The Franchise Affair

Josephine Tey is, in my opinion, one of the most compelling mystery writers ever to have been published. Her stories break out of the traditional who-done-it mold to offer interesting character studies and innovative crimes that oftentimes may not be crimes at all.

Her main detective, Inspector Alan Grant features in several of her novels, sometimes taking an active role, and other times remaining in the background, as in “The Franchise Affair”. This novel, while set in the 1940’s is based on the 18th Century case of Elizabeth Canning. The story now features the affable attorney Robert Blair, who is drawn into investigating the case on behalf of his client, Marion Sharpe. With a little bit of luck, and a lot of persistence, Mr. Blair manages to unravel a knot that stumps Scotland Yard, and may stump even the most weathered armchair detective.

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