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The Alington Inheritance: A Miss Silver Mystery (original 1958; edition 1992)

by Patricia Wentworth

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When a question of inheritance turns fatal, Miss Silver searches for the killer Jenny has never been one to feel sorry for herself. The illegitimate child of a wealthy man and a statureless woman, she has been an orphan since before she can remember. It is a hard life made bearable only by the kindness of her guardian, an old woman named Miss Garstone, who has always treated Jenny as her own. Struck down by a motorist, "Garsty" dies, whispering to Jenny that her parents were actually married, and she is the rightful heir to the Alington fortune. Miss Garstone was not the only one who knew the secret, and as Jenny grieves, her wealthy cousins work to protect their fortune. When the quiet conflict turns deadly, governess-turned-detective Miss Silver is the only one who can unravel the perplexing family saga.… (more)
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Title:The Alington Inheritance: A Miss Silver Mystery
Authors:Patricia Wentworth
Info:Harpercollins (1992), Edition: 1st THUS, Paperback, 320 pages
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A new to me author and an old series started in the 30s in England. I will continue reading the Miss Silver series as I enjoyed this book very much. Jenny Hill's parents died during the war and she raised by her mother's governess. When she finds out she is the heir to the big house across the road, her life is in danger and she must run away. Who she finds is remarkable and she considers herself safe for the time being. But when a neighbor girl is murdered, could it have been Jenny the murderer wanted to kill instead? From a slower time, this book was still a great read and I enjoyed the thoughts of each character as the plot progressed. ( )
  MichelleConnell | Sep 26, 2018 |
Not one of Patricia Wentworth's best. Minimal mystery and minimal Miss Silver. ( )
  afinch11 | Nov 10, 2017 |
An interesting little book. The murder mystery is fairly pedestrian, as is the love story sub-plot, and Miss Silver makes quite a late appearance in the story. However, what does what make this an interesting read is how Wentworth depicts obsessive mother-love for one child and the affects that it has on all her children. ( )
  riverwillow | Jan 5, 2014 |
While I have been enjoying discovering the Miss Silver mysteries, I feel this is one of the weaker entries in the series. Because the story shifts around points of view there is no "mystery" for the reader, who knows exactly what has happened throughout. The characters felt very poorly drawn (particularly the male love interest), and Miss Wentworth's usual high-level of writing seemed to come and go. The main character veered from determination and grit to extreme passivity and back again in the most frustrating fashion. All in all, the book felt extremely contrived and lacked charm. ( )
  merrystar | Nov 8, 2013 |
Young 17-year old orphan Jenny is rightful heir to estate. One cousin wants to kill her, one to marry her. Village gossips create trouble. ( )
  UPMarta | Aug 24, 2007 |
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Baumann, BodoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carrière, Anne-MarieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kurpershoek, RenéTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
May, NadiaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Jenny sat forward in her chair.
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