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ISBN: 0862204712
Author: Patricia Wentworth
Language: English
Publisher: Chivers Press (February 5, 1992)
Pages: 280
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Unfathomable
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 521
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The cord made her neck look very white. She threw her Chinese shawl across her shoulders, and felt the momentary thrill it always gave her.

The cord made her neck look very white. Oliver had brought that too, and it was such a lovely thing-black ground and deep black fringe, every inch of the ground worked over in a pattern of fantastic loveliness and all the colours of a fairy tale.

In this classic British mystery starring a sleuth who has her place in detective fiction as surely as Lord Peter Wimsey or Hercule Poirot, Miss Silver investigates a murder that may have its roots in a new romance-or an old family feud (Manchester Evening News).

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By (author) Patricia Wentworth. Other books in this series. Patricia Wentworth has created a great detective in Miss Silver, the little old lady who nobody notices, but who in turn notices everything Paula Gosling Miss Wentworth's plot is ingenious, her characterization acute, her solution satisfying The Scotsman You can't go wrong with Miss Maud Silver Observer Miss Wentworth is a first rate story-teller Daily Telegraph Miss Silver has her.

The Chinese Shawl book. Patricia Wentworth does it again. Written in 1943, the fifth book in her Miss Silvers series kept me turning pages as fast as I could. When other commitments made me set the book down, one part of my mind was still thinking about the characters in the book, puzzling over the mysteries, sifting through motives and opportunities to figure out whodunit. The majority of this novel takes place in an English country manor during a weekend party.

And Patricia Wentworth does a masterful job of misdirecting our suspicions. Years ago, Oliver Fane jilted his cousin Agnes and ran off with another woman. As the tension mounts, Miss Silver's knitting is seriously challenged. Some of her stitches actually go wrong. Decades later, his daughter Laura accepts an invitation from Agnes Fane, hoping that they can put the family feud that resulted to rest.

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Tanis Lyle was one of those passionate women who always get their own way. Her cousin Laura hated her. Most women did. But men found her irresistible and she used them mercilessly. So when Tanis was found murdered there seemed to be any number of suspects on hand. But Miss Silver had her own suspicions.

Miss Silver Figures it out again! By Thriftbooks. com User, August 15, 2004. In this book, Miss Silver is at a country priory that is the residence of Agnes Faine and her sister. She is there at Miss Faine's request to determine the cause of some thefts and finds herself in the middle of a family feud. As usual we get to see Miss Silver's keen mind at work as she solves the crime.


THE CHINESE SHAWL is one of my favorite Miss Silver books. Years ago, Oliver Fane jilted his cousin Agnes and ran off with another woman. Decades later, his daughter Laura accepts an invitation from Agnes Fane, hoping that they can put the family feud that resulted to rest. Alas, old resentments are not so easily exorcised. During the following weekend, there will be new love, old hate, and murder. Fortunately, Miss Maud Silver is on hand to straighten everything out. I enjoy the characterizations in this book--Miss Agnes Fane is a towering character--and I like the way clues that seem to point one way actually point another. I highly recommend THE CHINESE SHAWL.
Finally!! My old computer would not allow me to send reviews., and I am happy to announce that it has gone to that vast computer wasteland located.......somewhere. But, I digress. This is an excellent addition to the Miss Silver series. It concerns a young lady who has inherited an old English mansion replete with crazy, conniving, long lost relatives determined to cheat her out of her inheritance. It is obvious who will be the victim, but nothing else is so obvious. The Chinese shawl plays an important part in the mystery. I do recommend this story to anyone who enjoys well written English mysteries.
This is the story of Laura Fane, whose parents died while she was quite young and who left her an ancient and historic estate called The Priory. Laura doesn't have enough income to maintain The Priory but instead rents it to her wealthy Aunt Agnes. There is a lot of bitterness in the family over old wounds, and this bitterness and self-centeredness are personified most strongly in Aunt Agnes' other niece, Tanis Lyle. Pretty much everyone in the book (except Agnes and her cronies) would like to see Tanis dead, and sure enough we all get our wish. I did enjoy this book but was tripped up by the bumpy shifts in POV (point of view). It is definitely possible to shift from one character's POV to the POV of another character, but it is usually confined to the top two leading characters. In this murder mystery, we find ourselves looking at the world through the eyes of a wide variety of people, including chambermaids. It's just a bit too messy for me. And Miss Silver (the spinster/amateur detective) is "OK" but so stereotyped. She keeps addressing her colleague, Superintendent Marsh, as "my dear Randall," while constantly clicking away with her knitting needles. The book had its strengths (Laura Fane was very believable) but overall it just felt messy.
I will not give a plot summary. That is done elsewhere and I would always advise reading the excerpt from the book before purchasing it. Miss Silver appears to have been inspired by Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, and Patricia Wentworth creates the same type of people, situations and settings. Because I like the style and still Miss Agatha Christie, I enjoyed reading The Chinese Shawl. The book is dated, but that is part of the charm--we escape our world for a while and pretend that somehow it was less threatening to live in the days of the country house mystery. The personalities of the characters, although almost direct copies of some of Christie's, were enjoyable, even fun, if totally unrealistic. Patricia Wentworth's writing is not the same caliber as Christies, not by a long way, but if you want a light read, with no graphic sex, profanity or violence, the plot and setting of The Chinese Shaw feels a little like coming home. I would only recommend this book to an Agatha Christie fan who is ready to overlook the dated plot and stereotype characters for the sake of nostalgia. The lovely, sweet, but helpless heroine will, no doubt, irritate younger readers, as will the strong, bossy hero who comes to her rescue. If you can overlook the flaws, you can enjoy this easily read novel.
Written in 1943, this is the fifth book in the estimable Miss Silver series. The author is in full stride, with plot elements that she carries through most of the series (young lovers with an obstacle in their way, Miss Silver providentially on hand to sort things out) and others that appear less frequently, like an invalid with a secret - the same secret appears in at least one later novel, "Vanishing Point". An aspect of this cozy mystery that I found particularly interesting is that it is set during WWII, with rationing in effect, strange recipes suggested by the Ministry, and city evacuees camping out in country houses. There are a couple of elements that I didn't care for: the love-at-first-sight plot point, and the fact that some important characters are largely one-dimensional. As usual, the miserable British weather plays a part in the story. I'm reading the series in order, and earnestly hope that the next book has nicer weather! All the mysteries are stand-alone, though there are occasional references to prior books. This isn't the best of the stories, but a very decent read.
I usually like to read series in order, but I have bounced around with this one based on how quickly I could order the format I wanted and get the material to me ASAP! So far Patricia Wentworth has not let me down. Each book stands well on its own with richly developed characters and plot. Love her descriptions of England and the dialogue makes me feel like I am right there with them. I envision spending the winter locked away in my library by the fire finishing off the rest of the books (in order if I can!) - while I am excited there are so many, I am also quite sad that ultimately there will be too few!

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