Nothing much ever seemed to happen in the sleepy village of Hazel Green apart from the occasional tea party, spiced with local gossip. Until Maggie Bell went out one evening for a breath of fresh air and never came back.
Could Maggie's disappearance be linked to security leaks at the nearby Air Ministry? Or is a sinister scheme being hatched closer to home? Miss Silver is called in to solve the mystery, just as a second person goes missing....
©1955 Patricia Wentworth (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd
For fans of Agatha Christie, Patricia Wentworth's classic British mysteries are a real find. Miss Silver is the retired governess turned private sleuth whose Victorian manners and morals are pure, proper, and good, and whose gimlet mind fastens vise-like on the telling details that explode the mystery. In this story, a wicked witch-like older woman terrorizes and bullies her young niece and the niece's little sister. Enter a strong, sensible, knight in shining armor and Miss Silver to put things right. The old fashioned charm of Wentworth's books is by no means sentimental or unintelligent; great word smithery is evident in each paragraph. This narrator was born to read these books--her tones and inflections are exactly right for the period and the atmosphere, and each character has a distinct, consistent voice. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.
Interesting characters (both good and bad!), romance, a good mystery.
She gets the characters just right and brings the era to life. Very pleasant listen.
I love the way the romance was handled. You pulled for them, and I loved hating the "bad guy". Patricia Wentworth is an excellent writer. This book is very much along Agatha Christie lines. A terrific listen.
I have read most of Ms. Wentworth's books and can say with certainty this is one of her best. I would be hard pressed to say which one is the very best. This story is everything you want for a cozy mystery ... great characters, village life in England, the wicked Aunt, love intrigue and surprises as well. And Ms. Silver in her edgiest sleuthing. Don't miss this one.
"A must for fans of Miss Silver"
This is definitely one of the best Miss Silver mysteries. Less predictable than some of her books and a really solid plot. Whether you are new to the delights of Patricia Wentworth's work, or whether you are a seasoned Miss Silver fan, I would heartily recommend you give this one a go if you are in the market for a cosy murder mystery.
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