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Miss Silver must intervene when an age-old family feud returns with fatal effect All London loves Tanis Lyle. A beautiful amateur who happened accidentally on a career in the theater, she has just finished filming her first motion picture. Though not classically beautiful, she does have an enormous amount of charm and style, and seems to hypnotize all who meet her. This is Miss Silver must intervene when an age-old family feud returns with fatal effect All London loves Tanis Lyle. A beautiful amateur who happened accidentally on a career in the theater, she has just finished filming her first motion picture. Though not classically beautiful, she does have an enormous amount of charm and style, and seems to hypnotize all who meet her. This is the effect she has on Laura Fane, a distant cousin who has long heard rumors of the relative who, because of a long-standing family feud, she has never been allowed to meet until now. But then someone dies, and Miss Silver and Laura quickly learn that a desirable woman may invite hate just as readily as she does love.


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Miss Silver must intervene when an age-old family feud returns with fatal effect All London loves Tanis Lyle. A beautiful amateur who happened accidentally on a career in the theater, she has just finished filming her first motion picture. Though not classically beautiful, she does have an enormous amount of charm and style, and seems to hypnotize all who meet her. This is Miss Silver must intervene when an age-old family feud returns with fatal effect All London loves Tanis Lyle. A beautiful amateur who happened accidentally on a career in the theater, she has just finished filming her first motion picture. Though not classically beautiful, she does have an enormous amount of charm and style, and seems to hypnotize all who meet her. This is the effect she has on Laura Fane, a distant cousin who has long heard rumors of the relative who, because of a long-standing family feud, she has never been allowed to meet until now. But then someone dies, and Miss Silver and Laura quickly learn that a desirable woman may invite hate just as readily as she does love.

30 review for The Chinese Shawl

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jaline

    Patricia Wentworth does it again. Written in 1943, the fifth book in her Miss Silvers series kept me turning pages as fast as I could. When other commitments made me set the book down, one part of my mind was still thinking about the characters in the book, puzzling over the mysteries, sifting through motives and opportunities to figure out whodunit. The majority of this novel takes place in an English country manor during a weekend party. Miss Silver is there on a different matter and when she r Patricia Wentworth does it again. Written in 1943, the fifth book in her Miss Silvers series kept me turning pages as fast as I could. When other commitments made me set the book down, one part of my mind was still thinking about the characters in the book, puzzling over the mysteries, sifting through motives and opportunities to figure out whodunit. The majority of this novel takes place in an English country manor during a weekend party. Miss Silver is there on a different matter and when she resolves it, the family ask her to stay to help resolve the bigger problem that arises. The writing is terrific, with descriptions, plots, and characters knitted as perfectly as Miss Silvers’ work on a friend’s baby bootees. This was a great reading experience for me and I look forward to the sixth book on next month’s reading list!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Chinese Shawl (Miss Silver #5), Patricia Wentworth Miss Silver is a fictional detective featured in 32 novels by British novelist Patricia Wentworth. An amateur who happened on a career in theater, Tanis Lyle has just finished filming her first motion picture. The young woman has electric charm, and seems to hypnotize all who meet her—including Laura Fane, a distant cousin who, because of a long-standing family feud, has never been allowed to meet her glamorous relative. But while all of London The Chinese Shawl (Miss Silver #5), Patricia Wentworth Miss Silver is a fictional detective featured in 32 novels by British novelist Patricia Wentworth. An amateur who happened on a career in theater, Tanis Lyle has just finished filming her first motion picture. The young woman has electric charm, and seems to hypnotize all who meet her—including Laura Fane, a distant cousin who, because of a long-standing family feud, has never been allowed to meet her glamorous relative. But while all of London seems to love Tanis, her powerful effect on men causes some to despise her. And when the actress’s life is cut short by an unknown hand, investigator Miss Maud Silver will have to hunt for a killer. ‏‫‬‭The Chinese Shawl, Patricia Wentworth, ‏‫‬‭London‏‫‬‭: Hodder Paperbacks, Limited‏‫‬‭, 1969‏‫‬‭ = 1348. ISBN ‏‫‬‭0-340-10899-1, 192 Pages. تاریخ خوانش سال 1972 میلادی عنوان: شال چینی: کتاب پنجم میس سیلور؛ نویسنده: پاتریشیا ونت‌ورث؛ ا. شربیانی

