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Summary

Miss Silver investigates the murder of a great British industrialist.

Though they share a manor house, the Paradines are not close, and their patriarch does nothing to discourage the petty jealousies that divide wealthy families. A cold figure, James Paradine prefers work to his relations, but on New Year's Eve he convenes the household. Valuable plans have been stolen from his office, and only one person could be to blame. He knows the culprit's name and gives the thief until midnight to come forward.

By midnight, James Paradine is dead. Was it the thief who killed him, or could it have been someone else acting on different motives entirely? The local constables are baffled, and it is left to prim detective Maud Silver to out the murderer.

©1945 Patricia Wentworth (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Dated and a bit unpleasant.

I like the narrator, which is why I keep listening to these when they are on special offer.

However, this particular novel was even more long-winded than usual and the motive for the murder, (and the murderer’s previous behaviour), unconvincing.

Phyllida is pathetic, (as is Irene), and Mark and Elliot are domineering and controlling. (Wentworth’s bizarre ideas about women liking to be treated rough and that they enjoy being man-handled are, unfortunately, front and centre here.)

We are supposed to accept that Elliot’s ‘crime’ is nothing to be concerned about. However, modern readers should find what happened- and his limited response- appalling!

It started off well, but left a rather unpleasant taste in the mout.

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good, complex mystery

An older-style traditional murder mystery with plenty of twists and turns. modern women may find the girls a bit wet, but those older are formidable! Good domestic social history,too.