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The Case Is Closed

Narrated by: Diana Bishop
Series: Miss Silver, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
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The Everton murder case has long been closed. The culprit has been charged with the murder of his uncle and has served a year of his sentence already. Or has he? The evidence against Geoffrey Grey is convincing but his wife believes in his innocence. And so does her young cousin, Hilary, who decides to solve the mystery herself. But when Hilary herself is nearly murdered she turns in desperation to her ex-fiancé for help. He calls upon the services of Miss Silver to help solve another mystery, which she does in her own original style.

©1937 Patricia Wentworth (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Kathi
  • 13-06-2014

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-05-2016

English cozy

This is an old-fashioned English cozy with a good mystery. Surprising strong female characters for the time period.

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  • Helen L.
  • 21-08-2018

Tightly woven tale

This story is really amazingly simple and transparent. It is also repetitive and goes over and over the same meager details until i wanted to stop listening, but I did not. I found I enjoyed the tale as it was crafted and thought it was a nice little listen.

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  • Molly
  • 05-05-2016

Always a Pleasure

Beautifully narrated, beautifully written, I listen to these over and over and continue to enjoy Patricia Wentworth's observations on humankind.

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  • sharon
  • 14-12-2015

Thoroughly Enjoyed This One!

I have read several Patricia Wentworth Mysteries and have loved all of them.
Great Narrator and unusual plots make for a wonderful Winter time experience.
It does not matter which book you choose as your first read. It is not necessary to read them in order. I hope Audible can get All of her books.

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  • Joanie
  • 14-12-2015

The Case is Closed

This is a promising new (old) series for me. I've read British mysteries for years, but only recently discovered Patricia Wentworth. Good plots, enjoyable characters & Miss Silver = a great read.

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  • Grammy Teri
  • 10-03-2015

Entertaining Mystery

Very entertaining mystery full of intrigue and twists. Very well written and performed. I continue to seek out these mysteries.

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  • Gail N.
  • 07-08-2018

Another cozy gem by Patricia Wentworth

The portrayal of women in this wonderful series by Patricia Wentworth seems far ahead of its time. Or perhaps the attitude towards women in our culture rises and falls over the years and we are just coming out of another slump. The book was first published in 1937, at the height of the Great Depression when many women had to work to help support their families. Of course, the "roaring twenties" was a period when women finally threw off the yoke of the Victorian era; women in the US got the vote in 1920. But women really shine in Ms. Wentworth's stories and this one is no exception. The character with the most initiative and courage is Hilary, a twenty something who is currently unemployed. The story takes place after the conviction of Hilary's cousin's husband in the Everton murder. Hilary does not believe in his guilt and sets out to prove otherwise. The prose is excellent and the narrator seals the deal. Highly recommended for Agatha Christie fans or cozy mystery fans in general.

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  • S P
  • 10-10-2020

Predictable

New the murderer, how it was done and the outcome from chapter 1. Miss Silver was not as mysterious. The heroine was spunky and likeable, but do not really recommend to mystery buffs.

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  • CGY
  • 07-01-2020

Tedious and repetitive

Oh dear. Not even the excellent narrator nor the appearance, finally, of the inimitable Miss Singer could salvage this one. The heroine seems unusually dense and the man in her life is boorish. Events are discussed ad nauseam and how the murder was accomplished was apparent from the start. This is one of the weaker books in the series.