Patricia Wentworth


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    Suspense

    Jun-2016

    Ten years He had been dead ten years Uncannily alike in appearance were the twins, Jim and Jack Laydon. Both, too, loved beautiful Evelyn Prothero. For three mad, ecstatic days early in the Great War, Evelyn had been engaged to Jack. Then the engag...

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    Suspense

    Jun-2016

    "I hate him worse than I hate snails, and worms, and slugs, and spiders with hairs down their legs..." Bride-to-be Mally was an unlikely fugitive from the police. It only happened because she became governess to millionaire Sir George Peterson's litt...

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    Mystery

    Jun-2016

    When her fiancé, Giles Armitage, is lost at sea in the middle of the Second World War, Meade Underwood is left in the company of a middle-aged aunt with nothing but a monotonous round of bridge parties and war work to fill her days. A chance encount...

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    Suspense

    Jun-2016

    "They are letting me say good-bye. I'm to be shot to-morrow. It will be over by the time you get this..." Laura stood, pale and trembling, in the veiled dress she was to have worn as Jim Mackenzie's bride, and gave her word to marry Basil Stevens, a ...

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    Suspense

    Jun-2016

    "I wouldn't like to make you really angry, darling. You know, the only time I did you nearly scared me dead. I believe if you were really roused you might do something rather frightful." Lucas Dale, new owner of King's Bourne, was flirting with dange...

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    Suspense

    May-2016

    "How would you like to die for your country?" asked Benbow Smith languidly. Now that Marian has broken their engagement, Lindsay Trevor finds danger welcome, even though it means dyeing his hair red and impersonating his cousin Froth as Restow's secr...

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    Suspense

    May-2016

    Ice is still. Death is still. But no living flesh should be as still as this... Agent Stephen Enderby, known in Russia as Red Stefan, meets Elizabeth Radin, the lovely widow of a Soviet inventor, just at the moment she is about to throw herself into ...

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    Suspense

    May-2016

    "Beware - walk with care, Or mumbo jumbo will hoodoo you. Young Jeremy Ware is suspected of stealing important papers, and Colonel Garrett of the Secret Service (last seen in Danger Calling) consults Benbow Smith about it. Even Rosalind Denny, still...

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    General Fiction

    Feb-2012

    This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX HOW HELEN GA...

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    Mystery

    Aug-2011

    A collector enlists Miss Silver’s help when his valuable jewels attract criminal attention He cannot say why, but Lewis Brading is an uneasy man. A collector of valuable jewels, he has taken the utmost precautions to safeguard what is most preci...

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    Literary

    Feb-2007

    "The Fire Within" is the first novel by Patricia Wentworth, the pseudonym of Dora Amy Elles, a British author. Best known for her series of crime fiction novels featuring Miss Maud Silver, a retired governess who becomes a private detective. Wentwort...

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    Suspense

    Nov-1994

    Meg leaned forward suddenly. There was a note of terror in her voice. "Bill--where--is--Robin?" Robin O'Hara never deserved his wife, Meg. He was unfaithful and involved in work that was just a little bit dangerous. When Meg reaches her limits and wa...

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    Suspense

    Aug-1991

    Spike Reilly, member of a gang of picture thieves that has added murder to its nefarious activities, dies suddenly in a hotel room---and Peter Talbot, unofficial operative of the Foreign Office, decides to take his place. Establishing contact with o...

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    Suspense

    Sep-1990

    "Sylvia had on the wrong stockings for her dress, and her lipstick was all crooked, so I think things are pretty grim." Lovely, foolish Sylvia Colesborough knew him only as a voice on the telephone. It told her how she could earn the money she had lo...

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    Suspense

    Sep-1990

    "I went down to the pool, and he was lying half in and half out of it with his head bleeding and the tide coming in. The water was up to his shoulders." The marriage between Nan Forsyth and Jervis Weare is a purely business arrangement - to Jervis. B...

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    Suspense

    Sep-1990

    Was Jim Randal alive or dead? Caroline Leigh knew he was on the coast steamer to Scotland that capsized in the storm and that some man, muttering the name Jim Randal or "Jimmy Riddell," had been saved. That news on the radio had sent Carolne rushing ...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1961

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 32

    Miss Silver helps a woman with no memory reconstruct a terrible crime.She awakes in a dark place. A young woman with a shattered memory, she knows neither who she is nor how she came to be in this abandoned house. All she possesses is a faint sense t...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1958

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 31

    Death in the Dark In one dreadful night, pretty Jenny Hill found that she was the rightful owner of the wealthy Alington estate--and that her aunt and cousin were plotting to see that she never claimed her rights! Panicked, she fled--into the a...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1957

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 30

    Lovers meet, kiss--and someone is going to tell. A poison pen is busy scribbling billets-doux in rustic Tilling Green ... until murder becomes more effective than malice. One lethal letter leads to a body in Manor House lake. At the house, heiress Va...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1956

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 29

    It was an unenchanted evening for Georgina Grey. First came her discovery of her once beloved, now quite dead Uncle Jonathan. Then when she picked up the murder revolver, out of shocked but ill-placed curiosity, her doom was all but sealed. The fact ...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1955

