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By Kathi on 06-13-14
An early Miss Silver mystery
This is only the second book in the Miss Maud Silver mystery series, and I didn't care for it quite as much as her later ones, though it is still good. As often happens in this series, Miss Silver doesn't even become a part of the story till way into the book.
Hilary Carew runs into Mrs. Mercer, a stranger on a train, and becomes intrigued at hints the timid woman is offering about a recent courtroom trial in which Hilary's cousin's husband was convicted of murdering his uncle. Her cousin Marion is convinced of her husband's innocence, and so at first Hilary tries to find the actual killer alone, but danger leads her fiancé to seek the help of Miss Silver, the ex-nanny, spinster sleuth who loves to knit.
This series naturally brings comparisons to Agatha Christie's Miss Marple (for whom I must admit to having a bit more fondness), but the writing is different enough that they are clearly separate women and separate stories. I liked this one well enough, but I don't think Patricia Wentworth has yet hit her stride here. It's a good read (listen) if you enjoy the mysteries from the Pre WWII time period, which I personally do. Worth the credit.
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