Brat Farrar

Brat Farrar

by Josephine Tey

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What begins as a ploy to claim an inheritance ends with the impostor's life hanging in the balance. In this tale of mystery and suspense, 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 mannerism's, 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. Culminating in a final terrible moment when all is revealed, Brat Farrar is a precarious adventure that grips the reader early and firmly and then holds on until the explosive conclusion

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ISBN-13: 9780786225545
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 07/01/2000
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 437
Product dimensions: 5.73(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Josephine Tey began writing full-time after the successful publication of her first novel, The Man in the Queue (1929), which introduced Inspector Grant of Scotland Yard. She died in 1952, leaving her entire estate to the National Trust.

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Brat Farrar 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have only just discovered Josephine Tey and am mourning her early passing from this earth. She only wrote a handful of books and while I have read about five previous to Brat Farrar, this is by far my favorite. The reader really likes the title character, despite his questionable choices at the onset of the book. We are allowed to fall in love with the family too. Somehow I started rooting for Brat about halfway through the book. This is a terrific read for one who enjoys novels about the English countryside and mysteries in general. Miss Tey is a remarkable wordsmith and I truly feel a part of her fictional cast while reading her books. I would love to find another author like her as I have about finished off all she has written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book.  Keep my interests and gave detailed character descriptions. Wanted to know  more about the story and just how it was going to unfold. 
Fester More than 1 year ago
In the genre of the classical English murder mystery, Brat Farrar has a twist. It is not about a murder, per se, but about the myserious Brat Farrar, a very likable young man who is pursuaded to pose as the long-lost brother of a wealthy family. Some of it is predictable, but it is an intriging story, well-written, and genteel.
LaurieRKing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tey does things with her apparently simple plots that no one, but no one else can manage. A deliciously sly woman.
MusicMom41 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Josephine Tey was a writer of novels which included a mystery. She was more interested in character and story than in creating a ¿puzzle¿ for the reader. This is especially true of her two mysteries that don¿t feature her detective Alan Grant, Miss Pym Disposes and Brat Farrar. The unfolding and development of the characters is what drives the story and I consider it part of Tey¿s genius that it is not long before she has the reader rooting for a character who is doing something illegal and ethically reprehensible. Perhaps it is because the character is aware of his culpability and unsure himself why he embarked on this precarious adventure. I found this an intriguing story and enjoyable read.
mstrust on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brat is a young man and orphan who's been roaming the world. Returning to England after several years in America working with horses, Brat is persuaded to pass himself off as Patrick Ashby, the missing heir to an extensive horse property. Welcomed back by the shocked Ashby family, Brat begins to wonder what really happened to Patrick.This was for the group read but I owned the book already and needed to get around to it. I've been a fan of Tey's since reading A Daughter of Time and that one is still my favorite so far, but this is a good one too. Really, the mystery comes very near the end of the book unless you count the question of whether Brat will get away with his ruse or if his guilty conscience will cause him to confess. The majority of the book is in seeing how each family member reacts to the return of their brother and how Brat reacts to having a family for the first time in his life.
craso on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brat Farrar, a youngman who has never known what it is like to belong in a family, impersonates a member of the Ashby clan who was thought to have committed suicide eight years earlier. The Ashbys welcome him back thinking he ran away from home. The only member who isn't thrilled with his return is Simon. He was just a few days away from inheriting the family estate when Brat appeared. Is he just jealous of his older twin brother or is there more to it?This was a wonderful mystery novel. I enjoyed reading it. Brat is a very sympathetic character, even though he should be the villain of the story he is actually the hero. His whole reason for the deception is because he wants to work with horses on the Ashby's horse ranch. He doesn't care about the money. You don't want him to be discovered, because he needs the family so much and the family needs him as well. The Ashbys all genuinely care for one another, except for the egotistical Simon. The author compares Simon's personality to an award winning horse who, although beautiful, tries to harm his riders. A very well written novel.
