Grey Mask : Miss Silver

  • by Patricia Wentworth
  • Narrated by Diana Bishop
  • Series: Miss Silver
  • 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first of the classic mysteries featuring governess-turned-detective Miss Silver, who investigates a deadly conspiratorial ring.
Charles Moray has come home to England to collect his inheritance. After four years wandering the jungles of India and South America, the hardy young man returns to the manor of his birth, where generations of Morays have lived and died. Strangely, he finds the house unlocked, and sees a light on in one of its abandoned rooms. Eavesdropping, he learns of a conspiracy to commit a fearsome crime.
Never one for the heroic, Charles’ first instinct is to let the police settle it. But then he hears her voice. Margaret, his long-lost love, is part of the gang. To unravel their diabolical plot, he contacts Miss Silver, a onetime governess who applies her reason to solve crimes and face the dangers of London’s underworld.


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Would you try another book from Patricia Wentworth and/or Diana Bishop?

I tried 2 more by Wentworth and found all three books to be the same story, just different names. Narrator Diana Bishop is superb.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

In this first book, I was mildly surprised. But that's because if you pay attention, each most viable suspect - the poor relation, the jealous lover or competition, the disgruntled retainer - are all eliminated, one by one, until the LEAST LIKELY person is left standing. By the third book, I figured it out right away.

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


If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably not. Mrs. Silver is not as well-developed as a Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot. She's just not very interesting enough to carry a feature film. Maybe a television series.....

Any additional comments?

There's nothing overall wrong with this series. Just don't fall for the description "like Agatha Christie" as I did. Because Wentworth is not even close. These books are good for their era and as long as you wait 6 months between each in the series. I can read Agatha Christie books one after another, even a second and third time each, and still not figure out the plots. I was looking forward to listening to all of this series. However three is enough for me!

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- Linda Lou "OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!"

The shaky first of a long, strong series

Grey Mask is not like any of the later Miss Silver mysteries. It's the very first (1929) and is complex and implausible to a degree that isn't forgiven in modern thrillers, but obviously was taken in stride in the '20s. Like another reviewer here, I had to start over to figure out what was going on. Unlike a different reviewer, I don't think Miss Silver was "barely there" --- she came in late, as always, after substantial character development early on, and if anything she had a more active, physical role than in any of the other twelve or so of these I've listened to --- she tracked people on the street, she searched a house! Well, she was younger then.

Remember that Miss Marple is not the model for Miss Silver: it was the other way around. Miss Silver was published first, and pretty annoyed Patricia Wentworth was about the "homage" Agatha Christie paid her. Killer character idea, though, as we can clearly see from the fact that both authors succeeded and are still popular, and many are their descendants, informal female detectives right down to the cozies of present time.

Grey Mask is well worth listening to for anyone who follows these easy-listen mysteries, to see how much more sensible Wentworth's plots became, and how much more charmingly predictable and knitterly Miss Silver became. And because ---------- however absurd the plot, it's GOT something. The story has life, you like the characters, you want to know what happens. Miss Silver has staged a revival and that's a good thing for those of us who want a little relaxation reading about an old friend we know well.
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- Phebe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-12-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios