The Key Michael Harsch s long years of work were nearly at an end The following day he was looking forward to handing over his precious formula to the government But the next morning he was in no fit state to

  • Title: The Key
  • Author: Patricia Wentworth
  • ISBN: 9780060974466
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Paperback
  • Michael Harsch s long years of work were nearly at an end The following day he was looking forward to handing over his precious formula to the government But the next morning he was in no fit state to hand over the formula he was dead It looked like suicide, but Miss Silver knew it was murder.

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    About “Patricia Wentworth

    1. Patricia Wentworth says:

      Patricia Wentworth born Dora Amy Elles was a British crime fiction writer.She was educated privately and at Blackheath High School in London After the death of her first husband, George F Dillon, in 1906, she settled in Camberley, Surrey She married George Oliver Turnbull in 1920 and they had one daughter.She wrote a series of 32 classic style whodunnits featuring Miss Silver, the first of which was published in 1928, and the last in 1961, the year of her death Miss Silver, a retired governess turned private detective, is sometimes compared to Jane Marple, the elderly detective created by Agatha Christie She works closely with Scotland Yard, especially Inspector Frank Abbott and is fond of quoting the poet Tennyson Wentworth also wrote 34 books outside of that series.



    2 thoughts on “The Key

    1. It's the 1940s. World War II is raging and a Jewish refugee in England is working on a substance that could give Britain an edge in the war. Michael Harsch has worked for years trying to perfect his work and now he's finally ready to turn it over to the War Office. He calls Sir George Rendal to let him know of the success and makes arrangements to turn his findings and all his notes over the next day. It's an appointment that he'll never keep. Harsch goes to the church to relax with music and is [...]

    2. "Because green changed to orange at just that time three people were to die, and the lives of four others were to be deeply and radically altered." - The KeyWhat a nice opening hook this was. I "bit", and was immediately drawn in to the storyTE: This is pathetic, but I can't for the life of me remember who was the 3rd person to die. If anyone knows, please tell me. It's making me nuts!

    3. Not the best one she's ever written. Plot seemed to be devised around war time propaganda and felt like she's churned it out for the war office without taking any real pleasure in it and didn't devise her usual twists and turns. I couldn't really theories who it was because the answer to the puzzle kind of came out of nowhere.

    4. "Miss Doncaster eyed him with the dislike which her features were so well qualified to express. She had the long, sharp nose and reddish eyes of a ferret, and the thinnest lips that Garth had ever seen. The fact that she never opened them far enough to allow anyone to see her teeth had given rise to a legend which had terrified his infancy. It was said, and was possibly still believed amongst the young of Bourne, that she had real ferret's teeth, and that if she caught you alone after dark almos [...]

    5. Wonderful. One of those books that make me want to start the next book in the series immediately after finishing it. Miss Maud Silver, former governess and detective extraordinaire, is one of the best "amateur" sleuths in British crime fiction. Set in World War II Britain, this murder mystery takes place in an English village replete with German spies, finely drawn spinsters of every nature, young lovers, old drunks, and every other sort to round out a thoroughly delectable tale. Guess I'd bette [...]

    6. Pleasant, slightly uneven mystery involving Nazi agents in a small town. Unlike most British mysteries of this period, I found most of the characters moderately likeable. This is my first Miss Silver story and I plan to pick up one of the earlier installments eventually.

    7. This 1944 mystery has all of the period details that make reading classic mystery novels fun for me. The wartime setting details elegant breakfasts made from powdered eggs, garden produce as the centerpiece for an evening meal, evil Germans (apologies to all the good Germanic people--but this is a WW2 story), noble scientists working on secret projects. . . . and, a village murder.This could be any period mystery story IF it didn't feature Miss Silver. The mouse-like, maiden detective who inevit [...]

    8. This was my first reading of the Miss Silver series. I learned a new word (or rather an old word)rrader, which means 'further ahead'. The writing is very good, awfully wordy at times, but typical of those times. That's why I like reading stories written in the 20s through 40s. The lifestyle was in some ways simpler but more formal, more polite, more appreciative of what they had and made more so because of what they didn't have. This story takes place in a village in England during WW2 when ther [...]

    9. This one comes close to deserving 4 stars, except that I found the mystery far too easy to figure out and was a bit frustrated by how long it took the characters to suspect the (to me) obviously suspicious person. Janice Meade is an excellent heroine, however, combining the nice looks & good morals of Wentworth's earlier young women with a good deal of backbone, a mind of her own, and the ability to act in crisis.