  3. 4 out of 5

    Richard Derus

    What a complete and utter pleasure to read this fifth entry in the long-running series, especially after the ghastliness of the fourth. Took about four hours to get sucked in, bash the touchscreen of my Kindle in a fever of impatience to see if I was right about the perp (missed it), and bask in the glow of Miss Silver as she first came to my attention. (My first-ever Miss Silver was The Catherine Wheel back in the late 1970s.) The real reason series readers read the series is to visit with old f What a complete and utter pleasure to read this fifth entry in the long-running series, especially after the ghastliness of the fourth. Took about four hours to get sucked in, bash the touchscreen of my Kindle in a fever of impatience to see if I was right about the perp (missed it), and bask in the glow of Miss Silver as she first came to my attention. (My first-ever Miss Silver was The Catherine Wheel back in the late 1970s.) The real reason series readers read the series is to visit with old friends. Miss Silver, to this point, hasn't been a solid character in the stories. She's developed the mannerisms (that effin' cough) by now, and Author Wentworth now begins to fill in the character that will carry the books through more than 20 entries to come. If you're just starting to think about reading these books, I'd recommend starting here. Miss Silver is finally herself, not merely a collection of tics and crotchets. Nothing from earlier books, nothing of significance, is needed to appreciate the storytelling voice and the newly developed manner of Miss Silver being in the picture from the start, as it is in more modern series mysteries. Now about that storytelling voice...I've been schooled recently on how very unladylike it is of me to express disapprobation of female storytellers' failings as I see them. I will herewith attempt to mold my distastefully male grunts of dissatisfaction and displeasure into a more lady-friendly tone. Author Wentworth is a person of a particular time, one in which ladies were either hard and evil or soft and good. Women, that is to say the serving class female, could be both hard and good (or soft and evil, which is far far more common {pun intended} for them to be) but only because theirs was a, well, a tougher row to hoe than a lady's was. So ladies were always attempting to marry or kill someone of either, often both, genders. Coupling up is de rigueur in a Miss Silver mystery. The sleuth is a former governess and therefore is hard and good, and frequently acts as a distressed, helpless, lovely young lady's proxy in the scuffling conflicts of quotidian battles to secure her money and her man. This is jarring to my sensibilities. I don't think it makes the books unreadable, as do some other bygone horrors like racism and homophobia; but I am not a woman and I don't know what would make a story unreadable to one. As Author Wentworth began her career as a 1920s romance novelist of the Mills & Boon/Harlequin school I am inclined to roll my eyes and pass on by the ridiculous guff. There are countervailing pleasures in this read. Ma'at is maintained here by the perp being caught, the lovers being united, the benefits of class and cash being ladled into the bowls of the Best Sort, Our Kind of People. Socially regressive it might be, well it certainly is if I'm even somewhat honest, but a pleasure it also is. Seeing the patterns we've grown up treading upheld is a validation of our conditioning. It's a good thing for society when someone so far outside the norm as to be a murderer is prevented from killing again. In this case, the murderer kills twice; the second murder is one of those where the reader is expected to murmur "well, shame on them but really asking for it means no complaining when one gets it," and pass on. So that, dear reader, is what I most want you to know before launching your good self onto these placidly stormy waters. I do hope that was better than my raw and honest responses have proven to be.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    I always think of Patricia Wentworth as "Christie lite," though I don't mean that as an insult. Wentworth is a good writer and writes good mysteries, but she's definitely second rank. She's not as good as Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, Arthur Conan Doyle, or Erle Stanley Gardner. Her characters just don't come to life like theirs do, and Miss Silver, for all her excellent detecting, is no Miss Marple, the other spinster detective she is most compared to. Despite appearances, Miss Silver is not a ri I always think of Patricia Wentworth as "Christie lite," though I don't mean that as an insult. Wentworth is a good writer and writes good mysteries, but she's definitely second rank. She's not as good as Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, Arthur Conan Doyle, or Erle Stanley Gardner. Her characters just don't come to life like theirs do, and Miss Silver, for all her excellent detecting, is no Miss Marple, the other spinster detective she is most compared to. Despite appearances, Miss Silver is not a ripoff of Miss Marple. She first appeared in "Grey Mask" in 1928, two years before Miss Marple made her debut in "Murder at the Vicarage." However, it was another nine years before her second appearance in "The Case is Closed," which makes me wonder if Wentworth returned to Miss Silver after seeing the success of Miss Marple. "The Chinese Shawl" was published in 1943 and was the fifth Miss Silver book. Unlike Erle Stanley Gardner, who avoided dating his books, Wentworth places "The Chinese Shawl" firmly during World War II. Several male characters have either served in the military or are currently serving. There is also mention of bombings and evacuees. Laura Fane has turned 21, which means she is now of age. Her parents died when she was five, and she was raised by relatives. She is the owner of the Priory, a stereotypical country house, but the current residents are her distant cousins - Agnes Fane, Lucy Adams, and Tanis Lyle. Laura's father Oliver Fane was engaged to Agnes, but broke up with her when he met Laura's mother, Lilian. In a rage, Agnes took a wild ride on her horse - think