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Who Pays the Piper? [Account Rendered] (Ernest Lamb #2)

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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:Who Pays the Piper? [Account Rendered] (Ernest Lamb #2)
Elles, Dora Amy  Writing under the pseudonym: Wentworth, Patricia   
(51 of 51 for author by title)
The Watersplash (Miss Silver #21)
Published:   1940
Publisher:Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.
Tags:fiction, mystery

'I always get what I want.' Thus spoke Lucas Dale, a wealthy man in his early forties who had come to live at King's Bourne, former family home of Susan Lennox.

He meant to have Susan as his wife, but she was already engaged. This did not deter him in his purpose and he resorted to blackmail to obtain Susan's promise to marry him.

He is murdered and suspicion falls on Susan's fiance who was heard to threaten his life.

This story with its unusual twists and turns is mystery writing at its best. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:199 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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