This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: The Works of Patricia Wentworth (1878-1961)
|Title:||The Ivory Dagger (Miss Silver #18)|
|Publisher:||Hodder and Stoughton Ltd.|
|Tags:||detective, fiction, Miss Silver (Fictional character), mystery, female detectives|
Herbert Whitall, a wealthy disagreeable bachelor is murdered shortly before he is due to be married. His fiancee is found standing over his body in a bloodstained dress - her guilt seems obvious, but she claims to have been sleepwalking. her aunt calls on Miss Silver to solve the case.
This is quite an enjoyable murder mystery, with a houseful of suspects, all of whom have good reason to want herbert Whitall dead, and despite the presence in the house of several policeman, it naturally is Miss Silver who sorts out which is the guilty one. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Elles, Dora Amy
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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