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Miss Silver joins a friend from Scotland Yard to investigate a suspicious suicide.

Frank Abbott’s vacations never last very long, and his trip to Field End is no exception. He has hardly enjoyed a moment of Jonathan Field’s hospitality before tragedy strikes. A niece ventures into old Jonathan’s study at night to ask him a question, and finds him stone cold with a revolver by his hand. An obvious suicide, it seems, but Inspector Abbott is not so sure.

He asks his friend Maud Silver, the brilliant detective, for assistance. She agrees it must be murder. But who is the killer? Assisting their investigation is the dead man’s strange habit of fingerprinting all who come to visit. But there are fingerprints all over the house, and solving this murder will require Miss Silver’s particularly delicate touch.

©1956 Patricia Wentworth (P)2008 Isis Publishing Ltd.

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Bit of fun

I enjoyed this although would have liked a narrator who made a little effort in acting the characters. It’s far too long with elongated sentences and over fluffed ideas. Still it’s a bit different from the stories about mothers and their adored children.

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  • 22-08-2020

Fairly Predictable but Still Well Done

Story like a cozy Sherlock Holmes. Villains fairly obvious but the story is full and complete, the characters well rounded out and believable. Satisfying ending. Narrator one of my favorite readers. Took a minute to get into the book since so many characters were introduced at once but past that, fine. Got through in one day. Not life changing but kept my mind busy at work and I didn’t tire of it.

Clean and appropriate for a teenager too. You may have to explain that “make love” at this time meant flirt or court.

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  • Sallyk575
  • 17-12-2021

Another enjoyable mystery with Miss Silver

Thus mystery is another solid mystery with Miss Silver that has Frank Abbott as the lead investigator in a murder. It was interesting to read about previous characters from The Eternity Ring. These characters included Frank’s relatives and the young woman who had been injured and spent time listening in on phone calls. (I do wonder why she can’t have a wheelchair to get about. Cecily Abbott, now Hathaway is her friends and wealthy. It seems like she would have been willing to provide it given she visits her frequently to bring her books. But then again, she would not have been sitting in her bed with the telephone at hand 24/7 so that she could provide vital information that lead to the discovery of the murderer. It would have been a good to include in the wrap up to give her a happier ending, so to speak. But, I have digressed…). Miss Silver’s sensitivity to which approach will coax an individual to share information is admirable. I am encouraged to exhibit patience in interactions with others. Diana Bishop’s narration is excellent, as always. She is the voice of Miss Silver. She can portray a male voice without sounding as if she is trying to force a low tone that sounds angry or stiff, as I have observed with other female narrators attempting to portray male characters. Overall, the audio book is a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience.

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