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ISBN:
0340169524
Author:
Patricia Wentworth
Category:
Mystery
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; New Ed edition (1984)
Pages:
253 pages
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Patricia Wentworth The Catherine Wheel Miss Silver – 1949CHAPTER 1 Jane Heron took a few graceful gliding steps and came slowly back round the circle of watching women. Clarissa Harlowe’s dress show was in progress, and she was showing a dress called Sigh no More. There was not very much of it above the waist, just a few opalescent folds, but the skirt was new and rather exciting. Читать онлайн The Catherine Wheel.

Patricia Wentworth The Catherine Wheel Miss Silver – 1949 CHAPTER 1 Jane Heron took a few graceful gliding steps and came slowly back round the circle of watching women. There was not very much of it above the waist, just a few opalescent folds, but the skirt was new and rather exciting

Wentworth also wrote 34 books outside that series. She won the Melrose prize in 1910 for her first novel A Marriage Under The Terror, set in the French Revolution The Catherine Wheel, 1949. Miss Silver Comes to Stay, 1949

Wentworth also wrote 34 books outside that series. She won the Melrose prize in 1910 for her first novel A Marriage Under The Terror, set in the French Revolution Works. The Catherine Wheel, 1949. Miss Silver Comes to Stay, 1949. The Brading Collection (or: Mr Brading's Collection), 1950.

An entire family falls under suspicion when the prospect of an inheritance stirs up passions in this novel in the beloved British mystery series. An advertisement appears in the newspaper, asking for genealogical information from descendants of a certain Jeremiah Taverner, who died in long-ago 1888. It looks like an ordinary notice by a curious scholar, but the question is not nearly as simple as that. The man behind the ad is a Taverner himself: estranged, wealthy, and looking for a suitable relation to name in his will.

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Author: Patricia Wentworth. Maud Silver was sent to investigate.

This is an enjoyable Miss Silver Mystery. As usual we have Ms. Wentworth's motley crew of characters that she depicts so well. We have the remarkable Miss Silver who has been asked by Chief Inspector Lamb to pay a visit to an old inn called the Chatherine-Wheel. The police have been watching this inn for a long time because of rumours of smuggling, jewel theft and drug trafficking.

by. Wentworth, Patricia. New York, Pyramid Books. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; americana.

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  • Dogrel
Rich old Jacob Taverner invites all his relatives, estranged for generations, to a family reunion at the coastal inn he owns. The Catherine Wheel Inn was reputed to be a den of smugglers in bygone days. The police wonder if it might still be.

This is why Inspector Frank Abbott of Scotland Yard is staying with a cousin nearby the Catherine Wheel. And why Miss Silver has been sent to the inn to gather gossip. Patricia Wentworth gives us all the usual descriptions of Miss Silver's delightfully outmoded Victorian-style outfits. The elderly ex-governess turned detective still keeps the shabby gentile look of a governess.

Naturally there's a murder, and Miss Silver is in the thick of it, having skillful conversations with family members, observing everyone's every expression or fidget, occasionally eavesdropping, and knitting obsessively.

The local inspector Crisp is, in the words of Miss Silver's young friend Inspector Abbott, a "pompous bullfrog." Once he gets a theory, nothing will budge him from it. It's always a treat to watch Miss Silver make self-important males feel like naughty schoolboys. Even among grown men, she can project the atmosphere of the schoolroom and its moral values.

The inn's secret passages and notorious history play their part in a plot replete with romance, surprising developments, and characters both colorful and colorless. The Catherine Wheel (1949) is definitely a superior Miss Silver mystery.
  • Jazu
Stafford was scarcely appreciated during her lifetime, and just fleetingly granted new life via small-press re-issues after her death. "The Catherine Wheel" is a lyrical tragedy as resonant and linguistically gorgeous as the best of F. Scott Fitzgerald. It focuses on a spinster aunt whose small-town New England home plays summertime host to her nieces and nephew--the latter a somber little boy who absorbs his parents' marital strife more deeply than his siblings without really understanding it. His viewpoint dominates here, and the novel is a particularly fine example of child psychology conveyed through fiction. The child's fearful, innocent mis-interpretation of adult actions leads to catastrophe, not unlike Ian McEwan's much more recent "Atonement." This is a beautiful, perfect miniature that should be a staple in American Literature studies.
  • Gindian
I really enjoyed this outing with Miss Silver. It has a good mystery (with a twist I didn't see coming on first read), and a dysfunctional family with an older relative who's playing games with his will - which I always enjoy. A fast and engaging book.
  • Galubel
This is a firecracker of a book, well written, great characters, terrific plot and unravelling of plot. I love Patricia Wentworth's writing.
And I am slowly working my way through all her books.
They are all good, but some are great, and this is one of the great ones.
  • Negal
The characters, as always, are exceedingly well drawn. It amazes me that Agatha Christie continues to be considered the Queen of Crime, and yet Patricia Wentworth is virtually unknown these days. However, as my title indicates, this Miss Silver is a bit darker than the usual fare. I think that may be a function of Patricia Wentworth adjusting to a post-war world in which all the old values had been swept away. It's not noir, by any stretch of the imagination, but the darkness that's shaded in is a real darkness, not Edwardian melodrama. All in all, a good read.
  • Winotterin
I've read "The Catherine Wheel" several times in an earlier edition. As mysteries go that are not Agatha Christie [my very FAVORITE], this one's pretty good. And quite different! Mrs. Wentworth gives more detail than Agatha so some may find her more wordy; but her mysteries are very good indeed. Note: Patricia Wentworth was born in 1878 so she was a true Victorian [Agatha, born 1890, grew up Edwardian].
  • Alien
Rather formulaic Miss Silver novel, not one of the better in the series. Many of the characters are colorful but underdeveloped. Interesting period charm.
This is one of the better Miss Silver mysteries which was hard to put down. Lots of guessing who the culprit(s) could be, but not until three-quarters of the way through the book did I begin to get a glimmering of what really occurred. Don't miss this one!