REVIEW: Dark Threat by Patricia Wentworth

REVIEW: Dark Threat by Patricia WentworthDark Threat (Miss Silver Mysteries #10) by Patricia Wentworth
Published by Open Road Media (1946), eBook, 250pg
Filed under: Fiction, Mystery
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Miss Silver visits the country to keep an eye on a friend who may be in perilIt is time for Judy to get out of London. Her sister and brother-in-law have just perished in an air raid, leaving her in charge of their four-year-old daughter, and Judy wants no more to do with death. She arranges for work in a piece of the countryside untouched by the war: a charming manor called Pilgrim's Rest. But it may be that she has more to fear than the Blitz. When she tells Frank Abbott of her plans, he warns her that strange things have been happening at Pilgrim's Rest. The family patriarch is recently dead of mysterious circumstances, and his heir has just suffered a series of near-fatal accidents. He cannot sway Judy, for she needs the work. But he does convince the governess-turned-detective Maud Silver to follow Judy to the village, to be on hand in case country living turns dangerous.

Dark Threat, in tone and plot (and types of characters), reminds me of an Agatha Christie novel. It’s got a little old lady who solves a murder mystery set in a country estate with a limited cast! There’s a somewhat ineffective police detective, disbelieving clients, and mysterious servants.

Instead of being a Miss Marple, however, Miss Silver is more of a Miss Climpson kind of character. She’s not anybody’s aunt. She’s not fussy or intrusive. Miss Silver is nosy, but in a genteel way. She also knits the entire time, but she also used to be a governess and knows lots of people and things. She’s good with figuring out motives and almost intuitively figures out the solution about five chapters before anybody else. And she gets on my nerves a lot less than Miss Marple does, basically. And then…

REVIEW: Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

REVIEW: Brat Farrar by Josephine TeyBrat Farrar by Josephine Tey
Published by Touchstone Books (1949), eBook, 288pg
Filed under: Fiction, Mystery
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What begins as a ploy to claim an inheritance ends with the impostor’s life hanging in the balance.

In this tale of mystery and suspense, a stranger enters the inner sanctum of the Ashby family posing as Patrick Ashby, the heir to the family's sizable fortune. The stranger, Brat Farrar, has been carefully coached on Patrick's mannerism's, appearance, and every significant detail of Patrick's early life, up to his thirteenth year when he disappeared and was thought to have drowned himself. It seems as if Brat is going to pull off this most incredible deception until old secrets emerge that jeopardize the imposter's plan and his life. Culminating in a final terrible moment when all is revealed, Brat Farrar is a precarious adventure that grips the reader early and firmly and then holds on until the explosive conclusion.

After my first Josephine Tey book was such a success, I had high hopes that this one would be good, too. And it WAS! I am now a Josephine Tey fan for life.1

Things that’re in Brat Farrar that you may be interested to know about:
1. horses. Lots of things about horses, but not in a way that’s confusing or boring. I mean, I was a little bored, because I don’t give a crap about raising horses or training them or whatever. But not MUCH bored. And then…

It’s the fall 24-hour readathon!

Today is Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, and I’ll be participating! Yay!

I’m doing it real loosey-goosey this year. I don’t have a set reading pile, just my entire TBR list. I don’t have snacks set aside (though I do have food, no worries). I didn’t even bother waking up at the start time! I’m really just going to enjoy reading as many books as I can and not worry about anything. And have lots of fun, of course!

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