There was a certain heavy air of intrigue and mystery emanating from the old inn high on the cliff top. The Catherine-Wheel had once been a home for pirates and smugglers, but now is looked like it was harbouring a murderer. It had begun with an advertisement in the paper requesting descendants of the late innkeeper, Jeremiah Taverner, to stay for a weekend at the inn. They had arrived, a mixed assortment, to the family reunion eager to discover the secrets of their ancestry. But one of them had been hideously murdered, bringing the inn's stormy past into frightening focus. Scotland Yard, already suspicious of dope smuggling in the area, sends Maud Silver to investigate before the fireworks start to fly.
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Patricia Wentworth was born in India and after writing several romances turned her hand to crime. She wrote dozens of bestselling mysteries before her death in the late Sixties, and was recognised as one of the mistresses of classic crime.From AudioFile:
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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