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The Clock Strikes Twelve (original 1944; edition 1974)

by Patricia Wentworth

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Title:The Clock Strikes Twelve
Authors:Patricia Wentworth
Info:Hodder & Stoughton Ltd (1974), Paperback
Collections:Challenge Books, Your library, 2012 Books Read
Tags:mystery, British, country house

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The clock strikes twelve by Patricia Wentworth (1944)


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Patricia Wentworth - The Clock Strikes Twelve-The era is a time during te World War 1. The clock rings in a New Year at midnight just as someone is murdered. There are more than a few unlikeable personalities running around within this book. It kind of makes the reader wish they would all get picked by the police just for being the nerve-racking menaces which they are.
A party takes place on News Year. This reminds me of a Sherlock Holmes mystery of “Who done it”. A house holiday celebration. A budding romance. A murder at midnight. A room full of sour relations who are suspects. Although, the mystery is a typical spin-off of classic murderous fiction, the plot is well written in the Wentworth style. Eventually, the services of Miss Silver are called in. She has her hands full with a room full of suspects all of which have a motive for murder. ( )
  ReneeRobinson | Jun 21, 2014 |
Very much of its time, with a lovely scene in a shop and ration coupons, the book doesn't feel dated. The murder seems quite generic, on New Year's Eve James Parradine discovers the loss of some important blueprints that could have a significant impact on the war effort and the thief had to be a member of the family. At dinner that night he announces that he's aware that a member of the family has been disloyal and that he will wait in his study after dinner until midnight for a confession and the next day he's discovered dead. However there are some dark undercurrents as within the book there's an interesting psychological examination of obsessive possessiveness over another. ( )
  riverwillow | Mar 8, 2013 |
This mystery by Patricia Wentworth is a fairly typical Miss Silver novel. The story opens on New Year's Eve at the country house of the Paradine family where James Paradine has discovered that a member of the family has acted in a way that he considers a betrayal. The evening ends with Paradine's death and the police conclude that it was murder. Miss Silver is visiting her niece nearby and is soon called in by Mark Paradine since the murder was almost certainly committed by a member of the household.

I didn't really remember the story but it had probably been 30 years since I last read it. It held my interest but then I do like an old-fashioned British mystery from time to time. Recommended for Ms. Wentworth's fans.
  hailelib | Dec 4, 2012 |
I stopped reading after a few chapters- too girly. Jane Austin meets Agatha Christie at Talbot's. They try some things on, have a late lunch and solve a murder. Promise to do it again soon.
  SomeGuyInVirginia | Sep 4, 2011 |
I’m a big fan of the Golden Age of mystery novels, and although I don’t think Patricia Wentworth quite matches up to Agatha Christie or Dorothy L. Sayers, I love her books all the same. The mysteries are entertaining, but the manners and society of 1940’s and 50’s England are what make the Miss Silver series for me.

By a complete coincidence, I read this on New Year’s Eve, which is when it’s set: New Year’s Eve, 1940. Important secret documents go missing from James Paradine’s briefcase, and the evidence suggests it must be a member of his own family. During dinner, he makes a speech, accusing an unnamed person of betraying the family. He tells them all that he knows the identity of the traitor, and that he intends to stay in his study until midnight, to give the person time to come to him and confess. The next morning, he is found murdered. When the family’s attempts to hush up the incident at dinner fail, the principal heir, Mark Paradine, hires Miss Silver to clear up the case. ( )
  Poodlerat | Feb 13, 2008 |
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Retired governess turned private detective Miss Silver finds herself investigating the murder of the head of the Paradine family. The alibis of the others seem impenetrable, and it is up to Miss Silver to unravel the mystery.

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