Gerald O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind" - and had a nearly fatal accident, which has confined her to a wheelchair ever since. Agnes is very well off and has completely taken over the Priory, which she leases from Laura. She has raised her younger cousin, Tanis Lyle, a spoiled, utterly self-absorbed, and heartless young woman who enjoys playing with people's lives. Agnes wants to buy the Priory, so she can leave it to Tanis. However, Laura is reluctant to part with Priory, even though she has never visited it. Agnes invites Laura to visit, presumably so she can apply more pressure regarding the possible sale of the Priory. To make matters worse, Tanis is doing her best to get her claws into Carey Desborough, the young man that Laura loves. However, Tanis is not monogamous - she is also toying with Alistair, whose girlfriend Petra is becoming increasingly volatile over the situation, and Tim Madison, whose wife Sylvia appears to be on the edge of hysterics. Tanis is by far one of the most reprehensible characters in Wentworth's novels. Wentworth does an excellent job of raising the tension to an unbearable level. Then, of course, everything comes to a head early one morning. This is a good, though not great mystery. The romance between Laura and Carey was too quick to start and got very serious way too soon, and the characters are rather two-dimensional. I had a trouble telling the Maxwell brothers apart. However, the setting and history are both well done. It is also fun to watch Miss Silver humble a few pompous characters. An enjoyable read for a summer afternoon. Like Christie, it's not gory and can be enjoyed by all ages.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    This story begins – as do many of the stories from Miss Silver’s casebook – with a young woman who is not quite as secure, not quite as sure of her position, as she would like to be. Laura Fane was an orphan who would be coming into a significant inheritence on her 21st birthday, and as that day was drawing near she had to travelled to London, to visit the family solicitor. I loved Laura from the start. She had grown up in a quiet country home but she loved the ‘bubbles’ and ‘glitter’ of London th This story begins – as do many of the stories from Miss Silver’s casebook – with a young woman who is not quite as secure, not quite as sure of her position, as she would like to be. Laura Fane was an orphan who would be coming into a significant inheritence on her 21st birthday, and as that day was drawing near she had to travelled to London, to visit the family solicitor. I loved Laura from the start. She had grown up in a quiet country home but she loved the ‘bubbles’ and ‘glitter’ of London that she discovered with her cousins and their friends. She had the confidence to make her own decisions and express her feelings and opinions, and she had the grace to want others to understand and be happy. Laura knew that coming into her inheritance would force her to deal with a tricky family situation. Her father had jilted a cousin to marry her mother after a whirlwind romance. The jilted woman had never married, and she continued to live in the family’s country house that Laura owed but had never seen. She was wealthy and wanted to buy the house so that she could leave it to the orphaned niece she had raised; but Laura wasn’t at all sure that she wanted to sell the home that was one of the few links she had with her parents, sight unseen! Tanis Grey, that orphaned niece was the dark to Laura’s light. She was a young, charming and utterly irrestible femme fatale. I found her a little less convincing as a character than Laura, and I couldn’t quite believe that she wreeked the havoc that she did, but I understood the kind of woman she was very well. When she was invited to a house party at her own country home, Laura had mixed emotions. She wanted to see the house but she wasn’t at all sure that she wanted her first visit to be in a party at somebody else’s invitation; and she knew that it would uncomfortable that her hostess would want an answer to a question that she would be either unready or unable to give. Laura did go to the party, she fell in love with the house, and she found herself at the centre of a murder mystery when the Chinese shawl that she had inherited from her mother was used to silence a gun. She was the prime suspect, and she was horribly aware that she might have been the intended victim. The story twisted and turned beautifully, and I was completely caught up in it alongside Laura. Even though I knew that Patricia Wentworth always looks after her heroines, there was a real sense of jeopardy because she is so good at holding her reader in the moment. She is also very good at clothes, and she was able to use that talent to the full in this book. Houses and furnishings were just as well done and I know that I would recognise Laura’s family home and all of the party guests if I was taken there. Miss Silver was one of those guests, invited because she was an old friend of one of the older members of the family. She wasn’t asked to investigate the mystery, but of course she was concerned, she asked questions, she watched carefully, and she was ready to do whatever she could to help. She identified the murderer and so did I; but she the evidence led her to her conclusion whereas instinct and my knowledge of Miss Silver’s earlier cases led me to mine. That didn’t matter, because I don’t read Patricia Wentworth’s books for clever plotting and surprising outcomes, I read them to be caught up in a mystery alongside a lovely heroine. I enjoyed the inevitable romance in this book, and I particularly loved the dash of the gothic in this one. The psychology underpinning this story isn’t as interesting as it was in the previous Miss Silver book, but it is interesting; and there was more than enough that was right about this book – and not much at all that was wrong – allowing me to say that it is among my favourites to date and that I am eager to read more.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    I like that you can read one of these novels over the course of an evening.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Les Wilson

