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Wicked Uncle (Miss Silver #12)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  211 ratings  ·  21 reviews
When the menacing Gregory Porlock invites a group of unacquainted friends to his home, the house party takes on a sinister edge. The host himself is stabbed in the back, and it becomes clear to all that he was a blackmailer. But which of his unfortunate comrades would have thrust the fatal knife is up to Miss Silver to discover. Only she can see through the lies and motive...more
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Published May 15th 1996 by HarperTorch (first published 1947)
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Diane
The twelfth book (of 32) in the Miss Silver cozy mystery series is not the best. Wentworth's basic set-up (a house full of people, a murder, and lots of motives) is a bit strained. Gregory Porlock may be a blackmailer who enjoys his work, but there is really no reason I could believe for collecting a bunch of his victims at his home. It's no surprise when he gets murdered. Unlike some other books in this series, I wasn't able to guess who the murderer was, but there was a slight disconnect to th...more
Sally
I've now read 19 of the 32 Miss Silver mysteries. This is the 12th in the series, also published under the title "Spotlight". They are all pleasant cozy reads, with different plots and new personalities for Miss Silver to observe and analyze, but other than giving a synopsis of the plot, it is hard to give a meaningful review of each one. It does seem that each one has at least one really disagreeable character that either becomes the victim of murder or turns out to be the perpetrator, and in a...more
Danae
Lovely and pleasant little mystery that kept me guessing until the end. I adore Miss Maudie Silver.
Chazzi
Taking the position of personal secretary to Mrs. Linnet Oakley in Surrey, Dorinda Brown finds herself on a strange path where past and present connections collide. An uncle who disappeared with her aunt's money some years back, false shoplifting charges levied against her, secrets, blackmail and murder; these items are conncected and explained with the help of Miss Silver.

Miss Maud Silver is of the Miss Marple school of detection. Quiet and unassuming, innocuous in appearance and demeanour, but...more
Scilla
Dorinda Brown was raised by her aunt who was married to Glen Porteous, who stole most of her money and left her. She has a distant cousin, Justin Leigh, who advises her. She has just taken a job as Linnet Oakley's secretary. Meanwhile, Glen Porteous, now called Greg Porlock, has planned a house party of several people who is is blackmailing. Mr. Tote and his wife made their money in the black market during the war; actor Leonard Carroll, gave away secrets to the Germans during WWI; Mrs. Linnet O...more
Linda
Dorinda Brown takes a job working for a wealthy family on a whim, and quickly finds it to be the hardest position she has ever had. The father is always working. His wife is entirely blind to the defects of her despicable son, and unsympathetic to the pain he causes his governesses.

All that Dorinda can stand, for she needs the job. But when murder comes to town, it brings along much more unpleasantness. There is a question of blackmail, first of all, and a shocking realization about Dorinda’s pa...more
Katie
When a successful blackmailer includes a traitor, a bigamist, a murderer, a black marketeer and a girl facing social ruin among his weekend guests, he is asking for trouble. He misjudges the power of the fears he has aroused. After being stabbed to death, suspicion is attached to all of his guests, it is Miss Silver who apprehends the guilty party. After Gregory Porlock invites a group of unacquainted friends to his house party, the blackmailing host is found dead from a stab wound in the back,...more
Donna
Miss Silver is a combination of Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. She sits quietly and knits and then pops in with a small cough to instruct the police on the evidence they have missed. She works not like Miss Marple in understanding human nature and generalizing from it, but like Poirot, knows what clues are missing and how to find them.

This is only the second Miss Silver I have read. In both books she appears rarely, mostly at the end to catch the criminal. I haven't got a real handle on her cha...more
Laura
Just splendid! This was my first experience with Patricia Wentworth, but she is now firmly on my "buy every book" list.
Sarah Morenon
Awww, published in 1947! Love this olde English genre!
Polly
One of the mid-range Miss Silver novels in terms of quality. There are some that are better, but definitely also some that are worse. This is a nice country-house murder, with a victim whom no one could possible regret. Patricia Wentworth can mostly be relied upon to not kill off the people you really like, nor have them be the murderer, both of which are good things in a proper cozy mystery. I won't have anything to do with some of the things that are called cozy these days, but Patricia Wentwo...more
Joy
Dorinda is chipper about her new job. Old hands at the job-search game warned her against becoming Mrs. Oakley's assistant, but no one could have predicted either their neighbor's murder or his identity. Gregory Porlock's attempts to tinker with Dorinda's life don't have the effect he planned - thanks to Miss Silver.

My reading log tells me I read this 25 years ago, and I didn't feel even the faintest echo as I read it this time. Not memorable, but nice, I conclude.
Jessica
I thought i had read all the Miss Silver books so this one came as a pleasant surprise. I did guess who had dunnit pretty much straight away, but the story unfolded very nicely and there was much less of the rehashing of evidence etc that sometimes goes on in Miss Silver books. There wasn't an awful lot of Miss Silver in it, but she was busy with the needles in each appearance. ;o)
Bill
It was a bit of a slow start, but once I got into it a bit, the story moved nicely. It's billed as a Miss Silver mystery, but she plays a somewhat minor role in the whole story. The story was very interesting, in the tradiion of British parlour mysteries. I liked the main characters, Dorinda Brown and Justin Leigh. Very enjoyable mystery.
Deb
This book just didn't catch my interest. For some reason I just couldn't get into it -after reading the first 50 or so pages decided not to continue and to move on to something different.
Deena
My original reading notes indicate that when I read this I prefered Wentworth's brand of romance-in-mystery to Sayers'. I'm not sure that's still true, though.
K.l.
A stupid title for a pretty good book. Not particularly tense, and fairly predictable, but enjoyable for any fans of Golden Age detective novels.
Ashley FL
Fun, in the vein of Miss Marple. I think it would have better, though, if Miss Silver had entered the story earlier on in the book!
Libbeth
I believe theis book is also published as "The Wicked Uncle".
Nicole
good read for old school british mystery.
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Patricia Wentworth--born Dora Amy Elles--was a British crime fiction writer.

She was educated privately and at Blackheath High School in London. After the death of her first husband, George F. Dillon, in 1906, she settled in Camberley, Surrey. She married George Oliver Turnbull in 1920 and they had one daughter.

She wrote a series of 32 classic-style whodunnits featuring Miss Silver, the first of wh...more
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