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Then three years later in 1951, in the much lauded “The Daughter of Time”, her protagonist attempted to solve the mystery of whether King Richard III of England had murdered his two nephews: the Princes in the Tower. And indeed all Brat Farrar has in common with it is Tey’s refreshing prose and keen eye for character. When a lookalike agrees to impersonate a presumed dead heir, he suspects the death wasn't accidental as he gets close to the family.

For instance, “The Franchise Affair” from 1948, was loosely based on the 18th-century case of Elizabeth Canning, a maidservant who claimed she had been kidnapped and held prisoner for a month. I’m reading it now, in fact, because it was one of two titles I came up with as follow-ups to my book club’s reading of Ripley: I went scouting for other books connected to it in some way (which is part of our selection process), and I discovered that there were two other classic suspense titles from around the same time featuring imposters and identity theft: Brat Farrar and Daphne du Maurier’s The Scapegoat. This site has an archive of more than one thousand seven hundred interviews, or eight thousand book recommendations.I was into reading all the Josephine Tey at one point and really enjoying them, but now I can’t quite remember which ones.

It is hard to be a rogue when one is also a thinker; it is harder still to live falsely when one yearns for truth. Those templates tell you when to introduce tension, conflict, how to limit the characters and what types of characters you need to appeal commercially. Patrick had apparently written a good-bye apology and it was assumed to be a suicide note although no body was ever found. Truth" for Brat Farrar is a slippery thing, always changing; but he recognizes it when it appears, and comes to like the feel of it. Long ago I read Josephine Tey’s most popular and famous book, The Daughter of Time (1951) and very much enjoyed it .Brat Farrar had been brought up in an orphanage, and worked in ranches and stables in the United States, until he became an expert horseman. I picked up this book because it’s said to be one of Tey’s best works, and all you really need to know is that there are imposters and people who resemble horses* in it. I see what you mean about The Scapegoat, which I also read and loved last year, but it didn’t strike me at the time.

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