• Title: Come and Kill Me
  • Author: Josephine Tey
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Come and Kill Me 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
    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 significantWhat 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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    1. This 1949 suspense novel is a gripping story of deception and hidden identity, set in post-WWII England among the upper classes. Simon Ashby is about to turn 21 and finally inherit his dead parents' estate, easing the financial stresses on his family and younger sisters. But suddenly another young man appears, claiming to be Simon's older twin brother Patrick, who is thought to have committed suicide at age 14. In fact, "Patrick" is Brat Farrar, an orphan who's been coached by an unscrupulous ne [...]

    2. I've not been a fan of every Tey I have ever read & sometimes a reread can disappoint - but not in this case! Brat Farrar's temptation into a life of assumed identity (or is it???) & intrigue thrills every step of the way. Every detail of this book works perfectly & meshes together. We take every careful step with Brat & the scene where (view spoiler)[ Brat has a conversation with his drunk supposed twin Simon (hide spoiler)] is a quite wonderful example of taut suspense.If you d [...]

    3. so this isnt a mystery novel in the traditional sense, but its got a very compelling pacing to it that makes the suspense parts both immediate and british-leisurely. like a brisk stroll on the grounds where we mustnt go too quickly or geoffrey will tire. my love of law and order (the one on television) has ruined me for mystery novels. or maybe just mystery novels written before 1950. because i always know my whodunits too soon. i have this affliction where i can retain very little of what i hea [...]

    4. You know those reviews where somebody is reviewing a deeply loved old book, and criticizing everything on it, accusing it of all types of political incorrectness? Either skip this or hold on, because this is going to be one of those reviews. (and that is surprising *me*. I did not know I had it in me).This was my second read. I read it maybe 10 years ago, and I recalled it as being charming and with an interesting plot which included a favorite trope - impersonation. I picked up and read the fir [...]

    5. A mystery involving an imposter and a possible crime set in and around a horse stud in the south of England, sometime after World War II, this is a novel which kept my interest from beginning to end. It's an intriguing work. On the one hand, the way in which the narrative develops and the resolution of the mystery are extremely predictable. I'm not particularly skilled at solving literary crime before the protagonist charged with that task, but here I worked out what had happened and what was go [...]

    6. I was confused whether I should read this one or the Daughter of Time, but I chose the former since it's different from what I've read before. And wow, This probably one of the best book I've read. I's not a typical classical mystery where a murder is committed in countryside and a detective is summoned to solve it. Instead, it revolves around Brat Farrar, an orphan who spent few years in America and returned to England. Few days after his return he's approached by Alec Loading, an actor who mis [...]

    7. After so many re-reads, Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey is still one of the best classical British mystery novels of all time. I like the plots and how the characters were written, I like the strong sense of British-ness that seeps through the story, although the typical classism (everyone in the story tends to judge people by their family backgrounds, their breeds and their social statuses, etc) is pretty difficult to swallow, still the strong points of the story easily manage to overwhelm the wea [...]

    8. A strongly delivered story of sibling rivalry. Patrick Ashby was considered a suicide when a young boy, years later he returns to the family seat of Latchetts as Brat Farrar. Wonderful air of time and place and an engaging mystery. Had an inkling early on as to how the mystery surrounding Brat Farrar might unfold but it in no way detracted from the appeal of the story overall. An enduring mystery that manages to hold up over time, well worth a look at.

    9. This is one of my all-time favorite mysteries. Published in 1950, Brat Farrar is about a young man, Bartholomew Farrell (he comes to be known as Brat Farrar over the course of extensive teenage wanderings), who is left as a foundling at a high-class orphanage. He leaves that life in his early teens and knocks about Europe and the Americas, eventually feeling the call of his homeland and returning about age twenty. In London he crosses paths with a ne’er-do-well, Alex Loding, who is startled to [...]

    10. Free download at Project Gutenberg AustraliaChapter 1:"At this same table had eaten Ashbys who had died of fever in India, of wounds in the Crimea, of starvation in Queensland, of typhoid at the Cape, and of cirrhosis of the liver in the Straits Settlements. But always there had been an Ashby at Latchetts; and they had done well by the land.""No queens had come to Latchetts to dine; no cavaliers to hide. For three hundred years it had stood in its meadows very much as it stood now; a yeoman’s [...]

    11. Somehow, I never read this before. Somehow I never had a copy until not too long ago, and somehow when I reread all my Teys at the beginning of the year I couldn't put my hands on my copy. (It's a trade paperback, which lives in a different place from the ordinary paperbacks. Stupid segregation.) Also, there is the sort of vague feeling that I was saving this: with Brat Farrar still unread, there was still a Tey novel out there that would be new to me. But then last week my friend Jemidar point [...]

    12. A friend recommended this mystery book to me when hearing of my interest in English authors. Josephine Tey is better known for her book "The Daughter of Time" which is next on my reading list. If "Bret Farrar" is any indication of this author's talent, then I am in for a treat. "Bret Farrar" is a intense look at the English upper classes and their love for well-bred horses. The wealthy family in the book has a history of traditions, class snobbery and tragic loss. It is a crime novel based on th [...]

    13. Oh, this book! I felt compelled to up my rating to 5 stars after this re-read.The basic plot is one of my favorites--the return of the heir, long presumed dead. We the readers know fairly early on that Brat is not the missing Patrick. The tension is generated by the many hurdles Brat has to clear to maintain his impersonation of Patrick. At every point along the way there's the chance that the whole house of cards will come tumbling down. Tey has such a smooth and warm style. All the characters [...]

    14. Is it a scam, if not even the scammer is sure it is actually a scam? A good fast paced mystery with just enough deception to keep me guessing as to who was the victim and who was actually the villain.

