Ladies' Bane by Patricia Wentworth
(The Miss Silver Mysteries)

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Miss Silver travels to the country to investigate a young man who may be deceiving his wife

No one has seen Allegra Trent since she got married. Her husband swept her off her feet and out of London, to a faraway town called Bleake. She has stopped writing letters, and her family has begun to worry. Allegra’s husband is a strange man, consumed with the dream of owning a ramshackle medieval estate, and he intends to use his new wife’s money to do it. Why he wants to live there no one knows, but Josepha Bowden does not want his castle to become her goddaughter’s prison. She asks the help of Maud Silver, the former governess who now makes a living using her reason to unravel the intricacies of murder. There has been no killing in Bleake, but if Miss Silver doesn’t intervene quickly, there could be one soon.

About Patricia Wentworth

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Patricia Wentworth is the pseudonym for Dora Amy Elles, who was born in India on November 10, 1878. Under the Wentworth name, Elles wrote historical romances and mysteries. Many of the mysteries featured Miss Maude Silver, and these books are considered by some to rival the works of Agatha Christie. She died on January 28, 1961.
Published August 23, 2011 by Open Road Media. 240 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Romance. Fiction

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I found, after reading Ladies' Bane, that Miss Silver reminded me a great deal of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, of whom I'm a great fan.

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