This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: The Works of Patricia Wentworth (1878-1961)
|Title:||The Black Cabinet|
|Publisher:||Hodder and Stoughton Ltd.|
A poor but beautiful young girl is made heiress of her mysterious cousin who has made a tidy fortune in blackmailing. The capital—indiscreet letters which would rule the lives of all sorts of distinguished English people—is kept secret in a safe behind a black cabinet. Cousin Dane whispers the combination to Chloe and straightaway dies. His mistake in his career was in having accomplices and poor Chloe falls into their hands. They stop at nothing, but she succeeds in opening the safe and destroying the letters. [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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