The Franchise Affair (Paperback)
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Published: 06/08/2009

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'An ingenious book' Sarah Waters, Guardian

The Franchise is a beautiful country home. It's about to play host to a nightmare.

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...

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780099536833
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 202 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm


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The Franchise Affair is an ingenious book ... The essential mystery is wonderfully established; the claustrophobic building-up of the apparently seamless case against the Sharpes is impeccably done - Sarah Waters

Permanent classics in the detective field . . . no superlatives are adequate - The New York Times

A detective story with a very considerable difference. Ingenious, stimulating and very enjoyable - Sunday Times

As interesting and enjoyable a book as they will meet in a month of Sundays - Observer

Suspense is achieved by unexpected twists and extremely competent storytelling . . . credible and convincing - Spectator

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“Small town solicitor uncovers the truth”

Well, what a peculiar novel. How this can be billed as an Inspector Grant mystery when he barely appears in the book and definitely has no hand in solving the mystery I cannot imagine!

Robert Blair is a comfortable... More

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“Glorious”

Dry, witty, charming and somehow incredibly comforting.
My first Josephine Tey, I have just ordered another.

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