    15. Josephine Tey, along with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, is my favorite mystery author. Sadly, she wasn't at all prolific. She only wrote eight mystery 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 favorit [...]

    16. A novel that's (very) loosely based on the case of the Tichborne Claimant. Back in 2009 I read another novel based on the same case, Robin Maugham's The Link (1969). It's not really worth comparing the two because they offer completely different treatments of a similar tantalizing subject: How do you know someone whom you haven't seen in many years is actually the person they claim to be rather than a well trained impostor, even if that person is purportedly a family member?(There's a more direc [...]

    17. Josephine Tey’s best known for her mysteries featuring the suave Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant, particularly The Daughter of Time; however, Brat Farrar has to be her best book. The novel, which deals with mistaken identity and how appearances can be deceiving — on many levels — builds such suspense that you can’t put the book down. That’s such a cliché, I know, but, in the case of Brat Farrar, it’s actually true.By chance, British-born orphan Brat Farrar gets the chance to pose [...]

    18. Did anybody else ever see that movie Candleshoe? It's one of the lesser-known films from Disney's live-action canon; the cool part is that it stars Jessica Tandy and a pre-Taxi Driver Jody Foster. Anyway, Jody Foster plays this orphan who gets chosen by a con man to impersonate this rich British woman's long-lost granddaughter. The con man wants to plant Jody Foster at the lady's house because the guy who built the place was a pirate, and he hid his gold somewhere on the grounds. Jody Foster's j [...]

    19. So many wonderful books would be hidden from our knowledge without the enthusiastic recommendation of a dear friend or relative. A novel that has remained on my personal “Top Ten” list for over twenty years came from just that source. Years ago, Margaret Turner, in her eighties and legally blind, passed on to me a tattered anthology of mystery novels by Josephine Tey. Brat Farrar was my favorite. First published in 1949 and set in rural England, it is a mystery without the standard corpse on [...]

    20. This has one of those witty English families, the Ashbys, living in organized chaos that I just love. But it's a family marked by an old tragedy - the oldest boy, and heir to the family name, disappeared years before, and is presumed dead.Enter our protagonist - an orphan who is a ringer for the missing boy, if he had survived to adulthood. He is approached with a proposition - to impersonate the missing heir, and split the inheritance with the plotter, who will coach him in all things Ashby.It [...]

    21. The book is listed as a "mystery". Well, there is a mystery but we don't really get much about until we are well into the novel and then it's dropped until near the end. A secondary mystery regards the identity of Brat himself and that is resolved in a very artificial way. The novel is well written, the characters and setting well drawn, and if one ignores the flimsy "mystery" the book is a mildly enjoyable read.

    22. A fine old classic mystery. Plenty of suspense and mystery, and interesting enough characters and places. The ending was fine, ok, but lacked a certain amount of punch that would have done a little more justice to all the ways you could imagine Tey could have gone with this. Still, a satisfying read.

    23. There were some gaping holes in the plot, yet the quality of the writing was so good that I quite enjoyed it.

    24. Note: this is not an Inspector Grant novel. Readers of Dick Francis might well enjoy this novel.Josephine Tey is the pseudonym for Elizabeth Mackintosh (1896-1952). Both a playwright (under the pseudonym Gordon Daviot) and novelist and due to a fierce predilection to keeping her life private, little is known about this author. She guarded her life jealously, avoided the press, side-stepped photographers, and never did any interviews. Biographers for the most part are therefore fairly well pissed [...]

    25. Why did I ever think this book would interest me? And even if it had been interesting, it's still not very good.

    26. BRAT FARRAR (Suspense-England-1950s) – ExTey, Josephine – StandaloneColliers Books, 1988, Paperback – ISBN: 0020088221*** Brat Farrer is an English orphan who, after much travel, has decided to come back to England. He is soon mistaken for Simon Ashby of Latchetts by Alec Loding, a cousin of the Ashbys. Brat is talked into impersonating Patrick Ashby, Simon’s older twin who allegedly committed suicide when they were ten. Now about to come of age and inherit Latchetts, the plan is for Bra [...]

    27. Awesome book! In my rediscovery of Josephine Tey, this is the best yet, perhaps her best ever in my opinion. It's a mystery, but not your traditional puzzle piece mystery. The mystery is intrinsic to the story, but the book is so much more. The point of view is unusual, from inside the head of the imposter who isn't even a bad guy. I want to give it a 5. My only hesitation is that I don't think Tey completely explained how the protagonist solved the murder. What did he see from up on the hill?! [...]

    28. In this novel of stolen identity, Brat Farrar is enlisted to pose as Patrick Ashby, scion of a wealthy English family, who was an apparent suicide eight years early. The book traces the tempting of Farrar, and his struggles with his new identity. Coincidentally, I had recently read The Scapegoat, by Daphne du Maurier, in which the protagonist is thrust, against his wishes, into a similar situation where he must act in the family role of his double. The books have many similarities. du Maurier's [...]

    29. An old story line-pretender to family fortune suddenly appears but is he really who he says he is?- is taken up by one of the best, imo, mystery fiction writers of the 20th century-Josephine Tey. Brat Farrar is, I believe, her most famous mystery. And although I would agree it's hew usual exceptional writing, interesting characters, and absorbing plot, I would argue that all her mysteries are her "best". But then I clearly love Tey and cannot judge her fairly. Except that it's clearly fair to sa [...]

    30. I really liked this book, but it might not be for everyone. The plot would make an excellent movie, but the book itself is written at a very, very slow pace. As intrigue at a British manor is exactly my cup of tea, I found it totally absorbing and so was three quarters of the way through the book before I knew it and realized that nothing much had really "happened" by that point. That's both a compliment and a criticism, I suppose.The ending was a little pat and I wish it had been a little creep [...]

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