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T after her death Despite the fact that she used a chunk of it to renovate his shabby home Which he resents since he liked the shabby way it crumbled around him You get ithe married Lois because she was a Damsel in Distress and now she s got agency he doesn t like it one little bit She s painted to be such a slimeball that he s uite Right to dislike and resent her uppity way of making things fresh and new so she can enjoy them A Man s Home and all that eyerollBut she goes too far when she wants his relatives to move along get themselves a new place to droop their depressing sadnesses and generally make room for the Lady of the Manorthe job she was seeking from the get goto spread her wings This seems
TO ME TO BE A BITme to be a bit since it s now her money that pays for things presenting her as a selfish wretch for wanting to enjoy her homewellyes it s clear she wasn t the right wife for Jimmy and his life was unpleasantly upended by her youthful prettiness and its attendant selfishness but someone please tell me why he couldn t simply have said Darling it s marvelous that you ve finally got this pile of dosh and lovely what you d like to do "with it but I must insist that you pay attention to my not unreasonable needs But then there wouldn "it but I must insist that you pay attention to my not unreasonable needs But then there wouldn be a story When she turns up dead her loud strumpet of a henchwoman a not our sort broad shown to be willing to Cheat On Her Tedious Husband shockhorror and not even shown
to act on it enough that she thinks about it isact on it enough that she thinks about it is makes sure Lois s death isn t simply swept under the gentry s handy rug Maudie arrives Lamb and Abbott arrive secrets are revealed misunderstandings are rife the couples who should be together either get there or are pushed that way I m not the least bit averse to the coupling up drive that inhabits former romance writer Wentworth s fiction This time however it s simply too perfunctory too splodged on the Lois Latter likes getting her own way and her easy going husband Jimmy usually gives in to her But she wants to get rid of his two step sisters and the woman whose mother brought him up in childhood and Jimmy has just caught her propositioning his young cousin It s not surprising that Jimmy is the chief suspect when Lois is found poisoned Miss Silver comes to stay and persuades people to explain their secrets which leads her to the improbable yet obvious solution to the crime Not Wentworth s best but at least there s less of Maud s piety than some of the books contain Another charming book in this series However1 How can the author name the main characters Mr Mrs Latter then introduce other characters named Mr Mr Latimer What was the author thinking Thank goodness they only appeared for a few pages but why employ such similair names2 I am not convinced that the ending held up view spoiler Couldn t Lois tell that her coffee already contained sugar and cognac and be suspicious If she didn t now and proceeded to add them again wouldn t her coffee have been oversweetened Either way I can t imagine her dranking that coffee hide spoiler Latter End a large country house outside of London is the setting of Patricia Wentworth s 11th Miss Silver novel I was happy to see that there were some great strong female characters once again While Miss Silver is her retired governess self brilliant and fact oriented with a strong intuition ab. Med to be an endless succession of bitter family rows which Lois invariably won But when Lois. Out what lies between the words of people she speaks to there were others in this novel They were all strong in their own individual ways and as "IS CHARACTERISTIC OF MS WENTWORTH S "characteristic of Ms Wentworth s care has been taken that there is congruency in each character s psychological makeup This story is also a terrific mystery story There is a murder or suicide and once suicide was eliminated that left murder Out of a household with nine people at the time only 3 could have done it As a reader I absolutely did not want it to be one of those three so as I m reading my mind is scrambling to figure out a different possibilityI love it when a book can take me over in such a way that I am both mentally engaged and emotionally invested in the outcome I have been reading this series for 11 months now and I The Cuckoo in Winter know there are many books I could be reading instead There have even been times when I ve had to update my reading schedule where I ve thought Oh I ve gone far enough with Miss Silver I should just put something else in this spot But I can t do itSo far I have not yet come across any two mysteries that are close to being the same I have also grown to be very fond of Miss Silver who is as diplomatic with the police officers she ends up working with as she is open and receptive and encouraging to the people she needs information from I love that her aim is not to absolve a client or to mitigate a situation in favour of characters we all care about She is there to obtain the truth Would that we had hundreds of Miss Silvers in the Law and in PoliticsI am already looking forward to my next Patricia Wentworth read later in the following month I mustnow what Miss Silver is going to be confronted
