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Run Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 1994

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Warner Books; Reprint edition (1 Jan. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446359114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446359115
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 17.1 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 558,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Patricia Wentworth was born Dora Amy Elles in India in 1877 (not 1878 as has sometimes been stated). She was first educated privately in India, and later at Blackheath School for Girls. Her first husband was George Dillon, with whom she had her only child, a daughter. She also had two stepsons from her first marriage, one of whom died in the Somme during World War I.

Her first novel was published in 1910, but it wasn’t until the 1920’s that she embarked on her long career as a writer of mysteries. Her most famous creation was Miss Maud Silver, who appeared in 32 novels, though there were a further 33 full-length mysteries not featuring Miss Silver—the entire run of these is now reissued by Dean Street Press.

Patricia Wentworth died in 1961. She is recognized today as one of the pre-eminent exponents of the classic British golden age mystery novel.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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This isn't a Maud Silver novel; RUN! was first published in 1938, just after that long gap in the Silver series between GREY MASK (1928) and the 2nd Silver novel (1937) , wherein Wentworth's command of her craft, polished by the intervening non-Silver books, improved to the standard that held through the rest of her life. This particular book is a very good story with a lot of humor, more adventure and suspense than puzzle-solving.

James Elliot, with no sisters but 14 girl cousins, flatters himself that he knows a lot about girls, especially their general untruthfulness. (He's even almost as clever as he thinks he is.) But when he gets lost driving down back country roads through fog and stops to ask directions, the girl who dashes out of the unknown house saying only, "Run!" followed by pot-shots out of the fog, seems to raise the standards of bare-faced lying to new heights. (Giving a false name to a stranger when you're both hiding in a hayloft is one thing, but 'Aspidistra Aspinall'?) She's exasperating, but has real mettle in a crisis, so when he runs into her again at his cousin Daphne's, he's not about to accept a brush-off. (He's so obstinate that "the Great War", to him, isn't the little dust-up of 1914-1918, but the big family quarrel with his father the Colonel over whether he would enter the Army.)

Sally West, as she turns out to be, is the sister of Jocko West, an old schoolmate of James' - and while the name she gave him at first was false, a lot of the rest of her story seems to be true. Her guardian really *is* the famous author Ambrose Sylvester, he of the perfect profile, writer's block, and sinister-looking wife. The Wests really *did* have an aunt Clementa (although James refuses to believe in any fanciful tales of family jewels until he sees them). And the last thing he refuses to believe is that Sally could be almost engaged to anyone else, let alone one of Sylvester's dubious in-laws...
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This is the best mystery story I've ever read! I couldn't put it down. I actually preferred it to Patricia Wentworth's Miss Silver stories ( I have all of these on cd). I am now reading my second Golden Age Mystery and feel that I've discovered a treasure trove. "Run" is of its time but if you like golden oldies you'll enjoy this one.
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By A Customer on 13 July 2016
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I have read most of the newly released Wentworths, this has been the best one. It has a proper story and likeable characters, and I look forward to reading it again. No police in the story, random sensible chap bumps into girl in odd setting, relatives and school mates in common, instant attraction. Don't be put off by the publicity bit about her giving the false name - this isn't silly like Hue and Cry, or that awful one with the girl who pulls faces.
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Loved it. Thank you
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