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Grey Mask (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 1)
by Patricia Wentworth
Governess-turned-detective Miss Silver investigates a deadly conspiratorial ring Charles Moray has come home to England to collect his inheritance. After four years wandering the jungles of India and South America, the hardy young man returns to the manor of his birth, where generations of Morays have lived and died. Strangely, he finds...
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Fool Errant (The Benbow Smith Mysteries)
by Patricia Wentworth
Political intrigue and industrial espionage are brewing in Britain’s Foreign Office in this thriller from the author of the Miss Silver Mysteries   On a dark, foggy night, Hugo Ross encounters a beautiful woman. She claims to be running away and begs Hugo not to tell anyone that he’s seen her. Before boarding her train, she warns...
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The Case Is Closed (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 2)
by Patricia Wentworth
In this classic British mystery, a revised will, a troubled upper-class marriage, and a witness who may be mad are keys to a seemingly solved murder case.   Marion Grey is growing used to the idea that her husband will never leave prison. After the horrors of a very public trial she is almost able to find relief in her...
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Lonesome Road (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 3)
by Patricia Wentworth
Miss Maud Silver, governess-turned-sleuth, follows a trail of poison-pen letters to save an heiress from a murderer.   The plate over the bell at London’s Montague Mansions reads “Miss Silver, Private Enquiries.” Despite having an appointment, Rachel Treherne hesitates. Even as a young woman, Rachel always had a steady head...
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Mr. Brading's Collection (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 17)
by Patricia Wentworth
A collector enlists Miss Silver’s help when his valuable jewels attract criminal attention He cannot say why, but Lewis Brading is an uneasy man. A collector of valuable jewels, he has taken the utmost precautions to safeguard what is most precious to him. He houses his gems in a concrete annex, protected by a reinforced steel...
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The Girl in the Cellar (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 32)
by Patricia Wentworth
Miss Silver helps a woman with no memory reconstruct a terrible crime She awakes in a dark place. A young woman with a shattered memory, she knows neither who she is nor how she came to be in this abandoned house. All she possesses is a faint sense that someone is lying dead at the foot of the stairs. Horrifyingly, she is correct....
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Eternity Ring (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 14)
by Patricia Wentworth
The postwar English countryside is rocked by murder and a vanishing corpse in this classic mystery perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers.   Det. Sgt. Frank Abbot of Scotland Yard thought he’d spend a quiet holiday at his family’s estate near the quaint village of Deeping. Instead, he got intrigue and wild...
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Ladies' Bane (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 22)
by Patricia Wentworth
Governess-turned-sleuth Miss Silver unravels a tangled web of marriage, mystery, and murder in the English countryside No one has seen Allegra Trent since she got married. Her husband, Geoffrey, swept her off her feet and out of London to a faraway town called Bleake, consumed with the dream of owning a ramshackle medieval estate...
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The Summerhouse (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 27)
by Patricia Wentworth
Miss Silver searches for the killer of an oppressive old woman Althea Graham might have had a life of her own, had it not been for her mother. But when her father died she inherited her bitter, temperamental parent along with the house, and she has borne that burden ever since. She nearly escaped once, but her engagement to...
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The Chinese Shawl (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 5)
by Patricia Wentworth
In this classic British mystery starring a sleuth “who has her place in detective fiction as surely as Lord Peter Wimsey or Hercule Poirot,” Miss Silver investigates a murder that may have its roots in a new romance—or an old family feud (Manchester Evening News).   An amateur who happened on a career in theater, Tanis Lyle has...
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Miss Silver Comes to Stay (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 16)
by Patricia Wentworth
On vacation in a tiny village, Miss Silver investigates a murder with a decades-old motive The citizens of Melling are perfectly ordinary—exactly the sort one finds in just about every cozy English village—and to a certain person they might even appear boring. But to Miss Silver, people are always interesting. It has been some...
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The Listening Eye (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 28)
by Patricia Wentworth
A deaf woman learns something she shouldn’t, and she asks Miss Silver for protection Paulina Paine was buried under her house during the Blitz. She spent twenty-four hours trapped underneath the rubble, where the silence was absolute as the grave, and only after she escaped did she realize that the bomb that spared her life had...
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In the Balance (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 4)
by Patricia Wentworth
His first wife died suddenly—and his wealthy new bride may be about to meet a similar fate . . .   Former schoolteacher Miss Maud Silver is on her way back to London when, with a violent shudder of the train, a young woman is thrust into her compartment. She’s beautiful, well dressed, newly married, and wealthy—a lethal...