With Next Lois Latter Was A Nastynext Lois Latter was a nasty of work and nobody is upset when she dies unexpectedly from an overdose of morphine but was it suicide or murder Miss Silver is called in to solve the case and gently coughs her way to victory leaving the police trailing in her wake The family living at Latter End has always been a bit of a hotchpotch step siblings old family friends old family retainers the stray cousin but it worked
Wonderfully Until Jimmy Latteruntil Jimmy Latter of the house married the stunning but ruthless Lois After putting up with the mishmash household for certain values of putting up with that include extracting as much work as possible and imposing as much humiliation as possible Lois decides it s time to send the whole lot packing and start over When it s her body discovered poisoned however Miss Silver has to pack up her nitting once again and sort through a whole houseful of motives to find the murdererThis classic English manor house murder gives just what it promises a classic murder mystery with myriad suspects an intriguing murder an intelligent detective who still needs to learn to carry cough drops or see a doctor could be tuberculosis if she s coughing that much perennially nitting as she cogitates and a pair of hapless young lovers In addition especially listening to it aloud I found that there s uite a lot of lovely lyrical language that doesn t alliterate uite that much sorry that moves Wentworth s writing from the workaday to a higher level Eminently satisfying Enjoyed this a lot but I would have been interested in a HEA for Jimmy and Minnie than Antony and Julia who I did not much care abou. Latter is murdered it's shocking to discover just how many people might have wished her dead. A special thank you to my Booklikes buddy Tigus who steered me towards this particular Miss Silver mystery as it is by far the best of the three that I ve read so far The set up for Latter End has been used dozens of times before Lord of the Manor Jimmy Latter marries Lois a jumped up younger woman slash self centered floozy who decides to be the new broom that sweeps out the old She proceeds to throw out the
retainers and impoverished relatives then gets into a blazing row the husband after he finds her trying to rekindle an old flame with his cousin Antony who is having none of it realizing that he made a narrow escape indeed and ends up dead of poison in her Turkish coffee The suspect list is loooooong indeed because everyone had cause to hate Lois Including Jimmy he s just too obtuse and taken with her fragile form to figure it out She was truly awful Not Mrs Boynton from Appointment With Death awful More like I m so pretty and young and everyone should do exactly w I ve now read 19 of the 32 Miss Silver mysteriesold retainers and impoverished relatives then gets into a blazing row
This is the 11th in the series They are all pleasant cozy reads with different plots and new personalities foris the 11th in the series They are all pleasant cozy reads with different plots and new personalities for "Silver To Observe And "to observe and but other than giving a synopsis of the plot it is hard to give a meaningful review of each one It does seem that each one has at least one really disagreeable character that either becomes the victim of murder or turns out to be the perpetrator and in a way that makes them satisfying Patricia Wentworth really new how to make you dislike certain characters It also seems that often than not blackmail is involved and central to the crime than the other big motivators of greed and hatred I particularly enjoy how the relationship between Maud Silver and the Scotland Yard man Frank Abbot continues to developRecently I viewed new presentations of a couple of Miss Marple stories on PBS Masterpiece Mystery and do think there are some similarities between Miss Marple and Miss Silver It has been many years since I read the Agatha Christie mysteries but I am finding that I really like Miss Silver as a personality better and I think she is much clever and subtle and not so doddering I wonder why PBS has not done these mysteries and if they did who would they get to play Miss Maud Silver Delightful little mystery with plenty of stunning banter complex relationships lovely characters perfect pacing and of course our revered perceptress Miss Silver Exactly three stars While the manner in which Miss Silver collects her final clue to the murderer s identity worked in the 1940s it s so utterly incredible today that it d be cause for the MS to be firmly rejected by any publisherThe standard country house mystery a basically unoriginal plot the surprise twist concealed by a very limp curtain nothing too taxing but nothing out of place in its day and time The strongly moralistic tone of the thing was well honestly I found it less heavy handed than in some entries in the series It s pretty much confined to the expected Honour Above Crass Materialism and A Village Knows and Sees All Middle aged bachelor Jimmy Latter is variously depicted as being on his uppers accepting in marriage beautiful widowed gamine Lois who is involved in a nasty lawsuit with her dead husband s family then Virtuously Refusing the Gelt she wins in said lawsui. Things had never been uite the same at Latter End since Lois had taken over Suddenly life see.