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 27

    Althea Graham's hypochondriac mother seldom visits the gazebo--yet she is found dead in it one morning. The Graham estate had once enjoyed a rural view, but now the grounds are part of suburban London and the gazebo is an anachronistic summerhouse. S...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1955

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 28

    Miss Silver paid close attention to the strange tale of sensible, middle-aged Miss Paulina Paine. Though totally deaf, Miss Paine could lip-read so well that strangers never suspected her handicap--or guessed she could eavesdrop with uncanny accuracy...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1954

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 26

    Somewhere among the dust and cobwebs of the Benevent family home lies hidden the legendary Benevent treasure. But a terrible death has been prophesied for all who dare to uncover it. When she first arrives to stay with her two elderly maiden aunts...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1953

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 23

    James and Carmona Hardwick are spending the summer playing host to numerous friends and relatives in an old Hardwick family residence by the sea. The arrival of Alan Field, a devastatingly handsome though shady figure from Carmona's past, destroys th...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1953

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 25

    First she felt herself being pushed downstairs. Then there was the bowl of poisoned mushroom soup. Finally the tampered-with tablet amongst her sleeping pills was the last straw. Adriana Ford, famous actress and mistress of the house decided to call ...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1953

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 24

    Nothing much ever seemed to happen in the sleepy village of Hazel Green apart from the occasional tea party, spiced with local gossip. Until Maggie Bell went out one evening for a breath of fresh air and never came back. Could Maggie's disappearance ...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1952

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 22

    Ladies? Bane ? it was a curious name for a house. But visiting it for the first time Ione found it a curious house. Curious, and rather frightening. They said in the village that anyone who was its mistress would lose the thing she cared for most. An...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1951

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 20

    Hired to trace Anna Ball, who has vanished, Miss Maud Silver encounters an eccentric art colony, bank robberies, and counterfeiting. As with other Miss Silver mysteries, the story relies on character development. Nadia May reads clearly and distingui...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1951

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 21

    Typically, Miss Silver came into the Greenings affair in the most casual manner, with the innocent desire to do no more than match some wool for her niece. All too soon she found herself immersed in a furiously perplexing case of blackmail, jealousy,...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1950

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 17

    REUNION WITH TERROR Stacey Mainwaring thought she had escaped - from the man she had once loved, and the marriage that had become a chill revelation of evil. But she had returned to the place of horror, and now there was no escape. Not from the ...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1950

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 19

    When Lila Dryden is discovered standing over the dead body of her irritating fiance with a dagger in her hand, Miss Silver is called in to investigate. What her patience and particular genius uncover is Lila's talent for sleepwalking, the return of h...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1950

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 18

    MISS SILVER INVESTIGATES Lying lifeless at the bottom of a jagged cliff, Helen Adrian made a ghastly sight. The clues clearly suggested she had not simply misstepped -- Helen Adrian had been pushed! But who would want to murder such an enchanting yo...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1949

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 16

    Love brought her to the eerie old inn-- TERROR MADE HER STAY FAMILY SECRET Dark passages...hidden rooms...untold treasure. It was all part of the family legend, stories told and retold so often that no one knew where fiction stopped and fact ...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1949

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 15

    When James Lessiter returns to Lenton after many years to claim his family estate, his reappearance opens old wounds never healed. Then he is found bludgeoned to death by a fire poker and the suspects are almost too numerous to count. From the jilted...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1948

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 14

    Who was William Smith? And why was Mavis Jones so horrified to see him? For seven years William had worked as a woodcarver for the local toyshop, ignorant of his true identity. The war had robbed him of his memory, and no one expected him to ever fin...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1948

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 13

    Mary Stokes was walking through Dead Man's Copse one evening when she saw, in the beam of a torch, the corpse of a young woman dressed in a black coat, black gloves, no hat and an eternity ring set with diamonds in her ear. But when she and Detective...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1947

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 11

    Things had never been quite the same at Latter End since Lois had taken over. Suddenly life seemed to be an endless succession of bitter family rows which Lois, needless to say, invariably won. More than one person at Latter End found themselves stre...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1947

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 12

    Gregory Porlock had brought them together... the dithering Mrs. Oakley and her rich businessman husband ... nouveau riche Mr. and Mrs. Tote, still uncomfortable hobnobbing with the hoity-toity... the Mastermans, a brother and sister raised above gent...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1946

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 10

    They call it Pilgrim's Rest, but only the dead rest here. The scene of so many strange accidents that the house seems almost haunted, Pilgrim's Rest is now home for: lovely Judy Elliot and her young niece, the two eccentric Miss Pilgrims, Cousin Roge...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1945

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 9

    MISS SILVER INVESTIGATES... Anne Jocelyn came back from the dead. Her husband Philip says he carried her off the beach at Breton, shot in the head by a German bullet, and he buried her in Holt churchyard. Now with the war almost over, the bombing st...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1944

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 6

    Miss Silver investigates the murder of a great British industrialist. Though they share a manor house, the Paradines are not close, and their patriarch does nothing to discourage the petty jealousies that divide wealthy families. A cold figure, James...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1944

