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by Patricia Wentworth

eBook The Ivory Dagger download ISBN: 0340897872
Author: Patricia Wentworth
Publisher: Hodder Paperback; New Ed edition (2012)
Language: English
Pages: 368
ePub: 1852 kb
Fb2: 1680 kb
Rating: 4.1
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Category: Mystery
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Patricia Wentworth The Ivory Dagger Miss Silver – 1953 CHAPTER I The young man in the hospital bed threw out an arm and turned over

Patricia Wentworth The Ivory Dagger Miss Silver – 1953 CHAPTER I The young man in the hospital bed threw out an arm and turned over. His first conscious thought was that he must have called out, because the sound of his own voice was ringing in his ears, but he didn’t know why he had called out or what he had said. There was a screen round his bed. The light came in over the screen.

A jilted fiancé is suspected of murder in the series that offers some of the best examples of the British country-house murder mystery (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine). 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 happiness on hold

The Ivory Dagger book. One thing I can say is that Patricia Wentworth writes her characters with full knowledge ahead of time about their personalities and their psychological motivations

The Ivory Dagger book. One thing I can say is that Patricia Wentworth writes her characters with full knowledge ahead of time about their personalities and their psychological motivations. It is one of the aspects of her novels that I have witnessed time and again.

When Lila Dryden is discovered standing over the dead body of her irritating fiance with a dagger in her hand, Miss Silver is called in to investigate.

Author: Patricia Wentworth. When Lila Dryden is discovered standing over the dead body of her irritating fiance with a dagger in her hand, Miss Silver is called in to investigate. CHAPTER I3. CHAPTER II4.

Patricia Wentworth was born in Uttarakhand, India but as a young girl moved to London to study at Blackheath High School for Girls. After writing several romances she turned her hand to crime fiction

Patricia Wentworth was born in Uttarakhand, India but as a young girl moved to London to study at Blackheath High School for Girls. After writing several romances she turned her hand to crime fiction. She wrote dozens of bestselling mysteries before her death in 1961, and is recognised as one of the mistresses of classic crime fiction. Библиографические данные. The Ivory Dagger Miss Silver Series.

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Books related to The Ivory Dagger. More by Patricia Wentworth. The Girl in the Cellar.

Wentworth also wrote 34 books outside that series. She won the Melrose prize in 1910 for her first novel A Marriage Under The Terror, set in the French Revolution The Ivory Dagger, 1951. Through the Wall, 1950

Wentworth also wrote 34 books outside that series. She won the Melrose prize in 1910 for her first novel A Marriage Under The Terror, set in the French Revolution Works. The Ivory Dagger, 1951. Through the Wall, 1950. Anna, Where Are You? (or: Death At Deep End), 1951.

It gets you along very fast indeed, without making you too much out of breath. They were going to have a coffee at the Boar. Mrs. Reed made marvellous coffee-at least Bill said she did. If it had been bilgewater, Ray wouldn’t really have cared, only she wasn’t going to arrive all out of breath and have Bill think she had been in a hurry. He probably only wanted to talk about Lila anyhow

Bill Waring is collecting his wits in hospital after a train crash when he discovers that Lady Dryden, has pressured his fiancée Lila into an engagement with Herbert Whitall. Whitall is aggressive, with a cold-hearted possessiveness that expands past the bounds of the ivory collection he can't bear to lose. His employees hate him, Lila is terrified of him and it appears that he even has a hold on Lady Dryden. When a dagger in Whitall's collection becomes the instrument of his own death, there are many suspects. Miss Maud Silver must see that justice is done, not merely to punish the guilty, but to protect the innocent.
Comments: (7)
Unsoo
This is a delicious Miss Silver mystery. Not only are there lots of suspects, several of them find themselves in the room with the body while the blood is fresh from the stabbing. One of them, the lovely young Lila, has blood on her hand and dress!

It's Lila's aunt who summons Miss Silver to the house. The elderly Miss Silver, ex-governess turned private investigator, brings her knitting and her Victorian-style visiting clothes and arrives in good time to exercise her keen intelligence on the case. She listens to gossip, she charms disclosures from reluctant witnesses, she eavesdrops, and she makes gentle suggestions to the touchy Chief Inspector. His sergeant, the elegant and shrewd Frank Abbott, is thrilled to have his "preceptress" Miss Silver, on the scene.

