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review 2019-11-09 16:23
I really do love Miss Silver
The Catherine Wheel - Patricia Wentworth

I think that this is the 16th Miss Silver mystery that I've read, and they've become one of those series that is a constant source of comfort reads for me, especially since I've finished all of the Christie mysteries.

 

This was a pretty good one, too. I liked the atmosphere of The Catherine Wheel, which definitely had similarities to Du Maurier's Jamaica Inn, although Wentworth never matches Du Maurier for darkness. The side characters were good, and I really liked by Eily and Jane Heron. Of the two male love interests - because Miss Silver always has romance in her heart - I liked John Higgins, but found Jeremy Taverner to be a bit too he-man, masterful for my personal tastes. 

 

I would note that this book marks the dead middle of the Miss Silver books for me. None of the stand-alones have matched Miss Silver for enjoyment, although Grey Mask remains the low point of all of Wentworth's books.

 

Next up is Miss Silver Comes to Stay.

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text 2019-11-08 21:56
Reading progress update: I've read 34%.
The Catherine Wheel - Patricia Wentworth

Old houses settle slowly to their rest. Floors upon which many generations have walked, furniture which has been a very long time in use, walls which have borne the stress and weight of old beams for centuries, have a way of lapsing into silence by degrees. There are small rustling sounds, creakings, movements—a whispering at the keyhole of a door, a stirring amongst spent ashes of a fire, a sighing in the chimney—and all in the darkness which has been there night after night for perhaps three hundred years. Thoughts, feelings, actions which have left their impress come to the surface. The life of today no longer dominates these empty rooms. The past comes stealing back.

 

We have not merely one, but two, young couples for Miss Silver to matchmake in this book: Jane & Jeremy and Eily & John.

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