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Eternity Ring: A Miss Silver Mystery DAME AGATHA CHRISTIE AND HER PEERSBOOK 58 1950 My God, you re hard You asked for it Just wanted to start this review with a highlight of this book, an exchange between a married couple.CAST 2 stars There are over 35 people in this story And there is no reason for most of them to be in this book Maggie Bell listens to neighbors talk on the phone, as there is an old style party line Does she hear too much She is 29 and had an accident at 12 years old, so about all she can do is lay aro DAME AGATHA CHRISTIE AND HER PEERSBOOK 58 1950 My God, you re hard You asked for it Just wanted to start this review with a highlight of this book, an exchange between a married couple.CAST 2 stars There are over 35 people in this story And there is no reason for most of them to be in this book Maggie Bell listens to neighbors talk on the phone, as there is an old style party line Does she hear too much She is 29 and had an accident at 12 years old, so about all she can do is lay around and listen to gossiping I d love to have seen her play a bigger part, she is the most interesting character here and is the only reason I m giving this element 2 stars About Maud Silver, Private Detective She knits for 200 of 254 pages and only on page 203 says she ll take the case Then, on page 205, Miss Silver continued to knit From her tightly netted fringe to her beaded slippers, she presented a perfect picture of the elderly English spinster, whose means, like her ideas, are strictly limited, and her position in the social scale such that she may quite safely be ignored or taken for granted Makes one appreciate Miss Marple, that s for sure The action, though, really ramps up on page 206 when Miss Silver knitted Take Wentworth s advice and simply ignore Silver I m not even sure why she is in this story Here s some dialogue you ll probably want to memorize Miss Alvinia It was the blood Miss Silver Dear me Miss Alvinia It was on the scullery floor Miss Silver Dear me There was blood on the scullery floor A few lines later Miss Alvinia Oh, yes Oh dear it was so horrid I mopped the floor and oh, it was dreadful The cloth was all red Not the the sort of red that would come off the bricks, but blood Oh dear, oh dear You can t make any mistake about blood, can you Personally, and this is just me, but yes, you can You can mop it up before Scotland Yard arrives to examine the crime scene IF it was this author s intention to partially author a send up of this genre, she did a good job.ATMOSPHERE 3 stars There is a creepy old house, natch And it has a secret panel, of course And dark steps lead toa dead body There are small towns like Deeping, not to be confused with Deepside And Abbotsleigh Tomlin s Farm provides us with Mary Stokes, who sees too much, and you can bet your entire 401K that either 1 she ll be fine and live happily ever after or 2 be killed in the next few chapters Did I mention the blood on the scullery floor I did like the atmosphere here the small towns of England, the men returning from WW2, a pub called The Bull, a lovely set of earrings, stolen jewelry, housekeepers sneaking around, lodgings no apartment buildings in 1950 I suppose , etc But it s that party line that provides many of the clues You d be surprised at how people will say just any ol thingwait, those party lines are much like social media today.CRIME S 3 This is my first Wentworth and I thought she did a good job setting up the crime scenes and creating a good mystery to solve You may solve it early My guess was a character from Scotland Yard Sargent Frank Abbott who suspiciously has tea for no reason at all with the nutty Vinnie, other than to ask lots of questions After all, he s the character most awake and relatively smart in this book And I can t say he isn t the killer.INVESTIGATION 2 stars Even though Miss Silver knits throughout the book, there is Chief Inspector Lamb of Scotland Yard and Constable May, the latter 2 asking the pertinent questions And Sargent Abbot grilling over tea.RESOLUTION 2 stars Everything is wrapped up nicely But for me, the romance is a little hard at times to believe A flower arrangement arrives in the last chapter and the last line is in Frenchjust a bit too much And Maggie Bell Wentworth seems to forget about her.SUMMARY 2.4 This author might be, at times, satirizing this genre Then again, the mystery is pretty good And oh there are lots of exclamation marks so that you ll know to get excited I ll try oneat least by this author Miss Silver is not my favorite detective a little of her is amusing, but the constant Tennyson grows a little tiresome but I ve decided to re read some of her books Frank Abbott is visiting some of his numerous relatives when a