Brat Farrar Paperback – 7 Mar 2002
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"Suspense is achieved by unexpected twists and extremely competent story-telling-credible and convincing." (Spectator)
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Josephine Tey has deftly created some very likeable but complex characters: Brat is at once tough and vulnerable, an opportunist with a conscience. Simon is charming and cast as the victim but full of contradictions. Aunt Bee is typical of a generation of war-time women who had to be strong and unselfish for the sake of others. Each of the main characters is believably human, annoying at times, but always engaging. This book is perfectly suited for all ages, there is no gore, bad language, gratuitous sex or unsettling content and the adult subjects are masterfully handled. And, finally, horse enthusiasts will be happy to find that the substantial equestrian content is accurate and realistic and Tey's undisguised love of horses comes entirely devoid of saccharine.
All of these lead to a good mystery; what makes it a great mystery is the plethora of believable characters. The reader is invited to be part of a charming English village and becomes the champion of Brat as he works his way through a complicated identical-twin relationship to solve the hidden-secrets mystery in the end.
The book is populated by a number of likeable, believable characters (even the unlikeable characters are believable). The reader is compelled to keep reading by the interesting plot that keeps reveals new aspects of the story without seeming at all contrived.
I can also recommend highly The Daughter of Time, and The Singing Sands by Tey, but I feel you might be disappointed with her earlier pre war detective stories starring Inspector Grant. They are too conventional to be distinguished from the run of the mill whodunits of the period, they lack suspense and a sense of climax, and are suffused with a casual racism particularly about Jews which was so common at the time. That said there is no viciousness in her attitude and the author comes across as a pleasant person who you would like to meet.
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Heard it first on Woman's Hour years ago as a serial and have read and enjoyed it many times since. Now it is not necessary to find a shelf for it. Always to hand as an e book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by verity
A great read even though it's forty or fifty years old, it doesn't lose its mystery. Lots of characterization and details.Published 13 months ago by Vicki Clarke
A lovely, intimate, moving novel. Not exactly a detective story and not exactly literary fiction, but falling somewhere between. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Neil Adams
One of Josephine Tey's best books alongside Daughter of Time. Good atmosphere and description and although the premise is potentially far-fetched she makes it believable. Read morePublished 16 months ago by curledupwithabook