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The Brading Collection Paperback – 1 Jan 1950

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (1 Jan. 1950)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340897864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340897867
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.3 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 492,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

Miss Wentworth's plot is ingenious, her characterization acute, her solution satisfying (Scotsman)

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

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

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

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Classic Miss Silver mystery from the golden age of crime: Lewis Brading knew someone wanted him dead but he didn't know who . . . until the moment of his murder.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 July 2011
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Lewis Brading approaches Miss Silver to ask her to look it into what he considers strange going on in his home. He is a wealthy man and has a large collection of jewellery with macabre associations. Warne House has been turned into a club but Lewis lives in a very secure annex off the main building which has only one door and no windows because it is built into a hillside. He feels he has been drugged at night and that someone else has been in the annex. Miss Silver does not like Lewis Brading because she senses he is a cruel and manipulative person. She warns him that the way he is behaving could bring about his downfall and refuses the case.

Lewis returns home unhappy with Miss Silver's comments. A short time later Miss Silver receives a letter from Lewis Brading saying the situation is now urgent and she can mae her own fee but she must come down and try and find out what is going on. She then opens her morning paper and reads the report of Lewis Brading's murder. An unlikeable corpse and a collection of suspects in a relatively confined environment provides a complex mystery for Maud Silver to unravel with the aid of Chief Constable Randall March.

I enjoyed this mystery because it provided a number of suspects all with credible motives, the means to commit the murder and the opportunity to do so. The reader has to try and work out who is hiding what and who is telling the truth but maybe not the whole truth and who is telling outright lies. This is an intriguing puzzle with some particularly unpleasant characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vickers on 23 Sept. 2013
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I have only recently discovered the Miss Silver stories and am working my way through them.

However, I would consider this to be one of her weakest - the characters are at her most typical (and therefore somewhat wooden and utterly predictable).

As ever, the novel is an interesting time capsule and offers a valuable viewpoint on life at that time. However, the plot was weak and it was instantly obvious not only 'whodunnit' but 'how'.

It won't detract me from continuing my exploration of the series, but if you are choosing between this book and another unread Miss Silver - I would opt for the other.
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Comparable in many ways to Agatha Christie but better characterisation and not such unpredictable plots. I enjoyed the period detail.
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