The Clock Strikes Twelve (A Miss Silver Mystery)

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Miss Silver investigates the murder of a great British industrialist.

Though they share a manor house, the Paradines are not close, and their patriarch does nothing to discourage the petty jealousies that divide wealthy families. A cold figure, James Paradine prefers work to his relations, but on New Year's Eve he convenes the household. Valuable plans have been stolen from his office, and only one person could be to blame. He knows the culprit's name and gives the thief until midnight to come forward.

By midnight, James Paradine is dead. Was it the thief who killed him, or could it have been someone else acting on different motives entirely? The local constables are baffled, and it is left to prim detective Maud Silver to out the murderer.

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Wentworth creates a clever variation of the locked-room mystery with this 1942 title about a family New Year's Eve party. Patriarch James Paradine announces that someone has betrayed the family and that he will wait until midnight for a confession. Narrator Diana Bishop is a dream as the witty Lydia, the pathologically jealous Aunt Grace, and the dowdy but clever Miss Silver, who knits her way to a conclusion. There are 10 family members with numerous motives who just happen to visit Uncle James on that fateful night. The mystery, quite modern for its time, is a most enjoyable listening experience. Best of all is the surprise climax, which is rendered perfectly by Bishop. A fun piece of nostalgia. S.G.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

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