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The Watersplash (1954)

by Patricia Wentworth

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I wasn’t much impressed with this Miss Silver novel; I guessed the entire solution before the first murder had even been committed, and I never got invested in any of the characters.

Still a decent read, but it'll never be a favourite. ( )
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The village of Greenings lies about a mile and a half from the country town of Embank.
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To the innocent visitor the picturesque village of Greenings would appear to be a haven of tranquillity. But every place has its secrets and beneath the calm surface lurk hidden resentments and dangerous passions. When a man is found lying face down in a nearby watersplash, the verdict is death by misadventure. But Miss Silver happens to be in the neighbourhood and she suspects foul play.
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A gardener’s death sends a country house into a frenzy, and Miss Silver swoops in to set things right Edward Random returns to Deeping a forgotten man. Although raised in the village’s manor house, he is no longer wealthy—the result of a quarrel with an uncle, which left him out of the old man’s will. For years Edward’s name has not been spoken in the town, save for wild rumors that he had gone to prison for dueling, decamped to the Orient, or had simply died of mysterious circumstances. In fact, he is in good health, ready to start life where he left off, money or no money. But the old family feud stands in his way, and the situation at the manor house grows vicious in the wake of the under-gardener William Jackson’s death. Did he drown by accident, or was he murdered? Only Maud Silver, the demure but brilliant detective, can say for sure.… (more)

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