    This is how a book of this genre should be written. I have read over 2,000 books of this genre, and I put this book in my top 20. I will most likely read it again (this is reserved for very few books).

  8. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn Roberts Brooks

    Loved it! If you're new to Wentworth mysteries, you're going to love this one, and if you haven't read it in a while don't waste anymore time. My suggestion is to avoid any reviews that have spoilers! You'll want to enjoy the intricate twists and turns of the story. As always in Wentworth's suspense novels, there's a delightful romance at the heart of it. Fun read! I stayed up long after bedtime to finish it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura

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  10. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    An enjoyable Miss Silver mystery.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Laura Fane has never known her family on her father's side. Her long-dead parents eloped, breaking his engagement to his cousin Agnes, and estranging Laura from her kin. Agnes has long rented the only thing of value that Laura owns, the family estate, and now wants to buy it since Laura is finally of age. Laura has met and fallen in love with air hero Carey Desborough, who was engaged to her cousin Tanis, a beautiful woman who wants attention and acclaim. Tanis organizes a small house party wher Laura Fane has never known her family on her father's side. Her long-dead parents eloped, breaking his engagement to his cousin Agnes, and estranging Laura from her kin. Agnes has long rented the only thing of value that Laura owns, the family estate, and now wants to buy it since Laura is finally of age. Laura has met and fallen in love with air hero Carey Desborough, who was engaged to her cousin Tanis, a beautiful woman who wants attention and acclaim. Tanis organizes a small house party where murder is an uninvited guest. Fortunately for all--except one--Miss Maud Silver is visiting her old school friend Lucy, Agnes' companion.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This was my first Miss Silver mystery but it won't be my last. Oddly enough, Miss Silver was a secondary character in the book with the main focus on Laura Fane and her connections. This was set during the war and is a house party mystery (one of my favorites). This author was recommended when I was buying some Dorothy Sayer novels at Amazon the other day and I was able to get the book from my library.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Set in a mansion used in part for evacuees from London during WWII, this British murder mystery is one of the better ones in the writer's Maud Silver series. The interplay between Miss Silver and the investigating officer is well thought out and somewhat livelier than in most other series entries. Romance again is a critical element and the character of the villain is the same as in other series entries.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Kucharski