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 8

    It's nearing the end of WWII, and Michael Harsh has been working for the government on a secret project for years. Finally he is ready to hand over the formula. But the next morning he is dead. It looks like suicide. Only Miss Silver knows it's murde...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1944

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 7

    When her fiance, Giles Armitage, is lost at sea in the middle of the Second World War, Meade Underwood is left in the company of a middle-aged aunt with nothing but a monotonous round of bridge parties and war work to fill her days. A chance encounte...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1943

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 5

    At twenty-one, Laura Fane comes into her inheritance and travels to war-torn London to meet with her solicitors. There she is introduced to her lovely, charming, yet poisonous cousin Tanis Lyle who invites her to the Fane family estate, The Priory, f...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1941

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 4

    Miss Silver attempts to save a young girl from her murderous husband Maud Silver, demure private eye, hardly has time to finish one adventure before another demands her attention. She is making her way back to London when, with a terrible jerk, her ...

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    Suspense

    1939

    Craddock House was so full of squabblers, gossips,.-feuding family, and eavesdroppers that Ross Craddock's killer must have felt quite at home. There was Lee Fenton, Ross's first cousin, heard calling Ross "a swine" and subsequently sleepwalking (so ...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1939

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 3

    Every year beautiful Rachel Treherne must rewrite her will -- and decide who will inherit her late father's vast wealth. But this year, things are just a little bit different: somebody clearly wants her to die. "You have had that money long enough...

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    Suspense

    1938

    Lost on a foggy country road, James enters an old, dark house to get help--but finds trouble. First comes a frightened woman, urging him to flee. Next, someone starts shooting at them. Later, Miss Aspidistra Aspinall says she is after her late aunt's...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1937

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 2

    The Everton case was closed. Geoffrey Grey had already spent a year in prison for the murder of his uncle. And the evidence had been so damning that even his wife Marion had doubted his word. But that was before her cousin Hilary ran into Everton'...

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    Suspense

    1931

    Car Fairfax had hit rock bottom. First, he was rejected for a job because his shoes were worn out. Next, he ran into Isobel, whom he had not seen for three lovelorn years. Finally, a stranger handed him a printed flyer that read: "Do you want to make...

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    Amateur Sleuth

    1928

    A Miss Silver Mystery - 1

    PATRICIA WENTWORTH'S ALTER EGO, MISS MAUD SILVER, IS THE CLEVER CRIME-SOLVER OF DIABOLICAL CASES OF DECEIT, MURDER, AND MISTAKEN IDENTITY. A PRIVATE DETECTIVE SINCE HER RETIREMENT AS A GOVERNESS, MISS SILVER'S SIMPLE WARDROBE AND DANCING KNITTING NEE...

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    Suspense

    "I think you're tempting fate when you say that you will never go back to Danesborough." Chloe laughed, suddenly, frankly. Her eyes were black again, and very bright. "It's a fate I don't mind tempting," she said, and dropped his arm. Young Chloe, po...

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    Suspense

    She was looking at the place where the mirror had hung. It didn't reflect anything because the glass was gone. Instead there was a blackness, a dark hole full of shadows. There was a shuffling and a sighing, and a deep and dreadful groan. Then someth...

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    Suspense

    "You talk of him as if he were alive." "He is alive," said Benbow Smith. "And you think he would do murder?" "I am quite sure that he would do murder, Captain Loddon." Rose Anne disappeared on the eve of her wedding to Captain Oliver Loddon. Her fian...

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    Suspense

    "Are you sure? Don't I inherit anything?" "Not unless something happens to Miss Ann Vernon." Ann Vernon won't marry her boyfriend Charles Anstruther, opting instead to become secretary to an old lady. She accompanies Mrs Halliday aboard the cruise-sh...

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    General Fiction

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    Suspense

    "You mustn't go to Meade House. I've heard..." Ambrose Minstrel, the inventor, is undoubtedly eccentric. But even his oddities cannot account for the strange events at Meade House. Young Hugo Ross, Minstrel's new secretary, feels that all the dark ha...

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    Suspense

    When she had let down her case, she locked her bedroom door. And then she put out the light and climbed out of the window. Marooned as a baby, Valentine Ryven has been on a deserted South Sea island for twenty years, before she is rescued and returne...

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    General Fiction

    Patricia Wentworth (1878 - 1961) was a British crime fiction writer. She wrote a series of 32 crime novels (classic-style whodunits) many featuring Miss Silver, the first of which was published in 1928, and the last of which was published in the year...

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    Suspense

    The parcel was addressed in sprawling capitals to "Antony Rossiter, Esq. By hand." There was no more address than that. A sea-faring man brings an unassuming brown paper parcel to the offices of a distinguished law-firm. It soon plunges intelligence ...

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    Suspense

    Someone wanted her to HANG! Carey Silence stood in court charged with a murder she knew she had not done. Somewhere a killer was at large…someone who had quietly poisoned an old woman to prevent a shocking secret from becoming known…and to sto...

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