When Judy Elliott's sister and her husband are killed in an air-raid in the Blitz, she is the only one able to look after their little girl, Penny. Unfortunately jobs are hard to come by, especially when there is a child in tow, and she is forced to take the position of housemaid in a house in the country called Pilgrim's Rest. When she is warned by an old friend that there is a curse on the house she laughs it off, but accidents keep happening - accidents that threaten the lives of all those who live there. Fortunately, Miss Silver is willing to investigate.
©1948 Patricia Wentworth (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd
Well written, with many twists and turns. Really kept me guessing, and even when I knew who dunnit there was still suspense and drama to be had, in a nice, gentle, cosy murder mystery kind of way. No gore here! But also no amateurish over description of scenes or characters. There were the recognisable larger-than-life cosy murder characters, and also subtly written, believable ones. A very likeable older lady detective who gets it all right before the police have had a look in. Interesting to note that Miss Silver pre-dates Miss Marple by 2 years.
Written in the great British tradition of Queens of Crime; Ngaio Marsh, Margery Allingham, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Agatha Christie.
Note on recording: Very well read. No mistakes in the reading or obvious editing. Good sound quality.
"Excellent mystery with red herrings"
Pilgrim's Rest is a large house located in a small English village, the residence of various members and relatives of the well-to-do Pilgrim family. The house is said to be subject to a curse which pretty much says that there must always be a Pilgrim at Pilgrim's Rest or the head of the family will die. When the book begins in the late 1940's/early 1950's, one head of the family has already died in an "riding accident" when he was planning to sell the house. And now another head of the family, who was planning to sell, has died in an "accident" and his successor may suffer a similar fate, since he will have to sell to pay the death duties on the property.
While the old aunts in the family, residents at Pilgrim's Rest, seem to believe that the deaths are the result of the curse. However, other members of the household, and the local police, believe that the deaths may have been murders. Miss Silver is called in by Superintendent Marsh, who was once a charge of Miss Silver's during her days as a governess, and she helps the police to get to the bottom of things.
Diana Bishop gives her usual excellent performance, delivering the lines in a rather old-fashioned manner which perfectly suits the style of Miss Silver stories.
I really enjoyed this mystery, not only because I enjoy Miss Silver, but also because the story includes several red herrings, a classic feature of English detective stories. If you enjoy the classic English mystery, then you must try this one!
"Ms. Silver delivers"
If you like Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, you'll LOVE Patricia Wentworth!! Her character Miss Silver takes you back to a slower but not so gentle time. This book had all that I wanted. Mystery, intrigue, and romance.
Miss Silver. She's so cool under pressure.
Too many to choose just one, the whole story was great.
The injured Captain and the heiress finally expressing their love. It makes you realize that its never too late. (I'm an old romantic)
So it was a pretty obvious storyline. I saw everything a mile away. But it played out so well. It's one of those stories that you just sit back in a cozy chair with some tea and biscuits and ENJOY!!
"1930's cozy gem"
I have never read Patricia Wentworth's books. What a wonderful writer of cozies, ala Agatha Christie!
Diana Bishop is PERFECT as narrator of this whole series.
I follow Miss Silver and enjoy her methods of deduction.
Enjoyment. Looking forward to each book.
I find the British horror of publicity of any kind wears thin as the characters go to any and every length to avoid it. Pre-Rupert Murdoch.
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