The characters are strong on character -- the cold-hearted baronet who collects ivories and dies by his prized silver dagger; the exquisite and childlike Lila who is being forced into a marriage with the baronet; the angry young man who thought he was engaged to Lila; Lila's first cousin who's in love with the angry young man; the mild-manned architect who's passionately protective of Lila; the blustering professor who came to dinner the night of the murder and belittled the ivories collection; the perfect butler; the imperturbable cook; the nervous young footman...

Not only are there red herrings, but when we think the crime is solved, it's not. The plot is really very clever. The budding romances are charming. And Miss Silver is in top form.
Nayatol
The 19th book (of 32) in the Miss Silver cozy mysteries, written from 1928 to 1961, has the usual plot devices that the author is noted for: a large country house, lots of people, a victim no one will mourn, and lots of motives for the throng, all of whom are suspects. There are a couple of pairs of young lovers in a mix-up over who gets paired with whom, and each pair has obstacles to surmount on the way to Happy Ever After. Unfortunately, one weakness in this book is the "heroine". I put that in quotes because she's not just a spineless jellyfish, she's the next best thing to developmentally disabled. She has a drifting mind, childlike emotions, a total lack of education or reason, and why anyone would want her, let alone three very different types of men, is beyond me. She doesn't need a husband, she needs a halfway house with supervision. Other reviewers have noted Miss Silver's perpetual cough. She is the retired governess who is now an expert private enquiry agent and has been successfully solving crimes for decades, in between knitting an endless succession of socks, vests, jumpers and knickers. Her cough is one of her defining features, and yes, it's extremely irritating. I've been reading this series in order (though each book stands alone perfectly well) and that cough is driving me crazy. I keep wishing she kept a packet of Ricola drops in her knitting bag. But, as someone else noted, she uses that cough as shorthand for emotions otherwise not expressed. Another weak aspect of this story is the ultimate culprit. Usually, the culprit is well depicted along with every other suspect; in this case, he appears to be nearly an afterthought. Miss Silver, though keenly intelligent, is portrayed as nearly omniscient, since the author makes the point that she never even meets some of the suspects. This entry in the series is rather disappointing, yet it's still readable. It was written in 1951 so you can expect the type of language, morals and technology of that era. The CSI team hadn't even been born then!
Malara
one of the most uninspiring heroines ever helped by good ol Maudie! It's one of the books that seems to drone on a bit, with uneven suspense and characterization.

NOT the best book of the Maude Silver detection series to start on, best left for the serious collector.

As an aside, the murdered man IS a collector-- of antique ivory carvings and boy is he serious. Our beautiful but very dumb heroine is his living ivory statuette and he plans to acquire her thru a marriage foisted upon her by her wicked stepmother. The fact that she is solid ivory from ear to ear seems to simply add to her value in his eyes.

If you would like to have a good start, try Through the Wall by Patricia Wentworth or Miss Silver Intervenes. Either one will get you hooked on Maude Silver, her incessant knitting and hortatory coughs!
Utchanat
I loved the setting. And it ended "right" for me. The characters are well developed but not overly so. Great plot, and an easy, enjoyable read. I did not give it five stars for two reasons. First, at least three times, as Miss Silver and/or the police were considering the case, it was reviewed in such a way as to seem whatever had happened was simply being repeated or rehashed. I felt like I was re-reading and did not appreciate that style. Second, why does Miss Silver cough so dang much? It was near to the point the woman could not speak without first making a cough. It became quite distracting to me. I was ready for her to choke, sneeze, grimace, clear her throat, gag, or simply speak....anything but another cough.
Getaianne
Another wonderful and clean mystery by Patricia Wentworth featuring Miss Silver. I love the conversations she has with Inspector Frank Abbott, although I don't understand how they can remember all the poetry they quote...LOL I believe her annoying cough was much better in this book too.:-)
Little Devil
It may seem childish but Miss Silver books should be illustrated. Other books ...no problem fleshing everyone out. You want to feel she is your aunt and you want to take out her picture and prove she is real.
Katius
I'm a fan of Miss Silver, but this is one of the less interesting examples. The male romantic lead is particularly wooden and one-dimensional and his realization that he loves the more vivid female takes place "off-camera" depriving the reader of any satisfaction at all after the murder mystery ends in the tritest way. I'd give it two stars, but Miss Silver herself is as charming as ever.
Love this series