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...
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"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.
"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.
"A perfect crime novel"
I am ashamed to say that I have never read Josephine Tey before, despite being a huge crime fiction fan. I discovered her through my enjoyment of Nicola Upson's Josephine Tey novels (also excellent). This is fantastic! Read beautifully by Carole Boyd (Linda Snell in the Archers) it is a gripping listen. The characterisation is perfect and the plot keeps you guessing and hooked until the end. Why are there no Inspector Grant books available on Audible?
"well written character based mystery"
Beautifully read by Carole Boyd- do hope she is doing the rest of Josephine Tey's novels.
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