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The Alington Inheritance (Miss Silver #31)

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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 Alington Inheritance (Miss Silver #31)
Elles, Dora Amy  Writing under the pseudonym: Wentworth, Patricia   
(1 of 51 for author by title)
Anna, Where Are You? [AKA Death at Deep End] (Miss Silver #20)
Published:   1958
Publisher:J. B. Lippincott Company
Tags:detective, England, fiction, Miss Silver (Fictional character), mystery, female detectives

Orphaned Jenny Hill has always known that she is the illegitimate daughter of Richard Forbes, heir to Alington House and its fortune, who died in the war. The house passed to his brother and his family, and Jenny has grown up in a cottage just opposite the gates, living with her mother's former governess, and intimate with the Forbes family. Then just before her governess dies, she tells Jenny that her father did marry her mother, and she is the legitimate heir to Alington House and its fortune. Mrs. Forbes and her son Mac learn the truth as well, and start scheming how to keep the house and the fortune, through marriage or murder. When Jenny hears of their plans, she flees, but trouble follows her--and she is not necessarily the one who will suffer. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:212 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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