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Patricia Wentworth

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  • Lonesome Road | Patricia Wentworth

    Lonesome Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (51)
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    Rachel Traherne does not want to meet Maud Silver. She does not want to tell her that someone has threatened her life, because she does not want that dreadful fact to be true. But see Miss Silver she must, for the stout, old-fashioned detective is the only person in London who may be able to keep her safe. Rachel has been receiving threatening letters about her deceased father's fortune. The first two letters were vague; the third said simply, "Get ready to die."

    Ruth Bain says: "Good example of a classic British mystery"
  • Miss Silver Comes to Stay: Miss Silver, Book 16 | Patricia Wentworth

    Miss Silver Comes to Stay: Miss Silver, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The citizens of Melling are perfectly ordinary—exactly the sort one finds in just about every cozy English village—and to a certain person they might even appear boring. But to Miss Silver, people are always interesting. It has been some years since she gave up work as a governess to become a detective, and her interest in people has served her well. She comes to Melling on vacation—a long postponed visit to an old school chum—but Miss Silver’s business is murder, and her vacations never last long.

    Farwan House Variety Store says: "Wonderful British Cosy"
  • The Key: The Miss Silver Mysteries | Patricia Wentworth

    The Key: The Miss Silver Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (63)
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    It's nearing the end of WWII, and Michael Harsh has been working for the government on a secret project for years. Finally he is ready to hand over the formula. But the next morning he is dead. It looks like suicide. Only Miss Silver knows it's murder.

    Dorothy says: "Miss Silver, Where have you been my whole life?"
  • The Case of William Smith | Patricia Wentworth

    The Case of William Smith

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (93)
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    Who was William Smith? And why was Mavis Jones so horrified to see him? For seven years William had worked as a woodcarver for the local toyshop, ignorant of his true identity. The war had robbed him of his memory, and no one expected him to ever find the answer. So when he took his work to Evesleys Ltd, why was his life instantly in danger? When William makes the frightening discovery that there are people determined not to let his memory return whatever the cost, Miss Silver is called in to investigate.

    lynda says: "Very Good"
  • The Case Is Closed | Patricia Wentworth

    The Case Is Closed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    Overall
    (133)
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    (118)
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    (120)

    The Everton murder case has long been closed. The culprit has been charged with the murder of his uncle and has served a year of his sentence already. Or has he? The evidence against Geoffrey Grey is convincing but his wife believes in his innocence. And so does her young cousin, Hilary, who decides to solve the mystery herself. But when Hilary herself is nearly murdered she turns in desperation to her ex-fiancé for help. He calls upon the services of Miss Silver to help solve another mystery, which she does in her own original style.

    Kathi says: "An early Miss Silver mystery"
  • Grey Mask: Miss Silver, Book 1 | Patricia Wentworth

    Grey Mask: Miss Silver, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Sue McCallister says: "Miss Silver was in this book? Just barely"
  • The Clock Strikes Twelve | Patricia Wentworth

    The Clock Strikes Twelve

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Though they share a manor house, the Paradines are not close, and their patriarch does nothing to discourage the petty jealousies that divide wealthy families. A cold figure, James Paradine prefers work to his relations, but on New Year's Eve he convenes the household. Valuable plans have been stolen from his office, and only one person could be to blame. He knows the culprit's name and gives the thief until midnight to come forward.

    Kimberly Colley says: "Delightfully disturbing"
  • The Silent Pool | Patricia Wentworth

    The Silent Pool

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (63)
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    (48)
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    First she felt herself being pushed downstairs. Then there was the bowl of poisoned mushroom soup. Finally the tampered-with tablet amongst her sleeping pills was the last straw. Adriana Ford, famous actress and mistress of the house decided to call in Miss Silver. And Maud Silver, with impeccable logic, pointed out that the person who was trying to kill her must be a member of her own household. And then the murders started...

  • Spotlight | Patricia Wentworth

    Spotlight

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
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    Gregory Porlock’s party was a very successful one - from Gregory’s point of view. He was in the highest of spirits, and the fact that his guests were obviously not in a party mood only added to his enjoyment. He knew they all had good reason to fear and dislike him, and it amused him to play the part of the genial host, and to watch each of his visitors trying to act the part of a gay and carefree guest for the benefit of all the others. Gregory never knew that one of his visitors played two roles that evening, that someone doubled the part of guest and murderer, for in that drama Gregory Porlock was cast for a different role.

    Constance says: "Fantastic, smart classic British mystery!"
  • The Chinese Shawl: Miss Silver, Book 5 | Patricia Wentworth

    The Chinese Shawl: Miss Silver, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
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    (116)
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    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…

    Marie says: "My Favorite Miss Silver So Far"
  • The Alington Inheritance | Patricia Wentworth

    The Alington Inheritance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
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    (28)
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    Jenny has never been one to feel sorry for herself. The illegitimate child of a wealthy man and a statureless woman, she has been an orphan since before she can remember. It is a hard life made bearable only by the kindness of her guardian, an old woman named Miss Garstone, who has always treated Jenny as her own. Struck down by a motorist, "Garsty" dies, whispering to Jenny that her parents were actually married, and she is the rightful heir to the Alington fortune.

