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Mr. Zero Hardcover – 1938

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Hodder (1938)
  • ASIN: B0018H8V46
  • Package Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,458,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Library binding but a very nice copy.

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Format: Paperback
This isn't a Maud Silver novel, although it's set in the same universe - their common characters are in the realm of spy vs. spy (Colonel Garratt and his merry men) rather than ordinary crime. MR. ZERO was first published in 1938, just after that long gap in the Silver series between GREY MASK (1928, an unsatisfactory effort) and the 2nd Silver novel (1937). By this time, Wentworth's command of her craft had reached the standard that held through the rest of her life.
When they were at school together, Gay Hardwicke was always the one tapped to pull her cousin Sylvia out of a jam, and now that Sylvia is married to Sir Francis Colesborough, things haven't changed; Sylvia's sister Marcia still passes the buck to Gay, although Sylvia hasn't even written to Gay since her marriage, let alone offered any payback. However, Sylvia has never had brains (when she plays cards, the question isn't whether she lost, but how much) or character (she frankly married Sir Francis for his money, although she herself wouldn't put it so brutally), so nobody expects more of her than a pretty face and a pleasant manner.
This time it's serious; Sylvia lost 500 pounds at cards after her husband asked her to quit gambling, and she had neither the ability to pay nor the nerve to confess and ask him for help. Worse, she very, very stupidly answered an anonymous phone call, then stole some state papers in exchange for 200 pounds, to put it baldly. Now the mysterious Mr. Zero is coming back for more. (Sylvia is a double-dyed idiot, but a believable character; she's driven by a horror of returning to the genteel poverty in which she grew up.
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excellent
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A very good read
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Amazon.com: 3.4 out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 Jan. 2015
By Susan Gallagher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
A really excellent Patricia Wentworth book.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced, buy a Miss Silver book by the same author 1 Aug. 2016
By kitz - Published on Amazon.com
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Very dated but more readable then others of the non Miss Silver books. IT's just a lot to pay for a poorly written mystery.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cloak and Pistol 20 Mar. 2015
By Commenter77 - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of the author's Home Office upper government related books, different in tone from the Miss Silver mysteries. A sensitive paper has gone missing and natural suspicion falls among the ranks. The couple in this are fairly evenly matched for a change, as sometimes one of them seems a bit overbalanced in some aspect. But, they are coming along nicely. However, an especially vacant cousin becomes a fly in the ointment, and you really wish they had never gotten involved with her. In fact, the frustrating element of false steps, blundering in - the main parties acting inconsistently with their given characters - showed up strongly in this edition. It is a plot device many authors employ, but thankfully unusual for Ms. Wentworth, or I wouldn't like her so much. However, the cousin with the attic to let stays true to her form, making serious trouble for others, then skips free to confuse another day. The proper insider plant was identified, but the above rankled a bit. This author typically gives satisfaction and a note of justice in her endings. However, I was absorbed by the story going through, and experienced the overall interest and enjoyment this author's writing affords. I found myself looking up at one point and realized I had sat down and read half the book and wanted to keep going. They are usually like that.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A master spy 28 May 2002
By Michele L. Worley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This isn't a Maud Silver novel, although it's set in the same universe - their common characters are in the realm of spy vs. spy (Colonel Garratt and his merry men) rather than ordinary crime. _Mr. Zero_ was first published in 1938, just after that long gap in the Silver series between _Grey Mask_ (1928, an unsatisfactory effort) and the 2nd Silver novel (1937). By this time, Wentworth's command of her craft had reached the standard that held through the rest of her life.
When they were at school together, Gay Hardwicke was always the one tapped to pull her cousin Sylvia out of a jam, and now that Sylvia is married to Sir Francis Colesborough, things haven't changed; Sylvia's sister Marcia still passes the buck to Gay, although Sylvia hasn't even written to Gay since her marriage, let alone offered any payback. However, Sylvia has never had brains (when she plays cards, the question isn't whether she lost, but how much) or character (she frankly married Sir Francis for his money, although she herself wouldn't put it so brutally), so nobody expects more of her than a pretty face and a pleasant manner.
This time it's serious; Sylvia lost 500 pounds at cards after her husband asked her to quit gambling, and she had neither the ability to pay nor the nerve to confess and ask him for help. Worse, she very, very stupidly answered an anonymous phone call, then stole some state papers in exchange for 200 pounds, to put it baldly. Now the mysterious Mr. Zero is coming back for more. (Sylvia is a double-dyed idiot, but a believable character; she's driven by a horror of returning to the genteel poverty in which she grew up.)
Gay, working on what to do without giving Sylvia away, tries to wangle hypothetical advice out of her escort, Algy Somers - and when one of *his* papers goes missing, he remembers being asked about blackmail. Joining forces, they begin attempting to peel back Mr. Zero's camouflage, but their efforts backfire spectacularly when a dead body turns up with Algy as a prime suspect. As with the theft, only Algy seems to have had an opportunity; my congratulations if you work out what happened.
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 15 July 2016
By carrion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The worst Patricia Wentworth book I have read. Irritating.
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