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The Brading Collection (Miss Silver #17)

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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 Brading Collection (Miss Silver #17)
Elles, Dora Amy  Writing under the pseudonym: Wentworth, Patricia   
(8 of 50 for author by title)
The Case is Closed (Miss Silver #2)
Published:   1952
Publisher:Hodder and Stoughton Ltd.
Tags:detective, England, fiction, Miss Silver (Fictional character), mystery, female detectives

As in several of her other cases, Miss Silver is approached by a person who wishes her help. The next thing she knows the person's murder is headlined in the paper.

This is a not too shabby locked room mystery. The locked room is a windowless annex to a country club (once the murderee's private home). It has one door for which there are only two keys, one in the possession of the owner, the other in the hands of his secretary. The approach to the annex is along a glassed in corridor that is lighted at night so that any person using that route may be seen.

Yet one day Lewis Brading is found dead in the annex and it seems that only one man could have murdered him. However Miss Silver is there to make sure that the guilty and not the innocent suffer. [Suggest a different description.]

Comments:also known as Mr. Brading's Collection
Pages:286 Info

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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