Poison in the Pen Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 1 Jan 2001
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Miss Wentworth is a first-rate storyteller (Daily Telegraph)
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 Silver is marvellous (Daily Mail)
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)
...some of the best examples of the British country-house murder mystery (Alfred Hitchcock Magazine) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I find crime stories involving poison pen letters fascinating though there are comparatively few of them around. Agatha Christie's `The Moving Finger` is probably the best known together with Dorothy L Sayers' Gaudy Night. `Poison in the Pen' is a better book than Christie's `The Moving Finger' in my opinion. The characters are interesting and realistic and most have a secret to hide. Very little is as it seems to be at first glance. Throughout it all Miss Silver sits and knits - and watches and listens - and forms her own opinions. Annoyingly from the point of view of the police, these opinions are usually right.
Not quite a country house mystery - though one of the murders does take place in a country house - this is a country village mystery. Everyone's business is known to everyone else but still people manage to keep some things to themselves. This is the second Miss Silver mystery I have read and she is growing on me. These books deserve to be better known in my opinion. They are well written and well plotted and there is little on the page violence; a refreshing change from the graphic detail in many modern crime stories.
Not bad entry in the Miss Silver series. The usual drippy romantic couple is offset by some menace generated in the middle of the book. The climax also sees Miss Silver in real danger for a change. Even though the outcome is not unexpected it is nice to see Miss Silver getting her hands dirty. So, pretty much what Miss Silver fans will have come to expect which is no bad thing. For others, an undemanding whodunnit.
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