Press Release: The Franchise Affair

The Franchise Affair

Josephine Tey

Introduced by Lady Antonia Fraser
Illustrated by Mark Smith

‘Permanent classics in the detective field… no superlatives are adequate’
new york times

The mistress of crime returns with the newest addition to The Folio Society’s spectacular Josephine Tey Series. The Franchise Affair is one of Tey’s most renowned stories; listed by the Crime Writer’s Association as one of the ‘Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time’ and frequently adapted for television and film, it is Tey’s narrative flare and colourful characters that makes this novel such a favourite.

Set in the sleepy town of Milford, Marion Sharpe and her mother find themselves at the centre of a national scandal. A teenager called Betty Kane, missing for a month, has claimed that the Sharpe women beat her and kept her prisoner. Could these lonely women really have kidnapped a girl to be their maid? Tey’s masterful prose concludes in a dramatic crescendo as local solicitor Robert Blair must untangle a web of lies, gossip and good old-fashioned paranoia.

Josephine Tey based The Franchise Affair on a real criminal case from the 1700s. In her detailed introduction, Lady Antonia Fraser describes it as her favourite of all Tey’s novels, not only because of the gripping narrative but also for the historical context, describing it as a ‘wonderfully evocative period piece’.

Mark Smith continues his award-winning work on the series with seven full-page illustrations and an exquisitely stylish binding design. With clever use of angles, cropping, light and period detail, he captures the simmering drama of this absorbing mystery. Like Tey’s writing, Smith’s images are always telling the reader more than they might see at first glance: watch out for reflections on shiny surfaces, the papers hastily shoved in a pocket or the tension in the set of a character’s shoulders.

Product information

Bound in blocked buckram. Set in Dante with Station No. 5 as display. 248 pages. 7 full-page colour illustrations. Plain slipcase. 9˝ x 5¾˝.

UK £39.95 US $64.95 Can $65.00 Aus $69.95






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