The first of the classic mysteries featuring governess-turned-detective Miss Silver, who investigates a deadly conspiratorial ring.
Charles Moray has come home to England to collect his inheritance. After four years wandering the jungles of India and South America, the hardy young man returns to the manor of his birth, where generations of Morays have lived and died. Strangely, he finds the house unlocked, and sees a light on in one of its abandoned rooms. Eavesdropping, he learns of a conspiracy to commit a fearsome crime.
Never one for the heroic, Charles’ first instinct is to let the police settle it. But then he hears her voice. Margaret, his long-lost love, is part of the gang. To unravel their diabolical plot, he contacts Miss Silver, a onetime governess who applies her reason to solve crimes and face the dangers of London’s underworld.
©1929 Patricia Wentworth (P)2014 Audible Inc.
The story was so good. I didn't want to put it down.
She kept me guessing until the very end.
I would give away a surprise but the best scene is near the end.
If you can only read one of Ms. Wentworth's books, which is a very sad predicament indeed, but if only one, read this one. Her books are all on a high level of story, characters and flow. Someone who can write so many great mysteries of this type is amazing. Not since Christie herself I shouldn't wonder.
Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton. In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!!
I tried 2 more by Wentworth and found all three books to be the same story, just different names. Narrator Diana Bishop is superb.
In this first book, I was mildly surprised. But that's because if you pay attention, each most viable suspect - the poor relation, the jealous lover or competition, the disgruntled retainer - are all eliminated, one by one, until the LEAST LIKELY person is left standing. By the third book, I figured it out right away.
Probably not. Mrs. Silver is not as well-developed as a Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot. She's just not very interesting enough to carry a feature film. Maybe a television series.....
There's nothing overall wrong with this series. Just don't fall for the description "like Agatha Christie" as I did. Because Wentworth is not even close. These books are good for their era and as long as you wait 6 months between each in the series. I can read Agatha Christie books one after another, even a second and third time each, and still not figure out the plots. I was looking forward to listening to all of this series. However three is enough for me!
I thought that Miss Silver was going to be a pivotal part of the plot but she barely plays into it. The story was engaging and the narrator, excellent but for me, the focus should have been more on Miss Silver and her sleuthing.
I love to read and I love to listen to good books! Because I can listen while I walk, its great for both my health and the health of my dog Rubi.
The Narrator. It just sounded wrong. Really wrong. Far to dull and she made the characters seem really insipid. Maybe they were written that way, I don't know I havn't read this particular book but really.... Really??
I enjoy reading Patricia Wentworth's books. Ok she is no Agatha Christie but her books are classic, enjoyable, nice-polite-murder-mysteries. A genre I love. However...I would not try another one read by Diana Bishop.
Perhaps she just does not like nice-polite-murder-mysteries. Maybe she was bored. She sounded bored. And ancient. And underpaid.
No. I will probably delete it from my library. Mind you, to be fair, it is the first of the series and many series start of with a slightly shaky start and grow to be worth having.
I like this story and it's twists and turns. Unfortunately, I had to restart it 3 times before I could follow the beginning.
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