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The Fingerprint (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 30)
by Patricia Wentworth
Miss Silver joins a friend from Scotland Yard to investigate a suspicious suicide Frank Abbott’s vacations never last very long, and his trip to Field End is no exception. He has hardly enjoyed a moment of Jonathan Field’s hospitality before tragedy strikes. A niece ventures into old Jonathan’s study at night to ask him a...
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She Came Back: A Miss Silver Mystery Series, Book 9 (The Miss Silver Mysteries)
by Patricia Wentworth
A noblewoman seems to come back from the dead, and Miss Silver must help verify her identity Anne Jocelyn has been dead for some time. She and a friend were killed trying to escape the first German assault on France; her husband, Phillip, survived to bring back her body for burial, after which he joined the war against the monsters...
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Through the Wall (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 19)
by Patricia Wentworth
Governess-turned-sleuth Miss Silver takes on a murder case involving a surprise inheritance and a feuding family.   Martin Brand always had a dark sense of humor. Surrounded by relatives he despised, he looked forward to the day when, dead and buried, he would no longer have to concern himself with them. As a last joke, he willed his...
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The Watersplash (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 21)
by Patricia Wentworth
A gardener’s death sends a country house into a frenzy, and Miss Silver swoops in to set things right Edward Random returns to Deeping a forgotten man. Although raised in the village’s manor house, he is no longer wealthy—the result of a quarrel with an uncle, which left him out of the old man’s will. For years Edward’s...
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The Benevent Treasure (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 26)
by Patricia Wentworth
A young woman goes to the country to reconnect with old relatives, and stumbles on a murder only Miss Silver can solve   An orphan of the Second World War, Candida Sayle has gotten so used to life with her guardian that she never considered that she might have a family somewhere. When her guardian dies, a letter appears from an...
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Dark Threat (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 10)
by Patricia Wentworth
Miss Silver visits the country to keep an eye on a friend who may be in peril It is time for Judy to get out of London. Her sister and brother-in-law have just perished in an air raid, leaving her in charge of their four-year-old daughter, and Judy wants no more to do with death. She arranges for work in a piece of the countryside...
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Vanishing Point (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 25)
by Patricia Wentworth
Miss Silver investigates a disappearance in a village near a top-secret government research facilityJenny Maxwell is a bright young child. After an automobile accident leaves her barely able to walk, she retreats into a world of fantasy, devouring novel after novel of steamy romance. Now she has begun to write, and for a twelve-year-old...
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The Catherine Wheel (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 15)
by Patricia Wentworth
When a complicated inheritance case turns deadly, Miss Silver suspects an entire family An advertisement appears in the newspaper, asking for genealogical information from descendants of a certain Jeremiah Taverner, who died in long-ago 1888. It looks like an ordinary notice by a curious scholar, but the question is not nearly as...
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The Key (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 8)
by Patricia Wentworth
The murder of a government scientist demands the attention of Miss Silver Michael Harsch’s life has never been easy. A German Jew, he fled his country when Hitler came to power, escaping the concentration camps by the skin of his teeth. His wife and daughter were not so lucky, and he vowed revenge on the Fuhrer through science....
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Wicked Uncle (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 12)
by Patricia Wentworth
Miss Silver investigates the murder of one of Britain’s most powerful men   Dorinda Brown takes a job working for the wealthy Porlock family on a whim, and quickly finds it to be the hardest position she has ever had. The father, Gregory, is a charming tyrant—just the sort of man her aunt always warned her about. His wife is an...
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Poison in the Pen (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 29)
by Patricia Wentworth
A series of cruel letters upends life in a small village, and Miss Silver searches for the anonymous scribe It is through her friend Frank Abbott, of Scotland Yard, that Miss Silver first learns of the anonymous letters. A widowed cousin of his, living in a small country village, is being tortured by an unknown author who...
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The Ivory Dagger (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 18)
by Patricia Wentworth
When a broken engagement leads to murder, Miss Silver hunts for the killer Bill Waring went to America with a bright future ahead of him. In London he had a promising career and the love of a young beauty, Lila Dryden, and there were plans for marriage when he returned from overseas. But then a freak train accident puts their...
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The Clock Strikes Twelve (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 7)
by Patricia Wentworth
Miss Silver investigates the murder of a great British industrialist Though they share a manor house, the Paradines are not close, and their patriarch does nothing to discourage the petty jealousies that divide wealthy families. A cold figure, James Paradine prefers work to his relations, but on New Year’s Eve he convenes the...
