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Lonesome Road (Miss Silver, Book 3) (original 1939; edition 1993)

by Patricia Wentworth

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Title:Lonesome Road (Miss Silver, Book 3)
Authors:Patricia Wentworth
Info:Perennial (1993), Edition: First Thus, Paperback, 214 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:library book, miss silver, mystery fiction, utsw-illiad

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Lonesome Road by Patricia Wentworth (1939)

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The third entry in the Miss Silver series of 1930s detective stories finds our gumshoe heroine engaged from the opening chapter, a departure from the two previous books. And she takes a more active role, going undercover to help an heiress figure out which of her family members is trying to kill her. Bad luck for her that they all seem to have a motive. The plot moves quite briskly, and there are a few twists thrown in to keep things interesting.

One of the things that struck me with this book, as with the others I've read in this series, is how obviously clues seem to be telegraphed along the way and then how laboriously the case gets explained when it comes to the wrapping up. I suspect it's an artifact of the time period, when mysteries and private detective stories were not so prevalent in culture, but it seems that nowadays authors are more subtle when dropping clues, even if they are playing fair with the reader and giving them all the info they need to figure out whodunit.

As an aside, I felt very much the same way when I read Sherlock Holmes for the first time a few years ago. All of his tricks seemed so obvious that I couldn't understand why he was so celebrated. Then I realized that the only reason they seem obvious to me is because I've been reading mystery authors who stole shamelessly from the canon for decades. At the time Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the stories they were breathtaking in their originality, and their success led to so many copycats that Sherlock's feats of brainpower seem almost pedestrian to modern readers. IMHO, of course. YMMV. ( )
  rosalita | Apr 10, 2017 |
The Lonesome Road of the title refers to the path in life followed by Rachel Treherne, who inherited a large sum of money from her father and is now concerned because she believes that one of her dependent relatives may be trying to kill her. She calls in Miss Silver to investigate and find out just who is trying to kill her and why. Wentworth builds the tension throughout the book, which ends in a nailbitingly tense denoument. Wonderful. ( )
  riverwillow | Aug 21, 2011 |
Rachel has spent years trying to follow her father's wishes in regards to the money he left her when died, much to her family's displeasure. When she starts getting threatening letters and attempts seem to be made on her life, she calls in Miss Silver to find out who is behind it.
This is a light, entertaining mystery but nothing special. Rachel is a little older than Wentworth's usual heroine although there is another pair of young lovers in the background.
  alasen_reads | Aug 12, 2008 |
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Rachel Treherne got out of the first-class carriage in which she had travelled to London, gave up her ticket at the barrier, and after walking a little way in the direction of the exit stopped and looked up at the station clock.
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Someone is trying to kill beautiful Rachel Treherne for her fortune. Enlisting the talents of Miss Silver seems the only way she can stay alive.
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Where there's a will there's a motive for murder! Miss Silver solves this mystery written by one of the Queens of classic crime fiction.

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