Grey Mask by Patricia Wentworth

This is the first in the Miss Silver series of mysteries, but it’s not the first that I’ve read. I accidentally read #14 or #17 or something like that several years back, but it was so good that I decided to go ahead and (eventually) read the entire series. It’s a long-running series, starting in the late 1920s and ending in the early 1960s some 30+ books later. Miss Silver is a former school teacher Read More …

The Case Is Closed by Patricia Wentworth

I love it when mysteries don’t follow the typical story arc of introduction-murder-clue gathering-solution. It’s more interesting when they do something different, like in The Case Is Closed which starts after the solution’s already happened and the murderer’s been in jail for over a year. We’re introduced to the murderer’s wife, who has been living a half-life since her husband (Geoffrey Grey) was put into jail, and his wife’s cousin, Hilary, who is a plucky Read More …

Wicked Uncle by Patricia Wentworth

This is my second Miss Silver book and I seem to be correct in thinking it doesn’t matter what order you read the series in. They’re only connected by similar characters (Miss Silver and her adoring police brigade), and even that’s a little tenuous. Miss S didn’t even show up in Wicked Uncle until more almost halfway through, and then she spends all her time sitting around knitting and looking pointedly at various people. I Read More …

Dark Threat by Patricia Wentworth

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. Read More …