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Miss Silver Deals with Death (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 6)
by Patricia Wentworth
Maud Silver, governess-turned-sleuth, investigates a case of blackmail in a once-grand London apartment house.  Vandeleur House was great once. The home of a prominent court painter, its ballroom and parlors hosted the brightest of the Victorian era. Now divided into eight flats, it is an apartment building whose glorious façade...
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Out of the Past (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 23)
by Patricia Wentworth
A desperate man’s quest for money leads to murder, and Miss Silver hunts for the killer Carmona is lucky not to marry Alan Field. Charming though he may be, the young man is a rascal, and though her heart breaks when he disappears on the eve of their wedding, she is surely much better off. By the time she learns that Alan has...
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The Silent Pool (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 24)
by Patricia Wentworth
An actress who fears her life is threatened comes to Miss Silver for help Mrs. Smith is not the first woman who has come to Maud Silver, the genteel private detective, claiming that someone is trying to kill her. She tells a story of attempted poisoning, a shove down a flight of stairs, and a house full of relatives who might want...
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A Marriage Under the Terror
by Patricia Wentworth
The award-winning debut from one of Britain’s most cherished crime writers Before she created the iconic Miss Silver, Patricia Wentworth found acclaim as an author of page-turning romances. Set during the French Revolution,  A Marriage Under the Terror  is a gripping tale of love blossoming in the ashes of betrayal, and a...
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A Marriage Under the Terror
by Patricia Wentworth
To A Marriage Under the Terror has been awarded in England the first prize in the Melrose Novel Competition, a competition that was not restricted to first stories. The distinguished literary reputation of the three judges—Mrs. Flora Annie Steel, Miss Mary Cholmondeley, and Mrs. Henry de la Pasture—was a guaranty alike to the...
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Who Pays the Piper? (The Ernest Lamb Mysteries)
by Patricia Wentworth
A blackmailing businessman turns up dead in this gripping mystery from the creator of the beloved Miss Silver   Lucas Dale always gets what he wants. And this time he wants another man’s fiancée: Susan Lenox. Never mind that she’s engaged to Bill Carrick, an up-and-coming architect without a farthing to his name. Cathleen...
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The Black Cabinet
by Patricia Wentworth
Chloe Dane inherits a fabled ancestral estate—and plunges into deadly danger—in this novel of romance and suspense from the author of the acclaimed Miss Silver Mysteries   The lowly assistant to a London dressmaker, Chloe Dane yearns for a new life. She has bittersweet memories of being a carefree child playing hide-and-seek at...
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Run!
by Patricia Wentworth
In the English countryside, a man is caught up in an intricate web of greed and murder, in this mystery from the creator of Miss Silver   The nightmare begins when James Elliot gets lost on a dark, foggy country road. When he stops at a house to ask for directions, a woman rushes out and tells him to run. Seconds later, shots are...
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Death at the Deep End (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 20)
by Patricia Wentworth
Miss Silver searches for a lonely young woman who has disappeared Anna Ball has disappeared. For a year she has moved from one job as a nanny to another, unable to settle or make friends. After just a month with her last family, she walks down the road, steps onto a bus, and is never seen again. No one notices she has gone.  ...
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Beggar's Choice
by Patricia Wentworth
In 1929, a down-on-his-luck Londoner gets swept up in a high-stakes game of deception and mystery   Carthew “Car” Fairfax has just been rejected from an advertising job when he comes face-to-face with an ex-flame. Three years after breaking off their affair, Car still pines for the beautiful, elegant Isobel Tarrant. Following...
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Fear by Night
by Patricia Wentworth
The heiress to a vast fortune is targeted in this page-turning novel from the author of the Miss Silver Mysteries   Ann Vernon is lunching at the Luxe when she overhears two people talking about someone who must be gotten out of the way. She has no idea that she’s that very someone! Against the advice of her boyfriend, Charles...
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The Coldstone
by Patricia Wentworth
Suspense and romance unite in this novel of mayhem and adventure set in the English countryside from the author of the Miss Silver Mysteries   When Anthony Colstone inherits an ancestral estate that dates back to Elizabethan England, there is one ironclad condition: The property is never to be excavated and the ancient stones known...
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Weekend with Death
by Patricia Wentworth
This thriller from the author of the Miss Silver Mysteries offers fascinating insight into the British mindset during World War II   While waiting for a train connection, Sarah Marlowe is drawn into a conversation with an elderly woman who is also traveling alone. For the past five years, Emily Case has lived in Italy as companion to a...
