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Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Brat Farrar (1949)

by Josephine Tey

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A slow start but immensely satisfying somehow. ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
Speak of getting over rough ground as lightly as possible, this book covers imposture, murder, orphan hood, and life threatening injuries, with the minimum possible angst. There wasn't much of a mystery, but the real question would be what decisions would be made, when, and why. ( )
  quondame | Mar 22, 2019 |
A fun read ( )
  yhgail | Feb 20, 2019 |
What a well wrought novel! I was briefly dismayed, thinking, oh, no, not that old trope, but no. Tey does not disappoint at all. ( )
  thesmellofbooks | Nov 28, 2018 |
Carole Boyd's narration of this splendid mystery made it a must read--even though I had read it when I was much, much younger and could remember the plot. And what a plot it is: the seemingly unscrupulous Brat Farrar, an orphan, claiming the inheritance of someone he is a dead ringer for. And then the plot twists and turns as one meets the family and comes to know all the characters. Well, yes, the ending is a bit contrived but up to that last moment, it is perfect. Boyd is able to create a different voice for every character. She is superb. ( )
  flashflood42 | Feb 10, 2018 |
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A stranger enters the inner sanctum of the Ashby family posing as Patrick Ashby, the heir to the family's sizable fortune. The stranger, Brat Farrar, has been carefully coached on Patrick's mannerisms, appearance, and every significant detail of Patrick's early life, up to his thirteenth year when he disappeared and was thought to have drowned himself. It seems as if Brat is going to pull off this most incredible deception until old secrets emerge that jeopardize the imposter's plan and his life.


It was eight years since Patrick had vanished leaving his pitiful note, "I'm sorry but I can't bear it any longer. Don't be angry with me, Patrick." Now it seemed, he had returned — just in time to claim the family inheritance. But if Patrick really had committed suicide, who was this mysterious young man claiming to be him and calling himself Brat Farrar?

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Brat Farrar has been carefully coached to assume the identity of Patrick Ashby, heir to the Ashby fortune who disappeared when he was 13. Just when it seems that Brat will pull off the deception, he discovers the truth about Patrick's disappearance, a dark secret that threatens to tear apart the family and jeopardize Brat's carefully laid plans. Called "the best of its kind" by the New Yorker, Josephine Tey's classic is a tale of unrelenting suspense and tension.

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When Bill and Nora Ashby died Aunt Bee stayed on to bring up their five children. Soon afterwards one of the children, Patrick, disappears and leaves a suicide note at the top of a cliff. Years later a man turns up called Brat Farrar.

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