The Franchise Affair Author:Josephine Tey Josephine Tey, the pseudonym for Elizabeth Mackintosh, remains one of the true luminaries of twentieth-century crime fiction. Not a prolific writer, Tey"s body of work boast quality over quanity. Of the eight mysteries written under the Tey name, nearly all are considered classics. Among these, The Franchise Affair stands out as perhaps the fine... more »st.In this book, Tey cleverly inverted the stadard whodunit into a "Can we prove they didn't do it?" In addition, she created some outstanding characters, including small-toen lawyer Tobert Blair, who handles his midlife crisis by becoming an amateur sleuth, and free spirit Marion Sharpe, whose unconventional out look appeals to Blair. And of course there is Inspector Alan Grant, tey's series character.
The Franchise Affair became a movie in 1951, starring Michael Denison and Dulcie Gray. It was also adapted for television in 1962 and again in 1988. In 1990, the U.K.- based Crime Writers' Assaociation named it one otf their "Top 100 Crime Novels Of All Time."« less