There were times when Rachel Treherne fervently wished that her beloved father had left his fortune to somebody else, so overburdened did she feel with the administration of her estate. And never more so than now for, although she was surrounded by relatives who depended on her, whom she loved and who must surely love her, there was no doubt in her mind that somebody was trying to kill her. Threatening letters could be ignored, odd tasting chocolates can be rejected but when snakes are left in her bed, Rachel is convinced that someone means here terrible harm. Her only chance of a future life lay with Miss Silver, and Miss Silver was well on the way to unmasking the murderer when they struck again.
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Patricia Wentworth (1878 1961) was one of the masters of classic English mystery writing. Born in India as Dora Amy Elles, she began writing after the death of her first husband, publishing her first novel in 1910. In the 1920s, she introduced the character who would make her famous: Miss Maud Silver, the former governess whose stout figure, fondness for Tennyson, and passion for knitting served to disguise a keen intellect. Along with Agatha Christie s Miss Marple, Miss Silver is the definitive embodiment of the English style of cozy mysteries.
Diana Bishop is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator who has worked extensively in theater, including seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company and also for the Arts Council of Great Britain and the British Council. She has twice been a member of the BBC's Radio Drama Company and has made many television appearances. She is also a prizewinning poet and a writer of short stories and plays for theater and radio.
Fans of cozy mysteries, rejoice! Another Patricia Wentworth title is available in audio. When Rachel Treherne begins to suspect that one of her grasping relatives has designs on her life, she prevails upon shrewd Miss Silver to visit her country home. Diana Bishop portrays the kind but no-nonsense manner of the governess turned private detective. Bishop adopts a slightly softer tone when Miss Silver chooses (like Miss Marple) to act the part of an ineffectual old lady. Other female characters are also amusingly depicted, including Rachel's peevish "invalid" sister, her malicious niece, and her passionately protective servant. A couple of suspenseful passages and a few chilling moments round out the story. A.E.B. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
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