*** listened to in 2018
(01/20 (4+) repeat listen. Re-read for a GR's 2020 Retro Reads Challenge.
As it's summertime and I'm in the frame of mind to enjoy lighter listening this book garnered itself a plus ...... winter time listens have to work harder for bonus points :)
That mother by adoption sure is a piece of work and Wentworth has crafted her to be despised she is possessive, jealous, manipulative, and a class act narcissist. That portion of the story reminds me of the surrogate mother in Nemesis by Agatha Christie, this listen through especially, and I could clearly see the opening for Wentworth to have the scenario of ‘love killed her’ brought about (not going to say more and generate a spoiler in either book.)
I prefer to listen to Wentworth’s stories narrated by Diana Bishop as opposed to reading them and I think this audiobook makes for a great retro/vintage era whodunit; but, it could easily offend those who imagine that a retro read is going to reflect or uphold many of the (Western Cultures) social norms of today.
11/18 The Ivory Dagger: Miss Silver Bk18 (4-) Emsworth, Hampshire
*** listened to in 2019
01/19 The Catherine Wheel: Miss Silver Bk15 (4-) pub 1949 Some clever red-herrings in this one; however, if you've already read a few Miss Silver mysteries you'll see through those and guess who was 'dunning them in' like I did.
Extra: abused wives, predatory male - no graphic details, they are included as part of the background story.
03/19 The Girl in the Cellar: Miss Silver Bk32 (3) I thought this story was a little lacking in the middle, it felt like Wentworth was putting in filler. Added to that I found Anne and Jim were just ‘okay’ as the central couple. Miss Silver didn’t feature as the wise case cracker, as she does in some of the other books. This would still be a good listen for Wentworth fans, it’s just not one I’d recommend to anyone who isn’t … yet ;-)
*Recommend as a first Miss Silver audiobook, in place of this one: The Latter End Bk11, The Benevent Treasure Bk26
The next titles are ones I'd like to listen to before I count my current trip through Miss Silver Mysteries as done n dusted: