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The Chinese Shawl Audiobook

The Chinese Shawl

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Publisher's Summary

Tanis Lyle was one of those passionate women who always get their own way. Her cousin Laura hated her. Most women did. But men found her irresistible and she used them mercilessly. So when Tanis was found murdered there seemed to be any number of suspects on hand. But Miss Silver had her own suspicions....

©1943 Patricia Wentworth Turnbull (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    PPod 26/06/2016
    PPod 26/06/2016

    I started listening to audiobooks at night during bouts of insomnia. I enjoy crime fiction, interesting biographies but will try anything.

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    "Not sure what it wants to be"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it to somebody who was reasonably well read in the crime genre but with a warning that a large pinch of salt may be required.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most noticeable for me had little to do with the story. Rather the author's dislike for long engagements. Couples meet, fall in love and marry within hours! This is a feature of this author's books. Some of the depictions of the young women are very annoying to a modern woman


    What three words best describe Diana Bishop’s performance?

    Diana Bishop's performance is consistent, matches the story and listenable.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall this book (and the others in the series) are of their time. Women frequently "burst into tear", "start to cry" etc but if you can get past the mush, the whodunnit bits are ok.

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    Tina H 07/09/2015
    Tina H 07/09/2015
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    "Patricia Wentworth true to form"

    The Miss Silver stories are easy listening. She gets to a point in every story that you know she knows who did it and helps you to learn who.

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    JillyB uk 18/03/2015
    JillyB uk 18/03/2015 Member Since 2012

    Love books - audible been a god send with a new puppy - something to listen to in the early hours!

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    "Enjoyable whodunnit"

    Really enjoyed this - not a hard listen at all - read Miss Silver books a long time ago and enjoying reacquainting myself with them.

    Would happily recommend

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    L WILSON 11/03/2015
    L WILSON 11/03/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Mystery at its best"

    A highly recommended read. Having read over 2,000 books of this genre, I rate it in my top 20 of this's genre.

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    IAN United Kingdom 07/07/2014
    IAN United Kingdom 07/07/2014 Member Since 2012

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    "Classic 'Golden Age' cozy mystery"
    Would you listen to The Chinese Shawl again? Why?

    Yes, I would. You can not beat Patricia Wentworth's Miss Maud Silver mysteries....pure classics.


    What other book might you compare The Chinese Shawl to, and why?

    The nearest would be Agatha Christie's Miss Jane Marple in 'A Murder is Announced'.


    Which character – as performed by Diana Bishop – was your favourite?

    Miss Silver


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Classic country house murder mystery, with a splash of romance.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like 'Golden Age' classics or 'Cozy' mysteries, Patricia Wentworth will supply the goods every time.

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    Macwoman Leamington Spa, England 13/05/2014
    Macwoman Leamington Spa, England 13/05/2014 Member Since 2016

    Writer and psychotherapist. Lover of good books of all kinds. Have been a member since long before 2016! Listening is my main way of reading

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    "Classic tale sill worth listening to"
    Where does The Chinese Shawl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Who would have thought that an old-fashioned country house murder would be so entertaining? Maybe it's because it's such a welcome change from torture, horror and gore.Frightfully nice, well-dressed people get caught up in a suddenly dark story of vengeance and madness. The story may belong to another generation but the motives are very familiar. It held my attention with no difficulty through a rainy afternoon at home.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maud Silver is probably a better heroine than Miss Marple - she has the nerve to be a detective in a world where women still found it hard to be taken seriously. Wentworth avoids a good deal of the instinctive sexism of Christie and her ilk, and, knitting apart, at least allows her characters to treat her with respect.There's something of the tricoteuse about the knitting, as it unfolds the yarn of people's lives with great efficiency.


    Have you listened to any of Diana Bishop’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Diana Bishop's reading is faultless, and she has exactly the right voice and tone for this generation of writing.


    Any additional comments?

    Decided to listen to some more of Wentworth which is my highest compliment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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