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The Key by Patricia Wentworth

The Key (1944)

by Patricia Wentworth

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Series: Miss Silver Mysteries (8), Inspector Lamb (5)

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Wentworth has a knack for taking her time introducing Miss Silver, the unassuming elderly English woman who solves the mysteries in this series that bears her name, and this entry was a spectacular example of that. The first mention of our sleuth comes on Page 102 of a 221-page edition, and the woman herself does not make actual contact with one of the other characters until Page 118. This would be annoying except that the espionage-ish mystery as it's presented in the Silver-free opening chapters is pretty interesting.

That late entry doesn't give her much time to work, but Miss Silver doesn't take long to inspire confidences from otherwise close-mouthed villagers and is soon well on her way to solving the crime, which ends up being multiple murders and a busted spy ring by the time all's done and dusted. Of course, it goes without saying that the man who has been arrested by the police (Miss Silver's old acquaintances Lamb and Abbott) isn't guilty of anything except being a rather large jackwagon. Fortunately for him and me, being universally unlikable is not a hanging offense, even in wartime England.

And of course there's a star-crossed couple who find their forever happiness forged in the crucible of double murder. Sigh. Ain't it romantic? ( )
  rosalita | Mar 14, 2018 |
A wartime tale in which a death ruled a suicide at a local inquest, possibly isn't and Scotland Yard, in the shape of Chief Inspector Lamb and Sergeant Abbot are called in to investigate. When they make an arrest, fearful that the wrong person has been charged Miss Silver is called in and uncovers a complex wartime plot and a German spy. A good, fast and interesting read. ( )
  riverwillow | Mar 21, 2013 |
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It's nearing the end of World War II, and Michael Harcsh has been working for the government on a secret project for years. Finally, he is ready to hand over his precious formula. But the next morning, he is found dead, shot in the church where he used to go and play the organ. It looks like suicide, but Sir George Rendel believes otherwise. But when the police nail the wrong man, there's nothing for it but to bring in Miss Silver...much to the chagrin of Chief Inspector Lamb.… (more)

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