Laura Fane has inherited a house called The Priory on her twenty first birthday. It is currently rented by her aunt Agnes Fane but the various parts of the Fane family have been at odds since Laura's mother ran off with Agnes' fiancé. Agnes wants her other niece Tanis Lyle to inherit The Priory and is putting pressure on Laura to sell to her. In order to end the feud Laura is invited down to stay with Agnes.
Then the problems start. Tanis is found dead and any of the house party guests could have been the murderer. Maud Silver is staying in the house in order to investigate some petty thefts which have been taking place so she is in an ideal position to try and work out who is the murderer. The novel features Randal Marsh before he reaches the dizzy heights of Chief Constable.
There are many undercurrents throughout this novel and the whole atmosphere is very dark but believable. The characters are well drawn and throughout it all Maud Silver knits for her many friends and relations and watches the people around her for the small things which give them away. One of the best of the Miss Silver novels in my opinion.
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"Miss Silver has her place in detective fiction as surely as Lord Peter Wimsey or Hercule Poirot." --Manchester Evening News "Patricia Wentworth has created a great detective in Miss Silver, the little old lady who nobody notices, but who in turn notices everything." --Paula Gosling, author of the Jack Stryker mystery series "You can't go wrong with Miss Maud Silver." --The Observer --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
A particular favourite - Andrew TaylorMiss Silver is marvellous - Daily Mail. . . some of the best examples of the British country-house murder mystery - Alfred Hitchcock magazineMiss Silver has her place in detective fiction as surely as Lord Peter Wimsey or Hercule Poirot - Manchester Evening NewsMiss Wentworth is a first rate story-teller - Daily TelegraphYou can't go wrong with Miss Maud Silver - ObserverMiss Wentworth's plot is ingenious, her characterization acute, her solution satisfying - The ScotsmanPatricia Wentworth has created a great detective in Miss Silver, the little old lady who nobody notices, but who in turn notices everything - Paula Gosling --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B0043VDICY
- Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton; New e. edition (12 September 2005)
- Language : English
- File size : 586 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 328 pages
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A Family FeudReviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 February 2011
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WeakReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 September 2017
I hope this is not a representative P. Wentworth. It is shows no strength in creating character (they are cardboard) and atmosphere, and the solution is weak indeed: the murderer tells it all overheard by Miss Silver. Despite what some reviewers say this is very far below Agatha Christie.
Enjoyable readReviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 February 2020
An easy read with lively cast of characters. Guessed the twist in the plot before the reveal, but it was enjoyable none the less
NIce readReviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 July 2019
Nice mystery to keep in my library. I will read again many thanks