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The Catherine Wheel (Miss Silver #15)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  483 ratings  ·  9 reviews
There was certainly a heavy air of intrigue and mystery emanating from the old inn high on the cliff top. The Catherine-Wheel had once been a home for pirates and smugglers, but now it looked like it was harbouring a murderer.

It began with an advertisement in the paper requesting descendants of the late innkeeper, Jeremiah Taverner, to stay for a weekend at the inn. They a
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 21st 2000 by Hodder Paperbacks (first published 1949)
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I've now read 19 of the 32 Miss Silver mysteries. This is the 15th in the series. 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 way that makes them satisfying. Patricia We ...more
A bit on the fence about this, it is the first book I have read in the Maud Silver series. I enjoyed it more than not but less than I thought I would - if that makes sense. I have to say Miss Silver's habit of coughing before she said anything really grated on my nerves and it may not have irritated me so much if the author hadn't written a note at the start of the story mentioning it. Also the character of Maud Silver struck me as a little bit too much of a copy of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple ...more
Old Jacob Taverner's father had many siblings, and now Jacob is gathering some of their descendants at the old smuggling inn--the Catherine Wheel--that's been in the family since the 19th century. He claims he's in search of an heir, but he keeps asking the diverse relatives--most of whom had never met each other before--what their grandparents told them about the Catherine Wheel, particularly about secret passages and rooms. Then the inn's bartender--a by-blow cousin, and an extremely unpleasan ...more
3 1/2 stars, really. Not as involving as some of her others, but pretty good! The usual Miss Silver/Frank Abbott amusements, a fun little love affair which turns out well, and a gaggle of eccentric descendants of a family of smugglers whose inn, the Catherine Wheel, was the center for this occupation in the past. The question is, is it the center for smuggling in the present day?
The inn is located on the old Ledlington coast road, but this is one of Wentworth's fictions, as the only Ledlingtons
Les Wilson
Another good book by Patricia Wentworth.
It's been a long time, but I remember enjoying the Miss Silver mysteries quite a lot and reading them compulsively. I don't do much rereading these days, but if I were in a lake cabin or a shore camp and found one of these, I'd be very happy. Recommended.
Great British mystery a la Agatha Christie. Wentworth is an expert at atmosphere. Quick read and enjoyable.
More cozies. This series (Miss Silver) mostly from the 50s. Not quite 4 stars, but better than most 3s.
Jun 22, 2011 JoyfulK rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans, especially fans of the British cozy
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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
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