    Enjoyable read, though I must admit I wanted the person who got killed, to get killed a bit earlier! The "detective" here is a bit omniscient and also has info that she doesn't share with the audience until she makes a statement ... so it's not a story where you try to solve the crime seeing what the detective sees. Also, it was more a story about one woman who has this incredible control over men and wrecks so many lives with it. Interesting writing, but as a mystery it was just okay.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)

    I waver between 2.5 stars and 3 for this installment. At least all the Silver novels are standalones, and while this book is reasonably well plotted, some how it seems rather detached. Not "superficial", but somehow neither the characters nor the situations seemed engaging enough. Perhaps they didn't engage the author, either. It's the classic house-party mystery, though set in the WW2 years. Rationing and blackouts and the draft get a passing mention, but the war is very much "out there somewher I waver between 2.5 stars and 3 for this installment. At least all the Silver novels are standalones, and while this book is reasonably well plotted, some how it seems rather detached. Not "superficial", but somehow neither the characters nor the situations seemed engaging enough. Perhaps they didn't engage the author, either. It's the classic house-party mystery, though set in the WW2 years. Rationing and blackouts and the draft get a passing mention, but the war is very much "out there somewhere." This same cool detachment applies to the story itself. A beautiful young actress who enjoys playing with women's friendship and men's affections is not liked by many, and is trusted by none. Hardly surprising then, when she turns up as the cadavre du jour. Miss Silver is there, but again, she is background, almost uninvolved until the end. Her participation in the case consists only in talking to Inspector Randal, one of her previous nursery charges. There's a police sargeant named Stebbins...I wonder if his first name was Purley? (Rex Stout joke). I was a bit surprised that a young ingenue is the main character instead of Miss Silver; we see all the direct action through her eyes, while Miss Silver knits up the recaps in the tiresome tell-not-show ending. Perhaps it's because this was a wartime novel, but the romance, along with jealousy and spite and romantic betrayal, took up far more page-time than the actual case. And of course the killer is "unhinged"--they must be. How could a British subject voluntarily behave in such a barbaric fashion unless they were mad? Not in Miss Silver's world. Could have been better. The time and place are beautifully evoked, but the characters were like photos in a glamorous fashion magazine: brittle, posed and too stylised to be real people.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Scot