elwyne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A brilliant story! Great twists and turns. I want more of this character; it ended too soon and too abruptly for me.
ccayne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have not read many "classic" mysteries and Tey was cited as one to read. I loved it. It was beautifully written, the characters were complex and wonderful and the added bonus for me was the role of the horses.
VivienneR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very enjoyable, well-written story. Although the reader can determine the plot very early, this does not detract from the suspense, but instead stimulates interest. As the plot progressed I became impatient to discover how it would be resolved - that is the real mystery. Brat Farrar, the main character, is portrayed cleverly, revealing his thought processes and responses with realistic insight. The details are dovetailed very nicely, leaving no loose ends or having to resort to over-complications. The only weak point - for this reader - was the somewhat abrupt conclusion that bordered on cliché. Still, an excellent read.
ben_a on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not as good as The Singing Sands or the nonpareil Franchise Affair, but still Tey and still possessed of her virtues of characterization and style. Dinged because you see it coming from miles away. (3.15.08)
dreamingtereza on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was somewhat disappointed by this slow moving and predictable "mystery." Its serendipitous ending has all the coincidence of a Dickens novel without the accompanying finesse and resolution. Tey's elaborate characterization seems to be the novel's one redeeming aspect.
RachelfromSarasota on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my absolute favorite of all Tey's books. I reread it about once a year, and find that it wears phenomenally well. It involves twins, an assumed identity, an inheritance, and family tragedy -- and Tey takes these well-worn elements and weaves a brilliantly constructed, fascinating story out of them all.The characters are beautifully drawn and individualized, and if the plot seems a tad familiar, it is important to remember that Tey wrote this back in 1948/9.A great read, and highly recommended.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let me say, howFrom the very outset, the reader knows that Brat Farrar will not turn down the offer (made for $$, of course) to turn him into Patrick Ashby, the long-missing heir to the Ashby fortune. Patrick was one of a set of twins, his brother Simon, within the next few weeks, will become the master of Latchetts, the ancestral home of the Ashbys, with all the financial perks that go along with its ownership. So Brat is carefully groomed and tutored in the life of the missing Patrick, and when he's ready, he introduces himself as such to the Ashby family attorney. Eventually, he arrives back at Latchetts, and is put to the test. But soon he begins wonder what actually happened to the real Simon.I'm really not going to say more about this book because I don't want to give away anything to anyone who may be reading it. Josephine Tey is one of my favorite writers, and probably would have gone on to more greatness had she not died. Brat Farrar is not my favorite of her works, but it is quite good all the same. I can recommend it to mystery readers, especially those (like me) who enjoy a good British mystery. Not a cozy by any stretch!
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Josephine Tey, along with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, is my favorite mystery author. Sadly, she wasn't at all prolific. She only wrote seven novels before her death in 1952. What I find remarkable about them is that each really is so memorable and so different, yet each offers more than just some intricate puzzle piece, and producing some jaw-dropping twist is usually beyond the point.Tey's probably best known for The Daughter of Time, and I'd probably name that one as my favorite Tey--that one is rather unique in mystery novels, with its fictional contemporary detective solving a centuries old real mystery about the Two Princes in the Tower and the true character of Richard III. But if you wish for a more traditional mystery, well, Brat Farrar for all it's very singular touches might be more your cup of tea and this is a close second favorite among the Tey mysteries.The title character is an orphan who finds out he bears an uncanny resemblance to a missing English heir and so decides to impersonate the long lost Patrick Ashby. We meet the Ashby family in the first pages, so naturally you'd expect your sympathies would be with them, not the interloper. But Tey develops Brat in such a way you can't help but care about him. Because it's not the fortune that really attracts him--it's the chance to Belong. Before the book ends you feel tremendous sympathy for Brat, and the Ashbys, especially Aunt Bee who welcomes him into the fold. There were so many small things that made this a pleasure to read. I loved the focus on horses, the breeding, riding, showing and life in a working stable. Also, Brat has an American background, having spent years there. So many times reading British authors tackling American characters or settings, they just don't ring true, or have this condescension about them--especially a book, like this one, written before 1950. Yet Tey writes of Americans and America with obvious insight and affection. And yet writes about England with such evident love you wish you lived there. Purely as a mystery this more than passes muster. Rich characterizations, suspenseful, even moving, this is one of my favorite mysteries, one where its details stayed vividly in my mind decades after first reading it.
