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The Key (Miss Silver #8)

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This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: The Works of Patricia Wentworth (1878-1961)

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Title:The Key (Miss Silver #8)
Elles, Dora Amy  Writing under the pseudonym: Wentworth, Patricia   
(27 of 51 for author by title)
Ladies’ Bane (Miss Silver #22)
The Ivory Dagger (Miss Silver #18)
Published:   1946
Publisher:Hodder and Stoughton Ltd.
Tags:detective, fiction, Miss Silver (Fictional character), mystery, female detectives

It's the 1940s. World War II is raging and a Jewish refugee in England is working on a substance that could give Britain an edge in the war. Michael Harsch has worked for years trying to perfect his work and now he's finally ready to turn it over to the War Office. He calls Sir George Rendal to let him know of the success and makes arrangements to turn his findings and all his notes over the next day. It's an appointment that he'll never keep. Harsch goes to the church to relax with music and is later found dead beside the organ. And a German pistol is found beside him. The door is locked and key is in his pocket. There are other keys--but they all seem to be accounted for. A coroner's jury brings in a verdict of "suicide while the balance of his mind was disturbed." But Harsch's friends don't believe it and Janice Meade calls in Miss Maud Silver to find out the truth. Miss Silver's years as a governess have given her plenty of insight into human nature. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Elles, Dora Amy

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Dora Amy Elles (November 10, 1878 - January 28, 1961) wrote under the pen name of Patricia Wentworth. She was a British crime writer, best known for her Miss Silver Mysteries, though she also wrote romantic novels. Miss Silver is frequently compared to Agatha Christie's Jane Marple, though Patricia Wentworth's first Miss Silver novel pre-dated Agatha Christie's first Miss Marple novel by two years, and may well have inspired Agatha Christie.

In Marion Shaw & Sabine Vanacker's book Reflecting on Miss Marple, they said: "while Miss Marple may receive ten times the attention as Miss Silver, ... the woefully neglected Miss Silver is the real deal - a professional investigator and a stand-up woman, a true forerunner of all future female private eyes."

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