    This is the sort of traditional cozy I enjoy. We are at an English country manor home for a weekend party, but there are strong undercurrents of tension. Laura, our heroine, a kind orphan girl who is just coming into her inheritance at the age of 21, will be the owner of the family home, which currently houses an interesting collection of relatives from another branch of the family that had been feuding with her father. Laura, in fact, has never seen the manor before, and its current residents a This is the sort of traditional cozy I enjoy. We are at an English country manor home for a weekend party, but there are strong undercurrents of tension. Laura, our heroine, a kind orphan girl who is just coming into her inheritance at the age of 21, will be the owner of the family home, which currently houses an interesting collection of relatives from another branch of the family that had been feuding with her father. Laura, in fact, has never seen the manor before, and its current residents are concerned what might happen to them in the future. Throw into the mix a would be Hollywood film star cousin Tanis who is gorgeous, selfish, vindictive, and quite effective at seducing men to do whatever she wants--and she wants to make Laura, and anyone else who crosses her, miserable. UH oh--I think someone is going to end up dead this weekend. . . Miss Silver is just over there in the sitting room, crocheting in the corner, a guest of one of the older spinster relatives at the manor. But make no mistake--she's keeping track of everything!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I always love these wonderful cozy British manor house books. They are well written, the plot is tight without being confusing, the characters are well rounded and the period detail is always delightful. Miss Silver is just the sweetest lil' gal, hard not to adore her!! I highly recommend this book as well as the Miss Silver series. If you haven't met her, do yourself a favor and do so as soon as possible. You won't be sorry!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    4 STARS Laura Fane has returned to London to collect her inheritance but it is not the happy moment she anticipated. Her father was expected to marry a cousin but instead fell in love with Laura's mother. Her father has left her everything including the estate that his jilted finacee occupies. She wants Laura to sell her the place so she can leave it to her niece Tanis. Laura os not sure what to do. When Laura is summoned to visit Tanis' aunt Laura discovers Tanis is manipulated and will do anythi 4 STARS Laura Fane has returned to London to collect her inheritance but it is not the happy moment she anticipated. Her father was expected to marry a cousin but instead fell in love with Laura's mother. Her father has left her everything including the estate that his jilted finacee occupies. She wants Laura to sell her the place so she can leave it to her niece Tanis. Laura os not sure what to do. When Laura is summoned to visit Tanis' aunt Laura discovers Tanis is manipulated and will do anything to get her way, including blackmailing. When Tanis ends up murdered Miss Silver is on the case and everyone is a suspect. Another great mystery in the Miss. Silver series. Randal March, Miss. Silver's former charge aids her in solving the murder. I like the chemistry between the two much like Holmes and Watson. The way they bounce off of each other makes the solution of the mystery much more enjoyable.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Abbey

    1943, Miss Silver at a deadly house party weekend;; genteel PI - three-and-one-half stars. Wealthy family snipes at each other while at a weekend party at an isolated big house. Formulaic stuff, beautifully woven by a craftswoman. Not spectacular, filled with bits that have now become cliches, but a solid read, with a strong plot and very interesting characters. Comfortable and entertaining, until the denouement, when she trots out one of the oldest cliches ever, for the climax. But most of the n 1943, Miss Silver at a deadly house party weekend;; genteel PI - three-and-one-half stars. Wealthy family snipes at each other while at a weekend party at an isolated big house. Formulaic stuff, beautifully woven by a craftswoman. Not spectacular, filled with bits that have now become cliches, but a solid read, with a strong plot and very interesting characters. Comfortable and entertaining, until the denouement, when she trots out one of the oldest cliches ever, for the climax. But most of the novel was wonderful, if you like “that sort of thing”, and I do. Not quite HIBK style, but does have the obligatory lovers, a femme fatale, a controlling head-of-family, all the good stuff. A fun afternoon's read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Hickman Walker

