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Poison in the Pen (Miss Silver #29)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  501 ratings  ·  15 reviews
When the quiet village of Tilling Green is plagued by an outbreak of poison pen letters, and then a mysterious suicide, Scotland Yard dispatches Miss Silver to investigate.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published June 12th 1980 by Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (first published 1955)
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Kate Baxter
I have actually now read the majority of the Miss Silver books. Despite the comparison to Agatha Christie's Jane Marple books there is frankly no comparison. Although they were both written during
roughly the same time the Christie books are far superior. Her characters are much more realistic and fleshed out than Wentworth's. Her character's motives, methods and behaviors are much more realistic than any of Wentworth's.Miss Silver books are the "Harlequin" romance novel variety as they are writt
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Sarah
A delightful classic British whodunit that reminded quite a bit of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple series. Both Agatha Christie and Patricia Wentworth are from the same era, and Miss Marple and Miss Silver are both elderly British ladies who solve mysteries. This particular book even took place in a small village! Additionally, like Agatha Christie, Patricia Wentworth writes with an astute eye for observing the everyday quirks and behaviors of people. Miss Silver solves the mystery through careful ...more
Someone
The only thriller I've read in the past was Dan Browns series so this style of old detective mystery was new to me. The book itself was very boring to me. Too much talking and gossiping between women made me want to scream. In the first half they just had to talk about the same incident in details over and over again until I memorized by heart some details that finished being interesting 3 chapters ago. It dragged on about some woman dying by going through nearly all the women in the village on ...more
Andrew
This was good, solid detective fiction, if a touch dated. While not as gripping as an Agatha Christie or Dorothy Sayers or P.D. James, Patricia Wentworth and her title character, Miss Silver, were nevertheless jolly and diverting. It was as easy to put down as pick up again.
Jodi
Not one of her best. Too much talking, not enough action.
Bonnie
Fun mystery with the inimitable Miss Silver.
Peggy
When a mysterious suicide follows an outbreak of poison pen letters in the quiet village of Tilling Green, Miss Silver is asked by Scotland yard to investigate. Miss Silver is their 'secret weapon'! She pulls out her knitting and people just seem to relax and tell her everything! Three people fall victim to this demented killer before Miss Silver is able to put together the clues and bring another killer to justice. This was a very enjoyable read with well thought out characters and plot. Very s ...more
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Nicole
Not my favorite of the series--rather slower than the others, and not much idea which characters were worth getting behind. I suspected the culprit when no other suspects seemed to be emerging, and this time was correct, but I was not left with an impression of a case closed. What an odd collection of people in Tilling Green! I really had no idea what any of them were about.
Renee Robinson
Patricia Wentworth , Gray Mask is on of those classic readers we should all read and enjoy. Not only are we met with her literary talents, but we also are engaged with the day, set and time of the era.
Renee Robinson, Shadows of The Heart
Gina House
An easy, enjoyable mystery similar to Agatha Christie's Miss Marple. The story flows well and is wonderful to curl up and read with a cup of tea....and to relax.
Jim
1946 English mystery featuring an Agatha Christie-type sleuth. Some sly humor in the descriptions of how gossip circulates in a small village.
Jennifer
I like it when a mystery has an ending I don't anticipate.
NC
Miss Silver kept bringing Joan Hickson to mind.
Michele
Great old-fashioned cozy featuring Miss Silver.
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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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