    Rita Pavolka says: "Wentworth comes through again."
  • Miss Silver Intervenes | Patricia Wentworth

    Miss Silver Intervenes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
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    When her fiancé, Giles Armitage, is lost at sea in the middle of the Second World War, Meade Underwood is left in the company of a middle-aged aunt with nothing but a monotonous round of bridge parties and war work to fill her days. A chance encounter restores Giles to Meade but he has lost his memory, and their rediscovered happiness is threatened by the machinations of the scheming Carola Roland, a figure from Giles' forgotten past. So when Carola is viciously murdered, Giles becomes the chief suspect....

    Book Maven says: "Miss Silver always had a clue...& a solution!"
  • Out of the Past: Miss Silver, Book 23 | Patricia Wentworth

    Out of the Past: Miss Silver, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (63)
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    James and Carmona Hardwick are spending the summer playing host to numerous friends and relatives in an old Hardwick family residence by the sea. The arrival of Alan Field, a devastatingly handsome though shady figure from Carmona's past, destroys the holiday atmosphere in the old house and replaces it with a mounting tension, culminating in murder. Fortunately, Miss Silver is present to unravel the complex mystery and seek out the murderer amongst them.

    Kathi says: "From Vintage Mystery days"
  • The Fingerprint | Patricia Wentworth

    The Fingerprint

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Miss Silver joins a friend from Scotland Yard to investigate a suspicious suicide. Frank Abbott’s vacations never last very long, and his trip to Field End is no exception. He has hardly enjoyed a moment of Jonathan Field’s hospitality before tragedy strikes. A niece ventures into old Jonathan’s study at night to ask him a question, and finds him stone cold with a revolver by his hand. An obvious suicide, it seems, but Inspector Abbott is not so sure.

  • The Gazebo | Patricia Wentworth

    The Gazebo

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
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    Althea Graham's hypochondriac mother seldom visits the gazebo - yet she is found dead in it one morning. The Graham estate had once enjoyed a rural view, but now the grounds are part of suburban London and the gazebo is an anachronistic summerhouse. Scotland Yard becomes suspicious of Althea and her fiancé, the dashing foreign correspondent Nicholas Carey, because the death of her mother frees them to be married at last.

    Marie says: "Weak Female Lead Character"
  • Pilgrim's Rest | Patricia Wentworth

    Pilgrim's Rest

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
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    The two Miss Pilgrims, Columba and Janette, think its unwise to leave their fine ancestral home, Pilgrim's Rest. When their brother suffers a fatal fall only days after talking about selling it, and his son barely escapes two near-fatal accidents, they suspect it's deadly to leave. Surely Miss Silver can determine why the house hates to be empty.

    ann cousino says: "Great mystery"
  • Through the Wall | Patricia Wentworth

    Through the Wall

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
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    (98)
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    There are bitter scenes in the Brand family when Martin Brand dies and leaves his large estate not to his widowed sister-in-law but to Marion, his young niece whom he had only met once in his life. For Marion, the prospect of sharing her new home with Martin’s predatory relations is not a happy one, and when a battered body wearing her coat is found on the beach her unhappiness turns to panic. Will Miss Silver find the murderer before the next killing?

    Nancy says: "Miss Silver mysteries are always a joy to read"
  • Eternity Ring: Miss Silver, Book 14 | Patricia Wentworth

    Eternity Ring: Miss Silver, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
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    (70)
    Story
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    Mary Stokes was walking through Dead Man's Copse one evening when she saw, in the beam of a torch, the corpse of a young woman dressed in a black coat, black gloves, no hat and an eternity ring set with diamonds in her ear. But when she and Detective Sergeant Frank Abbott went back to the wood the body had vanished.

    Diane says: "ONE OF WENTWORTH'S BEST COZEYS"
  • Anna, Where Are You? | Patricia Wentworth

    Anna, Where Are You?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
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    (28)
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    Hired to trace Anna Ball, who has vanished, Miss Maud Silver encounters an eccentric art colony, bank robberies, and counterfeiting. As with other Miss Silver mysteries, the story relies on character development. Nadia May reads clearly and distinguishes individuals well; her British voice is ideal for this genteel period thriller (1951). Agatha Christie fans will enjoy this one.

    sharon says: "Another Great Who-Done IT!"
  • The Girl in the Cellar: Miss Silver, Book 32 | Patricia Wentworth

    The Girl in the Cellar: Miss Silver, Book 32

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (62)
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    (56)
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    She awakes in a dark place. A young woman with a shattered memory, she knows neither who she is nor how she came to be in this abandoned house. All she possesses is a faint sense that someone is lying dead at the foot of the stairs. Horrifyingly, she is correct. In the cellar lies a young woman, her body broken, her head split, her life undone by a revolver’s shell. The amnesiac flees and finally has a stroke of luck: She meets Maud Silver.

    Deborah says: "Not this cozy author's best; maybe, worst"
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