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Hole and Corner
by Patricia Wentworth
The death of an American multimillionaire has a profound—and dangerous—effect on a young Englishwoman in this novel of romantic suspense   William Ambrose Merewether altered his will just before his death, leaving his millions to descendants of his cousin Jane Lorimer, who may or may not still be alive. But the legacy hinges on one...
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Touch and Go
by Patricia Wentworth
This mystery ratchets up the suspense as a governess tries to save her teenage charge from a deadly fate  “No one can take a mother’s place.”   But Sarah Trent is determined to try. She has just been engaged as governess to seventeen-year-old Lucilla Hildred, whose mother and stepfather were killed in a car accident. Lucilla’s...
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Outrageous Fortune
by Patricia Wentworth
A man survives a shipwreck—only to finds his memory wiped clean and a stranger at his bedside claiming to be his wife   The Alice Arden was bound for Scotland until she hit a nasty current and was smashed to bits on the rocky cliffs off the coast of Sussex. A man believed to be a survivor of the shipwreck is found unconscious...
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Hue and Cry
by Patricia Wentworth
Accused of being a thief and spy, an English governess becomes a fugitive in this cunningly plotted mystery   In six months, Marion “Mally” Lee will wed the dashing Roger Mooring and become mistress of Curston, his family estate. Determined to enjoy her freedom before she becomes a married woman, Mally impulsively accepts a...
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Dead or Alive (The Frank Garrett Mysteries)
by Patricia Wentworth
The widow of a missing British spy is thrust into mortal danger in this suspenseful tale by the author of the Miss Silver Mysteries   A year after a body presumed to be that of her missing husband turns up, someone breaks into Meg O’Hara’s flat and leaves her a shocking message. Is it a horrible trick? Or is Robin O’Hara...
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The Amazing Chance
by Patricia Wentworth
A former soldier who’s been unwittingly living another man’s life is given the chance to turn back the clock   Anton Blum is the strongest man in Konigswald. But the German peasant is mute; he hasn’t spoken a word since he was wounded in action nearly a decade earlier. On a stormy night, he is recruited by British officers...
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The Dower House Mystery
by Patricia Wentworth
In this atmospheric tale from the author of the Miss Silver Mysteries, a widow is reunited with her girlhood love in a house haunted by all-too-human ghosts   They meet again in the dusk of a ruined garden. Amabel Grey hasn’t laid eyes on Julian Forsham in twenty years, not since she gave him up—the man she’d fallen passionately...
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Nothing Venture
by Patricia Wentworth
A courageous heroine risks her life to save the man she loves   Jervis Weare is in a predicament. According to Ambrose Weare’s will, his grandson must marry within three months or the vast estate goes to his great-niece: Jervis’s fiancée Rosamund Carew. But the deceiving society beauty has just dumped Jervis, which leaves him...
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The Miss Silver Mysteries Volume One: Grey Mask, The Case Is Closed, and Lonesome Road
by Patricia Wentworth
The first three Miss Silver Mysteries introduce the British governess-turned-sleuth and a “timelessly charming” series (Charlotte MacLeod). From a “first-rate storyteller,” here are three full-length mystery novels in one volume, set in England between the two world wars and featuring Maud Silver, a retired governess and teacher...
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The Alington Inheritance (The Miss Silver Mysteries Book 31)
by Patricia Wentworth
When a question of inheritance turns fatal, Miss Silver searches for the killerJenny has never been one to feel sorry for herself. The illegitimate child of a wealthy man and a statureless woman, she has been an orphan since before she can remember. It is a hard life made bearable only by the kindness of her guardian, an old woman named...
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Silence in Court
by Patricia Wentworth
This London courtroom drama alternates between a murder trial and the events leading up to the crime When Carey Silence first arrived at No. 13 Maitland Square, she was orphaned and penniless. Being taken in by her cousin, the very rich and domineering Honoria Maquisten, seemed the answer to her prayers. But what Carey encounters is...
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The Devil's Wind
by Patricia Wentworth
Helen Wilmot, a resourceful and loyal young woman, journeys to India to live with her widower father and Adela Lauriston, her ravishing yet headstrong cousin. When Helen’s father dies, she moves in with Adela and her husband, the dashing Captain Richard Morton. Adela’s flirtatious behavior and imperious attitude set tongues wagging...
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Devil's Wind
by Patricia Wentworth
A thrilling tale of love, adventure, and survival during the Indian Mutiny of 1857 by the creator of the iconic Miss Silver Helen Wilmot, a resourceful and loyal young woman, journeys to India to live with her widower father and Adela Lauriston, her ravishing yet headstrong cousin. When Helen’s father dies, she moves in with Adela and...
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