Smiler69 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Ashby family, now composed of aunt Bee and the four remaining children of her deceased brother Bill, has known it's share of drama. First, with both the children's parents dying in a plane crash eight years ago, then with the presumed suicide of firstborn son Patrick, who has disappeared one year later leaving behind a cryptic suicide note. The Ashbys are the owners of Latchetts, a centuries-old family estate in the fictional village of Clare, near the south coast of England, and have been breeding and selling horses for generations. Things have been difficult financially for aunt Bee and the children since the parents have been gone, but Patrick's twin brother Simon, who's twenty-first birthday is imminent, is soon to inherit Latchetts and a large trust fund left by his mother. Meanwhile, young Brat Farrar is approached on a London street by Alec Loding, an unsuccessful actor and a rogue who happens to be very intimate with the Ashby family. Brat is a dead ringer for the presumably deceased Patrick Ashby, and Loding sees an opportunity to make a fortune by recruiting Brat to pass off as Patrick, by claiming that he had run away for all those years and has now decided to return to the fold. He trains the young man thoroughly, teaching him about every detail that he should know about to pass himself off successfully and come into the inheritance. Brat is then sent off to integrate the Ashby family, with the instruction that he should simply act as himself. A compelling and riveting story which holds the reader captive and wondering all along at what moment Brat might slip up and reveal himself and as impostor. But the real treat is that Brat is in for a surprise which no training could have prepared him for. I found one section about horse racing too lengthy and detailed for my liking, but otherwise much recommended for Tey's wonderful writing and dialogue, and a really good yarn.
delphica on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(#38 in the 2003 Book Challenge)I love Josephine Tey, but never picked this up before because the description always left me cold. A young man pretends to be the son of an English family so that he can "return" to take his place as the family heir. Someone else in the family knows this person is an imposter, and plays along. This is more or less what they put on the back of the book, and it always struck me as very cruel. However, I was pleasantly surprised that this book actually manages to be kindly, and sort of sweet. Tey is known for her mysteries -- this book is rather mysterious, but not a detective novel.Grade: B+Recommended: Very much to people who enjoy English family type novels, especially those who like things like the Cazalet Chronicles, although it's not as cozy as Mitford books (not Nancy, the Jan Karon ones)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story moves quickly once the family members appear. I fell in love with this bunch, especially Bea. The plot serves big helpings of good and evil, even among the animals, and goes deep into the main character. Brat Farrer develops as he experiences life with this family, and deserves the reader's full attention as he matures. Josephine Tey brings us a compelling story. I highly recommend this novel.
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Thand_God_for_JSB More than 1 year ago
A close family resemblance allows a young man to impersonate an older twin thought to have committed suicide just as the younger is about to inherit a farm and an inheritance. Well plotted, suspenseful, and well written. Only caveat: if you love only contemporary mysteries with much violence and gore, this may not be your cup of tea.
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ExiledNewYorker More than 1 year ago
Brat Ferrar is more than a mystery, it is a complex story of familial relationships from a variety of perspectives. It's also a compelling mystery. I was struck by the way in which the book exposes mid-20th century conventions and biases of the English petite bourgeoisie. Tey isn't holding these conventions up to ridicule or even scrutiny; they just form a part of her world. Now it makes the book a bit of a sociological museum piece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a true mystery classic, and it is written as only Tey can write them. I had seen a movie made from this story before I read the book. Although the movie was very true to the original manuscript, the book is much, much better. Like all of Tey's stories, this book is not a simple murder mystery. The plot is ingenious. Even though the reader is partly in the secret from early on in the story, the suspense is developed and maintained until the very end. The reader comes to sympathize with Brat early on in the story, and we wonder how he's going to get out of the web of lies and deceit he has made. I enjoyed the country 'horsey' setting, and the family is pure delight. Ms. Tey was a wonderful author!