New Year’s Eve, 1940, is unusual for the Paradine family. Departing from tradition, James Paradine makes a speech that changes the course of many lives.
Valuable documents have disappeared. A member of the family has taken them. The culprit has until midnight to confess and return the papers. A few minutes after 12, James Paradine is dead. It is left to Miss Silver to disentangle the threads that bind the Paradine family in a strange web of dislike, hatred, and fear.
©1945 Patricia Wentworth (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd
Excellent classic mystery in the tradition of Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh---good characters, nice surprise twists (more than one!) and literate writing, elegantly narrated.
Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
The Miss Silver mysteries are charming reflections of their times, written in what sometimes seems a rather stilted style to today's reader. But once you get past that, the stories are interesting, the puzzles are ingenious, and Miss Silver solves them all.
Miss Silver is not like Miss Marple: Miss Silver actually does some detective work, like tailing suspects and re-enacting certain aspects of a murder. She is also not as endearing as Miss Marple, and I like her the better for it.
The Clock Strikes Twelve involves alibis that depend on times, clocks that are tampered with, and people disguising themselves to look like someone else, all in the context of a family New Years Eve party to welcome in 1940.
This is the seventh book in the Miss Silver series, and I think it is one of Patricia Wentworth's best. Diana Bishop takes a text which might be rather dry and makes it interesting and dramatic.
Loved this book. Interesting characters with some good plot twists made this an engrossing listen.
If you love cozy british mysteries, you will definitely love this book.
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Patricia Wentworth is one my favorite mystery writers and this book is no exception. I just love Miss Silver, so seeing her in action is always a treat.
Ms Bishop does her usual stellar job with this Patricia Wentworth title. I read the book prior to buying the audiobook and enjoyed it far more while listening. Ms Bishop gave the characters depth and life.
Ms Wentworth writes good books, but sometimes my concentration is too poor to appreciate the details. Ms Bishop's narration allows me to really appreciate the excellent stories.
I wish Audible had more author's titles narrated by Ms Bishop.
I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!
If this had been my first Patricia Wentworth read, it would be my last. This is my forth Miss Silver novel. I don't know if it was that there were too many characters, or if it was the convoluted storyline. But, I could sympathize with none of the characters. I had to make myself finish the story, and I had to re-start the story I don't know how many times. Halfway to the end I didn't know what was going on, and I didn't care
No, not one of her best.
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