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 stretched to the limit by Lois and her bullying, and it was only a matter of time before somebody snapped. It was unthinkable of course...but if anyone ever murdered Lois Latter, it would be very embarrassing to discover just how many people might have wished her dead.
©1947 Patricia Wentworth. (P)2007 Isis Publishing Ltd.
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"Loved the Story but.."
While I liked that Miss Silver was less an observer and more a participant, I think she did not need to detail another explanation after the case concluded.
Also, though the story began with the inference that there was more reason for the victim's behavior than was obvious, that aspect was never again mentioned.
Otherwise, I enjoyed the character interaction and the excellent narration.
"Pay Attention to the Psychic."
Patricia Wentworth is my guilty secret in mysteries. Among contemporary murder mysteries with body parts all over the place and vampires and zombies, one is not amused or even entertained. These quiet little old family murders and the horror over scandal after the dirty deed are so much fun, that they are only exceeded by the pleasure in dialogue. Loved this one, because, perhaps she believed in Karma.
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