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The Franchise Affair

Narrated by: Carole Boyd
Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)
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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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An intriguing story beautifully narrated.

The Franchise Affair is my first experience with Josephine Tey and it won't be the last. The story has an intriguing set up and I couldn't predict where it was going. It turns out to be more of a howdunit rather than a whodunit.The prose is elegant, a pleasure enhanced by Carole Boyd's superb narration. Her expressive yet measured tones are perfectly suited to the material and help to recreate the bygone world of English village life.

Some of the characters' attitudes would be objectionable today, but this book is a product of its time and should be appreciated as such. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this beautifully written tale of mystery and suspense.

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  • Knucklebones
  • 23-07-2011

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-06-2011

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.

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  • Jill Besterman
  • 16-11-2016

A favourite story, with excellent narration

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This is one of the (very few) books that I can read or listen to, again and again at intervals over the years, and find the same enjoyment each time.

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  • Julia
  • 19-01-2016

Well written and beautifully narrated

Charming, well drawn characters, interesting plot. This book meets the criteria of increasing ones understanding of other people and their motivation. You can't ask for more!

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  • Juliet Bernad
  • 08-09-2015

very enjoyable

I heard about this author on Woman's Hour and thought I would try her out.

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  • Davey B
  • 09-07-2013

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!!

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  • Isler
  • 28-01-2019

First but definitely not last

Planning to hear more books by Josephine Tey. Had me intrigued from beginning to end.

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  • Gill Walters
  • 12-09-2018

Wonderful story

This book tells a wondeful story that will have you gripped all the way through.

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  • Keith
  • 08-05-2018

where is the rest of the story

not a bad book but what happened to tje girl who said she was kidnapped

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  • Sarah Gamp
  • 22-02-2018

An absolute delight.

I enjoyed, ‘Daughter of Time’, so much I couldn’t wait to start another Josephine Tey novel. The Franchise Affair did not disappoint, if anything, it’s even better. Wonderful characters, great story and really well narrated (By Lynda Snell for The Archer’s fans). Give yourself a treat and get this book, you will definitely listen more than once.