    I really love the Miss Silver series. I can't say that I prefer her to Miss Marple, but there are aspects of her character that I like better than Miss Marple. This is a most enjoyable book, though I have to say that I thought it was perfectly obvious what the thing about the shawl was. I was not, however, sure of just who the murderer was until the very end and even then I wasn't absolutely certain until the confession. This is definitely worth reading and I would enjoy reading it again knowing I really love the Miss Silver series. I can't say that I prefer her to Miss Marple, but there are aspects of her character that I like better than Miss Marple. This is a most enjoyable book, though I have to say that I thought it was perfectly obvious what the thing about the shawl was. I was not, however, sure of just who the murderer was until the very end and even then I wasn't absolutely certain until the confession. This is definitely worth reading and I would enjoy reading it again knowing what I know about characters and motivations and so on. Though I'd still like to know why the two portraits were hung in the bedroom.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Having read several of these Miss Silver titles since the first one, I appreciated that this was the one that really provided a bit more "real" background on Miss Silver. This book featured as romantic couple Laura Fane and Carey Desborough. There is a long history of family jealousies and repercussions which end in a murder, of course. The policeman who comes to resolve the case was actually one of Miss Silver's long-time charges when she was in her governess time of life. The back and forth of Having read several of these Miss Silver titles since the first one, I appreciated that this was the one that really provided a bit more "real" background on Miss Silver. This book featured as romantic couple Laura Fane and Carey Desborough. There is a long history of family jealousies and repercussions which end in a murder, of course. The policeman who comes to resolve the case was actually one of Miss Silver's long-time charges when she was in her governess time of life. The back and forth of Randal March in his role as a professional investigator and as someone whose youth was spent learning from Miss Silver provides a human interest some of the earlier books have not had.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    “[The Chinese Shawl] was such a lovely thing—black ground and deep black fringe, every inch of the ground worked over in a pattern of fantastic loveliness and all the colours of a fairy tale.” This beautifully embroidered heirloom along with its young owner becomes involved with an old family feud and a femme fatale surrounded by a group of captivated admirers and their ticked-off significant others. When murder occurs, Miss Silver is already on the spot , doing a small private investigation. Th “[The Chinese Shawl] was such a lovely thing—black ground and deep black fringe, every inch of the ground worked over in a pattern of fantastic loveliness and all the colours of a fairy tale.” This beautifully embroidered heirloom along with its young owner becomes involved with an old family feud and a femme fatale surrounded by a group of captivated admirers and their ticked-off significant others. When murder occurs, Miss Silver is already on the spot , doing a small private investigation. The reader sees a different side of Miss Silver in this book as her loyalties are challenged.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    What a silly book. It is more of a romance than a mystery. There is lots of talk about fashion and style. There is love at first sight. There is a handsome man who also turns out to be fabulously wealthy. There actually is a mystery in the middle but I was so turned off by the shallow intrigues of the characters at the beginning that I flipped to the end to see who-done-it. Maybe the middle is good, but I was so irritated by the characters that I couldn't stand to read it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    When Laura Fane became of age, she is invited by her relations to visit the Priory, the home she rents out to them. Invited so that she can be persuaded by her cousin Agnes to sell the Priory, so Agnes can leave it to a relation Tanis Lyle. But Tanis has many enemies, most women hated her while the men found her irresistible. Of course Miss Silver is already a guest at the Priory on a different case. A decent mystery set during WW2 with Miss Silver more involved.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cera

    This is the first (chronologically) of Wentworth's novels I've really loved, although there are a few earlier ones that I'm waiting for via ILL. I adored the brightly coloured melodrama of Tanis. I thought WHH's Awakening Conscience gets mentioned in this one, but I think I'm mis-remembering. Oh, if only all books were searchable online!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    If you like Agatha Christie, you will probably also like Patricia Wentworth. These books were written in the 1930s-1940s and are set in that present. They are atmospheric, have an interesting "detective" and always some romance. This particular one had a challenging mystery that was not immediately solvable. Good read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    Waited too long to review and having problems remembering it. I remember that it was an older mystery writer (died about 50 years ago), and you could tell that it was dated by the settings, the writing style and even the cover pictures. I liked the main sleuth Miss Silver who was similar to Christie's Miss Marple character. I know I liked it enough to put another one on my TBR list.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Yorky Caz

    How did I miss these books! They are great - very similar to Miss marples with the main character Miss Silver been a little old lady without the bumblingness of Miss Marple but a very good detective regardless, will definitely be looking out for more of these

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Again, very like the two that preceded it, but no less charmingly so. It's now wartime in England, and very interesting to see how that's gone on within the context of the stories. I finished this in a couple of days--too bad!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sally

    I'm working my way through the Miss Silver series. I can't say exactly why I like them, except that I like Miss Silver and a bit of sweet romance is always touching. These are easy reads and simply a pleasure to breeze through.

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