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Ladies’ Bane (Miss Silver #22)


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This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: The Works of Patricia Wentworth (1878-1961)

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Title:Ladies’ Bane (Miss Silver #22)
Author:Elles, Dora Amy  Writing under the pseudonym: Wentworth, Patricia
Published:   1952
Publisher:J. B. Lippincott Company
Tags:fiction, Miss Silver (Fictitious character), mystery
Description:Miss Silver travels to the country to investigate a young man who may be deceiving his wife

No one has seen Allegra Trent since she got married. Her husband swept her off her feet and out of London, to a faraway town called Bleake. She has stopped writing letters, and her family has begun to worry. Allegra’s husband is a strange man, consumed with the dream of owning a ramshackle medieval estate, and he intends to use his new wife’s money to do it. Why he wants to live there no one knows, but Josepha Bowden does not want his castle to become her goddaughter’s prison. She asks the help of Maud Silver, the former governess who now makes a living using her reason to unravel the intricacies of murder. There has been no killing in Bleake, but if Miss Silver doesn’t intervene quickly, there could be one soon. [Suggest a different description.]
Comments:Miss Silver Mystery #22
Downloads:281
Pages:210 

Author Bio for Elles, Dora Amy

Dora Amy Elles (November 10, 1878 - January 28, 1961) wrote under the pen name of Patricia Wentworth. She was a British crime writer, best known for her Miss Silver Mysteries, though she also wrote romantic novels. Miss Silver is frequently compared to Agatha Christie's Jane Marple, though Patricia Wentworth's first Miss Silver novel pre-dated Agatha Christie's first Miss Marple novel by two years, and may well have inspired Agatha Christie.

In Marion Shaw & Sabine Vanacker's book Reflecting on Miss Marple, they said: "while Miss Marple may receive ten times the attention as Miss Silver, ... the woefully neglected Miss Silver is the real deal - a professional investigator and a stand-up woman, a true forerunner of all future female private eyes."

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