Day 291: Brat Farrar

Cover for Brat FarrarI have only read a few mysteries by Josephine Tey and have had mixed reactions to them. I really enjoyed The Daughter of Time, but disliked The Franchise Affair. Brat Farrar is completely different from either of those novels, and I enjoyed reading it.

Patrick Ashby, the 13-year-old heir to the Ashby fortune, disappeared three years go. This novel isn’t a mystery about whether Brat Farrar is an imposter–we know that from the beginning–but about what actually happened to Patrick.

Brat, an orphan who bears a surprising resemblance to the Ashbys, is talked into impersonating Patrick, despite his better instincts, by a ne’er-do-well cousin of the Ashby’s. This cousin has carefully coached him for his part, with the understanding that after Brat inherits, he will pay the cousin a pension. Once Brat arrives at the house, he feels surprisingly at home with the place and the family, except for Simon, his supposed twin brother.

The characters are likeable, and the story keeps your attention, even though I figured out the solution to the mystery fairly early on.

2 thoughts on “Day 291: Brat Farrar

  1. November 25, 2013 / 5:40 pm

    Brat Farrar is such an undersold novel. No one seems to know about it! But YOU do! It is one of my all-time favorites, maybe because of its “belonging” theme. My 15-year-old daughter is reading it now and I am on tenterhooks waiting to see if she likes it. She MUST. (She did say at about page 35 that she loves Bea 🙂

    • whatmeread November 25, 2013 / 5:43 pm

      I have read other Tey books, but I really enjoyed Brat more than the others!

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