During 2020 I'm endeavouring to go through the books in series order, and, in 2021 to read the books that are currently not available at Audible.
06/20 3+ This book is not a favourite Wentworth for me, yet I liked it a bit more than the last time I listened through it. I’d forgotten who the baddy was, which is always a bonus on a relisten, but it helped that I knew what was going to happen with the ‘psychologically damaged’ friend, and, the children and wife of the abusive scammer.
01/20 (4+) Late-night 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
05/20 (4) Repeat. Late-night listen.
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.
*Recommend as a first Miss Silver audiobook, in place of this one: The Latter End Bk11, The Benevent Treasure Bk26