There was certainly a heavy air of intrigue and mystery emanating from the old inn high up on the cliff top. The Catherine-Wheel had once been a home for pirates and smugglers, but now it looked like it was harbouring a murderer. It had begun with an advertisement in the paper, requesting descendants for the late innkeeper, Jeremiah Taverner, to stay for a weekend at the inn. A mixed bunch arrived at the family reunion, eager to discover the secrets of their ancestry. But one of had been hideously murdered...Scotland Yard, already suspicious of drug smuggling in the area, sends Maud Silver to investigate before the fireworks start to fly.
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Patricia Wentworth (1878 1961) was one of the masters of classic English mystery writing. Born in India as Dora Amy Elles, she began writing after the death of her first husband, publishing her first novel in 1910. In the 1920s, she introduced the character who would make her famous: Miss Maud Silver, the former governess whose stout figure, fondness for Tennyson, and passion for knitting served to disguise a keen intellect. Along with Agatha Christie s Miss Marple, Miss Silver is the definitive embodiment of the English style of cozy mysteries.
Diana Bishop is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator who has worked extensively in theater, including seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company and also for the Arts Council of Great Britain and the British Council. She has twice been a member of the BBC's Radio Drama Company and has made many television appearances. She is also a prizewinning poet and a writer of short stories and plays for theater and radio.
When the relatives of Jeremiah Taverner are invited to spend the weekend at his historic inn, they're intrigued--and eager to get the promised financial reward. Eventually, Miss Silver is sent to investigate when Scotland Yard suspects drug dealing from the crime-ridden inn. Narrator Diana Bishop enlivens this classic Wentworth mystery. She perfectly captures the diverse accents of the family, servants, police, and, of course, Miss Silver. Additionally, an excellent portrayal of a woman who is being bullied by her ³invalid² husband brings humor to the dark doings at the inn. This charming and baffling mystery from 1951 still appeals today. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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