Spotlight : Miss Silver

  • by Patricia Wentworth
  • Narrated by Diana Bishop
  • Series: Miss Silver
  • 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Gregory Porlock’s party was a very successful one - from Gregory’s point of view. He was in the highest of spirits, and the fact that his guests were obviously not in a party mood only added to his enjoyment. He knew they all had good reason to fear and dislike him, and it amused him to play the part of the genial host, and to watch each of his visitors trying to act the part of a gay and carefree guest for the benefit of all the others. Gregory never knew that one of his visitors played two roles that evening, that someone doubled the part of guest and murderer, for in that drama Gregory Porlock was cast for a different role.

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Fantastic, smart classic British mystery!

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Having read all the other Patricia Wentworth books that Audible has released so far, and having become thoroughly addicted to these books, which are old fashioned classic mysteries that celebrate the values of kindness and goodness while also employing villains you love to hate with utterly quirky obsessions and manners, I thought that the best Wentworths were behind me--but no! Spotlight is one of Wentworth's very best, with a big cast of oddballs creating a witch's brew of fear, suspicion, envy, and hatred at an ill-considered house party. A very nice young heroine and her dashing gentleman-would-be-sweetheart provide the foils to the nasties. As always, superbly narrated by Diana Bishop. If you like the old fashioned but smart type of British mystery, don't miss this!

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- Constance

Spotlight=Wicked Uncle

Apparently this book was also published under the title "Wicked Uncle" and shows up under Audible's Miss Silver series list under that title (as "unavailable"). The series list should be corrected to reflect that.

In terms of the audiobook itself, Diana Bishop does her usual competent job of narration. I do get a little bored with her lack of variety for minor characters at times. After listening to most of the titles, I keep hearing the same four or five voices trotted out, but this is a minor complaint.

The author has done a particularly good job of creating characters you love to hate in this book. In fact, I almost stopped listening after the first 30 minutes because I was so irritated by the characters and scenario! However, I gritted my teeth and by the end of the first hour we were into the mystery proper and I was hooked. I must say I've never been quite so happy to see the victim offed.

In my personal opinion, Patricia Wentworth is not as strong a novelist as the first-rank Birtish mystery writers of the early-middle 20th century, but she's quite competent. In fact, given that she was a full generation older than some of those contemporaries (Wentworth was born in the 1870s), she has a surprisingly modern style.
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- W. S.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-13-2012
  • Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd