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Patricia Wentworth
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21 Sep 2000 A Miss Silver Mystery

There was a certain heavy air of intrigue and mystery emanating from the old inn high on the cliff top. The Catherine-Wheel had once been a home for pirates and smugglers, but now is looked like it was harbouring a murderer.

It had begun with an advertisement in the paper requesting descendants of the late innkeeper, Jeremiah Taverner, to stay for a weekend at the inn. They had arrived, a mixed assortment, to the family reunion eager to discover the secrets of their ancestry. But one of them had been hideously murdered, bringing the inn's stormy past into frightening focus.

Scotland Yard, already suspicious of dope smuggling in the area, sends Maud Silver to investigate before the fireworks start to fly.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (21 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034076774X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340767740
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You can't go wrong with Maud Silver (Observer)

Miss Wentworth is a first-rate storyteller (Daily Telegraph)

Miss Silver is marvellous (Daily Mail)

I like Wentworth very much - she captures the mores of pre-war middle class England perfectly, and she writes rather better than Christie. They are romantic cosies, of course, but with an edge to them and an intelligence to the writing that has lasted. (Andrew Taylor)

I always thought them rather better than 'Miss Marple' and certainly very well written. (Mary Stewart)

Miss Silver has her place in detective fiction as surely as Lord Peter Wimsey or Hercule Poirot (Manchester Evening News)

. . . some of the best examples of the British country-house murder mystery (Alfred Hitchcock Magazine)

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One of the mistresses of classic crime fiction, Patricia Wentworth returns with a classic Miss Silver mystery in stunning new packaging.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder and smuggling 30 July 2011
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Miss Maud Silver is asked by Scotland Yard to investigate what is going on at the Catherine Wheel a seaside public house noted for its association with smugglers. Jacob Taverner has invited some of his estranged relatives to stay at the Catherine Wheel over a weekend for reasons best known to himself.

Miss Silver turns up at the inn and manages to get herself a room there only to find herself in the middle of a murder on her first night. The waiter at the inn is murdered and all the guests and the rest of the staff are suspects.

This is a fascinating story involving family feuds, unrequited passions and some eccentric characters. Through it all Miss Silver knits imperturbably and reports her findings to Frank Abbot who is staying nearby. I really enjoyed this books because it shows the really quite touching relationship between Frank and Miss Silver and how well it works when it comes to investigating crimes.

If you have not tried Patricia Wentworth's books before then this would be an excellent one to start with as it shows Miss Silver at her best and it is an excellent plot. I didn't work out what was going on until very close to the end.
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The usual Wentworth fare. An intriguing plot - with the usual romantic thread running through. Characters tend to be rather unconvincing at times.

In spite of Miss Silver's ability to solve numerous murders while giving them all the credit, the silly old police STILL don't seem able to take her seriously when she tries to warn them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Patricia Wentworth at her best 6 Jun 2014
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One of the great advantages of being a Kindle customer is that you can get virtually any book you like at any time. At one time, I searched out and read every Patricia Wentworth novel I could find, but they were pretty hard to find in local bookstores. Now, one can enjoy a feast of them at will! (No, Amazon did not pay me to say that.)
Miss Silver is a retired governess; if she had lived as most of her kind have to do, she would have had a very impoverished retirement. However, she has set up as a private detective. She seems a mild and harmless little lady in old-fashioned clothes, constantly knitting, coughing in a ladylike manner and quoting her 'dear Tennyson' (the poet) in a moralising way. However, she has a mind like a razor, a generous amount of common sense and is a keen observer of humanity. She was once governess in a number of wealthy households and has many upper-crust contacts. In particular, she was governess to Frank Abbot, now a Scotland Yard detective, and as a result she works with him on a number of cases. He has enrolled her to help investigate the goings on at an ancient Cornish inn, the Catherine Wheel.
The inn had once been used by pirates and smugglers and is now implicated in a murder. Jeremiah Taverner was innkeeper there until his death. An advertisement appears in the papers for his descendants to stay there for a weekend and several do so, keen to learn more of their ancestry - and to find out if they are in line to inherit some money. . Scotland Yard is interested in the inn because of suspected drugs running there and when one of the Taverners is horribly murdered, Miss Silver must get to the bottom of the mystery.
Jacob Taverner is the son of the original Jacob. He's now elderly and claims that he is looking for an heir.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Detectives 2 Mar 2014
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Definitely of its era, but well constructed and a page turner Miss silver does it again. Hope there will be more available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars f'un mysteries to read! 30 Nov 2013
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I like her plot lines, characters and simplicity! She is a clever author that uses language well and does not need profanity! Refreshing!
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