young woman bursts into a tea party with a tale of having witnessed a man dragging a corpse When police investigate, there s no sign of a corpse or of drag marks Frank isn t sure what happens, but he asks Miss Silver to visit, too, and see if she thinks the girl is l Miss Silver is not my favorite detective a little of her is amusing, but the constant Tennyson grows a little tiresome but I ve decided to re read some of her books Frank Abbott is visiting some of his numerous relatives when a young woman bursts into a tea party with a tale of having witnessed a man dragging a corpse When police investigate, there s no sign of a corpse or of drag marks Frank isn t sure what happens, but he asks Miss Silver to visit, too, and see if she thinks the girl is lying A second murder seems to answer that question, but also seems to incriminate Frank s cousin s estranged husband Since Wentworth usually manages to combine her mystery with some fem jep, you ll be keeping an eye on the cousin, too 3 1 2 starsThe narrative was a bit clumsy at the onset of this one Unfortunately, the author got prosy But even though the story had a shaky start, the author soon ceased writing such excessively flowery descriptions and redeemed herself in the end. Frank Abbot is present when a distraught girl appears claiming to have seen a man dragging the corpse of a young woman The corpse is wearing a very distinctive earring which looks like a diamond eternity ring but the second earring appears to be missing It is not Frank s case and he was only there are the time because he was staying with his uncle and aunt He is puzzled and asks his friend Miss Silver to come and stay and see if she thinks the girl is lying.What follows is an intriguing myste Frank Abbot is present when a distraught girl appears claiming to have seen a man dragging the corpse of a young woman The corpse is wearing a very distinctive earring which looks like a diamond eternity ring but the second earring appears to be missing It is not Frank s case and he was only there are the time because he was staying with his uncle and aunt He is puzzled and asks his friend Miss Silver to come and stay and see if she thinks the girl is lying.What follows is an intriguing mystery which may or may not involve Frank s cousin Cicely and her estranged husband, Grant Hathaway as well as many of the neighbours It is thanks to Miss Silver that the missing corpse is eventually discovered but not until another murder has taken place and there are evensuspects in the frame.I think this is one of Patricia Wentworth s best Miss Sliver mysteries featuring as it does her working in harmony with the police and making best use of her ability to fade into the background and be overlooked just when an intelligent listener is needed It is an interesting study in character and motivation written to an extremely high standard and with some excellent dialogue and a very good plot Lt Frank Abbott asks Miss Silver to come to the country to visit his family, because wierd things are happening A young woman claims she saw a dead body in the woods, and while she definitely had a frightening experience, there is no body and she is keeping something back Frank s cousin left her husband of three months and will tell no one what caused the split.In a small village, the local gossip hotline has grist for their mill.The romance in this one, if that is what it is supposed to be, Lt Frank Abbott asks Miss Silver to come to the country to visit his family, because wierd things are happening A young woman claims she saw a dead body in the woods, and while she definitely had a frightening experience, there is no body and she is keeping something back Frank s cousin left her husband of three months and will tell no one what caused the split.In a small village, the local gossip hotline has grist for their mill.The romance in this one, if that is what it is supposed to be, is too soap opera for me The cousin mopes around making sure everyone knows how miserable she is, but won t speak to a friend or her mother about what happened This is what happens in the soaps, troubles are caused by Olympic level jumping to conclusions and lack of communication The murderer is so obvious from about 1 3 of the way throunot the most enjoyable read If you did not know it from other books and common sense, at least here you learn why blackmailing a murderer is a bad idea They have already killed at least onceduh I have so many books in my house I probably have over 700 unread mysteries, yet sometimes it is difficult to know what to read and I just grab anything I like getting through the unread mysteries because then I can give them away which is my ultimate goal for most of the books in the house Anyway, I read this book in desperation I say it