This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: The Works of Patricia Wentworth (1878-1961)
|Title:||The Fire Within|
|Publisher:||G. P. Putnam's Sons|
This book starts off with a wealthy old codger whose declining health is causing him to question his mortality. When he dies suddenly of arsenic poisoning, the stage appears to be set for a promising murder mystery. As the story unfolds, however, we are dealt a completely different hand. The remainder of the story revolves around the relationships between the old man's nephew Edward, Edward's wife Mary, Mary's sister Elizabeth, and David, the doctor. The book is categorized as a classic romance, and it is just that. [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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