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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperback; New Ed edition (1 Oct. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340286458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340286456
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.2 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A particular favourite (Andrew Taylor)

Miss Silver is marvellous (Daily Mail)

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

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

Miss Wentworth is a first rate story-teller (Daily Telegraph)

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

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

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)

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Where there's a will there's a motive for murder! Miss Silver solves this mystery written by one of the Queens of classic crime fiction.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Jan. 2011
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Miss Maud Silver finds herself in a position of trying to prevent a murder rather than work out who the murderer is. Rachel Traherne inherited a great deal of money from her father, much to the chagrin of her sister Mabel and her other relatives. Rachel consults Miss Silver when she is the victim of several minor accidents which might or might not be accidents. She invites Miss Silver to stay with her for a time to see if she can work out who is trying to murder her. Miss Silver naturally advises her to go to the police but Rachel does not want to do that.

On Miss Silver's arrival she finds Rachel has suffered another near fatal accident when she is pushed over the edge of a cliff in the dark. It is up to Miss Silver to try and find out who is aiming to dispose of Rachel before they can succeed. I thought the build up of tension was excellent in this book with a very exciting and atmospheric conclusion which definitely raised the hairs on the back of my neck. This is a well written story with some interesting characters and plenty of clues and red herrings.

If you like your crime novels in the traditional Golden Age mode of Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers and Gladys Mitchell then give Patricia Wentworth a try - you will not be disappointed. Her books are well written with complex plots and motives and believable characters and settings. Then of course there is the inimitable Miss Maud Silver who can see what's under the surface better than most.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lacey Green on 6 Mar. 2013
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I have almost the set now. The Miss Silver mysteries are formulaic in that they end with the villain getting what's due to them, being hauled off by the police, dying of sheer spleen or taking their own way out. They are the ideal read for anybody who wants a vivid picture of 30's-50's England, mainly south coast, with its prejudices and customs intact. Also, Ms Wentworth's English is lucid and sometimes witty. Her heroes sometimes irritate me by being unconsciously smug and her heroines by being a bit too fragile and at the same time inclined to go exploring in places where a sensible person would at least wear a crash helmet and take the poker BUT, if you need taking out of yourself with a bad cold or such, Miss Silver is the ideal companion for a convalescent.
This one has a seaside setting, rather unusual, slightly older protagonists, some convincing, not entirely likeable, secondary characters and a really horrid villain. Great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Westmount on 8 Jun. 2014
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As always with Wentworth, there is the back story of the lonely woman of mature years who belatedly finds romance, but the central plot is quite intriguing and, in spite of a small number of possible suspects, she manages to keep us guessing until quite near the end. There is even something vaguely resembling a car chase!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Utley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Jan. 2015
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A couple of days ago I read the first of the Miss Silver books (Grey Mask). I found it a pleasant, light read, though it seemed to me that Miss Silver's character had not been developed at all. I resolved to read another, to see whether Miss Silver ever came into herself. I decided against the second in the series (Amazon reviews were not terribly glowing and they tended to complain that Miss Silver hardly appeared at all). I went for this book, the third. It was an excellent decision.

Miss Rachel Treherne, aged thirty-eight, has an awful burden. Her millionaire father left her his entire fortune, passing over her older sister. On his death bed he gave her unusual instructions as to what she was to do with the money. In particular, she was constantly to keep under review the question of which members of the family should benefit on her own death. She was to change her will once a year to take account of how her relations had been behaving.

Miss Treherne is a naturally generous woman. Her large country house is often occupied by her relations, most of whom are in need of money. She does her best for them, but she doesn't feel at liberty, in view of her father's death bed instructions, to give them the large sums of money that most think they deserve.

Miss Treherne becomes frightened. She has received anonymous letters threatening her life. And then, to her horror, attempts are actually made. She decides to visit Miss Silver, a retired governess who has become a private investigator. Miss Silver agrees to help. She is to be a house guest in Miss Treherne's house.

It would be wrong of me to say much more. Suffice it to say that there is no shortage of action. There seems to be evidence potentially incriminating all Miss Treherne's relations.
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