Tanis Lyle was one of those passionate women who always get their own way. Her cousin Laura hated her. Most women did. But men found her irresistible and she used them mercilessly. So when Tanis was found murdered there seemed to be any number of suspects on hand. But Miss Silver had her own suspicions....
©1943 Patricia Wentworth Turnbull (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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"Not sure what it wants to be"
I would recommend it to somebody who was reasonably well read in the crime genre but with a warning that a large pinch of salt may be required.
The most noticeable for me had little to do with the story. Rather the author's dislike for long engagements. Couples meet, fall in love and marry within hours! This is a feature of this author's books. Some of the depictions of the young women are very annoying to a modern woman
Diana Bishop's performance is consistent, matches the story and listenable.
Overall this book (and the others in the series) are of their time. Women frequently "burst into tear", "start to cry" etc but if you can get past the mush, the whodunnit bits are ok.
"Patricia Wentworth true to form"
The Miss Silver stories are easy listening. She gets to a point in every story that you know she knows who did it and helps you to learn who.
Really enjoyed this - not a hard listen at all - read Miss Silver books a long time ago and enjoying reacquainting myself with them.
Would happily recommend
"Mystery at its best"
A highly recommended read. Having read over 2,000 books of this genre, I rate it in my top 20 of this's genre.
"Classic 'Golden Age' cozy mystery"
Yes, I would. You can not beat Patricia Wentworth's Miss Maud Silver mysteries....pure classics.
The nearest would be Agatha Christie's Miss Jane Marple in 'A Murder is Announced'.
Classic country house murder mystery, with a splash of romance.
If you like 'Golden Age' classics or 'Cozy' mysteries, Patricia Wentworth will supply the goods every time.
"Classic tale sill worth listening to"
Who would have thought that an old-fashioned country house murder would be so entertaining? Maybe it's because it's such a welcome change from torture, horror and gore.Frightfully nice, well-dressed people get caught up in a suddenly dark story of vengeance and madness. The story may belong to another generation but the motives are very familiar. It held my attention with no difficulty through a rainy afternoon at home.
Maud Silver is probably a better heroine than Miss Marple - she has the nerve to be a detective in a world where women still found it hard to be taken seriously. Wentworth avoids a good deal of the instinctive sexism of Christie and her ilk, and, knitting apart, at least allows her characters to treat her with respect.There's something of the tricoteuse about the knitting, as it unfolds the yarn of people's lives with great efficiency.
Diana Bishop's reading is faultless, and she has exactly the right voice and tone for this generation of writing.
Decided to listen to some more of Wentworth which is my highest compliment.
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