Apparently, I like cozy mysteries! Who knew? Typically they bore me to tears but these are different.
I started falling for the idea
of this series when I saw one of the 40s-style covers on a friend's "currently reading" update. Then that friend started posting quotes from the books and I was completely taken in. Patricia Wentworth is a brilliant writer. But she doesn't try to bludgeon you with her brilliance. I've now read several of these and they are all lovely. They make me happy while I'm reading them and they end just right. The author doesn't jerk you around or try to make you feel miserable or anxious. Everything is prim and oh so English in a tea-and-cakes sort of way while just beneath the surface, all manner of smut is alluded to with a wink and a smile and a biting wit."Her name is Maud Silver. Louisa says she has solved many difficult cases besides being an extremely expert knitter." The Benevent Treasure"She wondered, as she always wondered about any new young man, whether he could dance. Such a lot of nice boys couldn't, and the boys that could weren't always the nice ones." Miss Silver Comes to Stay"It could have been Joseph. When had she ever heard him come or go? He walked like a cat - an admirable thing in a butler, but not if he used it to prowl in secret passages and come drifting through one's bedroom at dead of night." The Benevent Treasure"One bar of an electric fire burned on a hearth which had been built for better things. In front of it, with that air of despising his surroundings which is peculiar to his race, sat the cat Mactavish. He had just completed a meticulous toilet. His orange coat recalled the best Dundee marmalade. He looked down at the electric fire which he despised and waited for Felix or Penny to come and bone a herring for him. He had a passion for herrings, but he did not consider that either of the two older ladies was to be trusted in the matter of bones. A saucer of fish prepared for him by Miss Cassy had already been rejected." Through the Wall