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Poison in the Pen (Miss Silver #29)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  661 Ratings  ·  23 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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Ahmad Sharabiani
Poison in the Pen (Miss Silver #29), Patricia Wentworth
Aug 30, 2014 Kate rated it liked it
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
Feb 06, 2017 Arlene rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Every now and then you have to take an armchair visit to an English village where the people know all about each other. And sometimes the person who knows the most, sends poison pen letters to their unwitting victims. Who are you going to call to solve this mystery? Miss Silver of course. This is the first book I have read by Patricia Wentworth but I will be checking out some more of this series at the library. I enjoy a good cozy mystery and while this story moved a bit slowly, I was not sure o ...more
M. White
Feb 08, 2017 M. White rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I selected this book because of the favorable comparisons to Christie's Miss Marple series, but was quite disappointed. The book lacks the clever plotting and character development found in Christie. It was easy to determine early on who was writing the poison pen letters, and then it because increasingly frustrating to read on and on with no one else picking up on the clues. By the time the guilty party was identified and apprehended, I was just glad that the book was finally finished.
Dec 29, 2010 Someone rated it it was ok
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
Jul 04, 2016 Vivian rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-books
Good read for fans of classic Golden Age mysteries. The sleuth, Miss Silver, is very like Jane Marple (although at this point in the series, she is a professional, NOT an amateur), without the twinkling eyes and good sense of humor. The story was lucid, the writing clear, the clues fair. There are lots of books in the series, this one was number 29!!! The narrator was fairly good at discriminating the voices. I'd recommend it in audio or written form. Easy summer book for reading with ears or ey ...more
Nov 29, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
Recommended to Susan by: Oyster
Shelves: mysteries
Scurrilous anonymous letters cause a suicide in a small English village, but the letters keep on coming. Private investigator and former governess Miss Silver goes undercover to investigate at the request of a friend. I confess-not to the crime—but to enjoying the picture of life in an English village, with the squire in the big house, the vicar in the parsonage, and women's groups gathering to gossip and sew. Everyone knows everything about everyone, except who hides their deep malice and hatre ...more
Jul 28, 2011 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vintage-mystery
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
May 09, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 14, 2016 Hope rated it really liked it
Miss Silver is sort of Miss Marple's cousin-once-removed--an elderly lady who was once a governess and became a professional investigator, useful for her ability to blend in and knit quietly while suspects implicate themselves in country houses, Women's Teas, and churches.

This mystery is fairly dark: Miss Silver is asked by a policeman friend to look into some poison pen letters that caused a shy, quiet girl to commit suicide.
Aug 19, 2016 Hannah rated it it was ok
This book had a romantic subplot, so I didn't completely hate it, but otherwise it wasn't really up to much. I knew who the murderer was as soon as the character was introduced, I can think of six different ways of improving the tale, and all-in-all it read like an extremely poor man's (view spoiler)
Dec 15, 2012 Julie_ian_curtis rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, have-at-work
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Mar 25, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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.
May 21, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it
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.
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
Feb 09, 2015 Jodi rated it it was ok
Not one of her best. Too much talking, not enough action.
Gina House
Apr 08, 2009 Gina House rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 02, 2013 Jim rated it liked it
1946 English mystery featuring an Agatha Christie-type sleuth. Some sly humor in the descriptions of how gossip circulates in a small village.
Nov 11, 2010 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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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