

(Note: 5 stars = amazing, wonderful, 4 = very good book, 3 = decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful. I'm fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s). I feel a lot of readers automatically render any book they enjoy 5, but I grade on a curve! ( )
  ashleytylerjohn | Oct 13, 2020 |
The Franchise Affair (1949) by Josephine Tey. Robert Blair is THE lawyer at Blair, Haywood and Bennet of Milford, England. The war is over and things have quieted down significantly. He leads a quiet life, in his early 40’s, lives with his aunt and does mainly wills and deeds and estate handling, nothing sinister or too taxing. That was his life until he took the call from Marion Sharp. If he had left his office a minute earlier on that Friday evening he would have missed it all.
As it was he took the call. Marion needed help of with a most dire urgency. Scotland Yard had just arrived with a young girl and an unbelievable tale. It seems the girl swears she was abducted by Miss Sharp and her mother, Mrs. Sharp, and the two transported her in the night to their country home, The Franchise. This is a rather dismal three story house set behind a tall brick wall and iron gates. There are no close neighbors. The story the girl tells is that she was taken from a bus stop under the guise of helping to get her to her destination after missing the bus. Instead they took her to their home where they imprisoned her, beat her, and tried to get her to become their maid.
They held her for most of a month before she escaped. She told the police all about it, gave a detailed description of the women and they house, and now the police are at The Franchise to further investigate her statement.
But neither of the Sharps have ever seen the girl. They swear there was no snatching of the girl, torture, or anything else. It was all made up.
Scotland Yard, in the person of Inspector Grant, knows it is the girl’s word against that of the mother and daughter, but they can’t let the case drop. And the Sharps have their honor and little else left to them. And so the need for a lawyer, for Robert Blair, the mild mannered, besuited civil lawyer who does not want to be involved but gives in the the request reluctantly. After meeting Marion Sharp in person that is. Now she is more than the somewhat gypsy looking tallish woman in the distance. She has now become something more inviting.
And he is thankful that he did. The women are provocative in their own manner. The girl is almost “too good to be believed.” And the situation is something that he slowly realizes he has needed in his life. That is, romance of a demure, stilted kind.
This is a romance wrapped around a darn good mystery. Just how did the girl know so much and the house and all the other details? And if she wasn’t being kept prisoner as she claims, where was this girl?
A slow start leads the reader into a devilish situation showing that hard work, friendship and prayers manage to solve the tricky puzzler. And this is a very fun read. ( )
1 vote TomDonaghey | Jul 29, 2020 |
Extremely witty, well-plotted and well-paced mystery. although dated in spots. A young girl accuses two women living in a house called "The Franchise" of kidnapping her, forcing her to work for them and beating her. The women say they've never seen her before. Lawyer Robert Blair attempts to find out who is telling the truth and who is lying. There are many unexpected byways to the story. Although this novel is part of the Inspector Grant series, Grant is only a minor figure here.

Highly recommended. ( )
  janerawoof | Jun 30, 2020 |
In sum: dated. At the same time, well-plotted and written. Two not well-off upper-middle class women, mother and daughter, living in an ugly isolated house they inherited are accused, out of the blue, of having held a young girl captive in their attic. The girl is very sweet and pretty on the surface and sympathy goes to her, plus she describes the house's inside with damning accuracy. One of the women asks the local lawyer, Robert Blair, who works mainly in estate not criminal law, to help them. To his surprise he is not only fully on their side, but enjoys the task immensely. I've read other Tey at other times, but this was the first one that set my back as so permeated with class and random prejudicesd and beefs that seem nonsensical to me to to the ignorance of bleeding heart liberals (in my view most extremes at either end exhibit this lack), that most women can't think analytically, or that people with a certain kind of blue eyes set wide apart can't be trusted, and a host of other oddities that grated. It did make me ponder aspects of the origins and audience of the detective genre -- upper middle class, well-educated, enjoying the leisure to untangle a mental puzzle, but also to enjoy having their own class and values affirmed in the process. Of course too, I'm one to talk, as generally, I gain indecent enjoyment of british cosy
mysteries. Some writers quietly poke fun at bias and themselves and everyone but I didn't feel that here. This went a few paces too far into social smuggery for me. ***1/2 ( )
  sibylline | Jan 25, 2020 |
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Tey, Josephineautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Allié, ManfredTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Barnard, RobertIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Boyd, CaroleNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Fraser, AntoniaIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Hogarth, PaulIlustradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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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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