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Kathleen

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  • The Brading Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (75)

    Lewis Brading loves only one thing - his collection of jewels. Not only are the gems extremely valuable but also every piece has a fascinating and bloody history attached to it. However Lewis is a frightened and difficult man who sees thieves around every corner. When he asks Miss Silver for help, she gives him some sound advice and turns him away. A few days later, she receives a letter from him, again asking for help. But it is too late. In the morning paper is the news of his murder.

    Kathleen Rogers says: "Lovers of classic British mystery, rejoice!"
    "Lovers of classic British mystery, rejoice!"
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    Extremely well narrated by Diana Bishop, this is an enjoyable entry in the Miss Silver series, more of which seem to be now available on Audible.

    Miss Silver, retired governess and private inquiry agent, is one of the more interesting 20th century British sleuths--she is a professional, not an amateur, and her investigations relay as much upon her knowledge of human behavior gleaned from years as a governess as upon her high intelligence and analytical abilities.

    There is nothing frivolous here, and the emotional stakes are always high. The author plays fair, and the outcomes are not shocking, but the way in which the plots unfold with Miss Silver's assistance is really pleasurable. Unlike many more modern detective novels, the focus is not on the personal life and development of the investigator, and this means the series can be read in any order

    P.S. If you are a crafter, you will enjoy Miss Silver's knitting, and the notion that a woman with pointy sticks in her hand is often underestimated, to the dismay of miscreants. If you are not a crafter, don't worry, this is not one of the dreadful, smarmy knitting-cooking-quilting-dog grooming- etc. modern series that seem to be cluttering up the bookstores lately.



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