like that, because I already knew that I didn t like Wentworth s Miss Silver But, over the years, various people have said to me how much they like her, I have so many books in my house I probably have over 700 unread mysteries, yet sometimes it is difficult to know what to read and I just grab anything I like getting through the unread mysteries because then I can give them away which is my ultimate goal for most of the books in the house Anyway, I read this book in desperation I say it like that, because I already knew that I didn t like Wentworth s Miss Silver But, over the years, various people have said to me how much they like her, and I am doing a monograph on cozies and she kind of fits, so I thought, maybe I m wrong Maybe they are terrific They aren t Her stupid little cough still grates I hate her knitting I don t think she is incredibly clever She isn t as interesting as Miss Marple The only thing I like about the books or a few things she does do fem jep suspense decently though at the same time I hate to say that I thought Cis deserved to be killed a few times for stupidity I also really love seeing little snapshots of England after the war Other than that, Miss Wentworth, I m done I ve read 3, I didn t like them, and I see no reason why that will change Take an English village with the usual large cast of characters, add a mysterious unhappy marriage, and throw in the discovery of the body of an unknown woman for a typically complicated Wentworth plot But, there is an endearing dachshund, Bramble, and Miss Silver quickly puts everything back in order Miss Cicely brought her real nice books, and not the improving kind neither Maggie had a sharp eye for being improved, and an impenetrable armor against it She liked the age old success story t Take an English village with the usual large cast of characters, add a mysterious unhappy marriage, and throw in the discovery of the body of an unknown woman for a typically complicated Wentworth plot But, there is an endearing dachshund, Bramble, and Miss Silver quickly puts everything back in order Miss Cicely brought her real nice books, and not the improving kind neither Maggie had a sharp eye for being improved, and an impenetrable armor against it She liked the age old success story the barefoot boy who sells papers in the streets and becomes a millionaire, the girl who starts so plain that nobody will look at her and ends up a raving beauty or a duchess She liked a good murder, with all the corpse s friends and enemies suspected in turn Bramble was very funny when he ran His ears flopped, and every now and then he did a sort of spy hop which extended his view There might be rabbits, there might be birds, there might be another cat One of the later Miss Silvers and, in my opinion, one of the best A complex tale, full of twists and turns, I had indeed worked out the murderer only to be convinced, mid way through, that I was wrong The writing is succint, and it throws into high relief our tendencies to judge mainly erroneously on appearance A masterly denoument that shows how superficial mouthings of love can be and the difference when it is the real thing If you want to be thrown, puzzled and confused, then thi One of the later Miss Silvers and, in my opinion, one of the best A complex tale, full of twists and turns, I had indeed worked out the murderer only to be convinced, mid way through, that I was wrong The writing is succint, and it throws into high relief our tendencies to judge mainly erroneously on appearance A masterly denoument that shows how superficial mouthings of love can be and the difference when it is the real thing If you want to be thrown, puzzled and confused, then this is for you One caveat, however, I shall never be a fragile hyacinth supported by a strong bowl of metal But then, we can t be everything Mary Stokes was walking through Dead Man s Copse one evening when she saw, in the beam of a torch, the corpse of a young woman dressed in a black coat, black gloves, no hat and an eternity ring set with diamonds in her ear But when she and Detective Sergeant Frank Abbott went back to the wood the body had vanished This would have been mystery enough for Miss Silver to solve if a woman had not also reported that her lodger had gone out on Friday dressed in a black coat, black beret, black shoes and large hoop earrings set all round with little diamonds like those eternity rings She never came back A good average Miss Silver Mystery Mary Stokes discovers a dead body in Dead Man s Copse one evening but when she returns with a police officer it is no longer there Miss Silver becomes involved by this event and is determined to get to the bottom of it.She does, of course in the nick of time.

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