    10. Always reliableThe country cast of characters, the John Bull police detective, the romance, the big oak pin, those are the ingredients Wentworth mixes up for a pleasant read. Yes her books are formulaic but who cares?

    11. When I first encountered Miss Silver, in book #1 of the Series (Grey Mask), I was disappointed that her characterization was so wooden and she had such scant interactions with her client.Now, having reached book #8 of the series, The Key, I see that Patricia Wentworth has had time (in about 15 years since the first book in 1928) to develop Miss Silver. I am completely satisfied now with Miss Silver's portrayal. In The Key, she characteristically appears in the story around page 100 of the book. [...]

    12. Mystery set in small-town wartime England with the murder victim an escaped Jewish scientist who developed a "formula" for use against the Nazis. That sounds cool, right?The characters, especially Miss Silver, our former-governess-turned-private-detective, are likeable. The descriptions of the physical specs of the town are overdone and drag the narrative. The murder-mystery itself is not twisty or turny, merely process of elimination. OverallMiss Silver herself is a charming character. But the [...]

    13. I've now read 19 of the 32 Miss Silver mysteries. This is the 8th in the series. They are all pleasant cozy reads, with different plots and new personalities for Miss Silver to observe and analyze, 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 Wen [...]

    14. In WWII, Michael Harsch is a refugee Jew in England, working on a deadly explosive to aid the war effort. The day he finishes it, he is found murdered in the church where he liked to play the organ. It looks like a suicide, but people talk in a village, and visiting army major Garth Albany gathers enough evidence to call in Scotland Yard--and Miss Silver.This was a nicely tangled mystery, well-paced, with lots of red herrings, revelations, and the requisite young love. Miss Silver shares the det [...]

    15. Michael Karsch escaped Nazi Germany, but his wife and daughter did not. He's been in England for five years, developing an explosive that the Allies can use to win the war. Just as he completes his formula, by complete chance, he sees a ghost from his past. Did he really see one of his Nazi captors in Marbury, or was it just a trick of the light and his own exhaustion?Before he has a chance to find out, he is dead.Inspector Lamb and Sargent Abbot are on the cased eventually Maud Silver rides in [...]

    16. War-time novel about small village England. A local scientist, who has just completed work on the latest in explosive technology and is about to turn it over to the War Office, turns up dead in the church where he was playing the organ. Initially ruled a suicide, there are those who question the rightness of the coroner's jury -- and first Scotland Yard and then Miss Silver is called in to delve into the matter. Events overtake Miss Silver's deductions, and the murderer is exposed without her di [...]

    17. Another"classic" style English mystery by Patricia Wentworth-very similar to Agatha Christie. A small English village, a closed social circle, eccentric characters, and murder most foul. Takes place during WWII. A scientist who had escaped from Nazi Germany but whose wife and daughter were killed, lives only to perfect a new explosive. The evening that he does, he is murdered while playing the pipe organ in the locked village church, a church for which there are only a very select number of keys [...]

    18. Another in the better vein of Miss Silver mysteries, with characters that generally aren't tedious to spend a couple hundred pages reading about. More of an attempt at an action climax than Wentworth usually went in for, and surprisingly little racism considering the time and subject matter. I was prepared to have to grimace through a lot of comments regarding the victim, since he was Jewish, but that was very little addressed.

    19. As with all but the very early Miss Silver mysteries, these book features a very likable young couple, a gossipy small town, and the delightful Maude Silver herself. The plot depends a little too heavily on coincidence to win five stars from me, but is still a delightful example of Patricia Wentworth near the height of her story-telling powers.

    20. I've been reading all the Miss Silver books, and I'll probably continue reading them. This was one of the weaker ones, I think; the attempts to guide the reader to suspect perfectly innocent characters was a little clumsier than it's been in the others. Still not a bad story; just not one of the better ones.

    21. Another gentle and well plotted Miss Silver mystery. Remarkably a book that is a product of it's time theme-wise (set during WWII) and yet does not devolve into racism against the enemy. The police are made to look rather dense and inefficient though.

    22. This wasn't one of my favorites. The beginning and end were intriguing, but I felt like the middle got slow & not nearly as interesting.

    23. This was a fun read. All the Miss Silver books have a certain pattern - and that's not a bad thing. I can turn to them when I want a pleasant story arc.

    24. Miss Silver tackles a case involving murder and espionage during World War II in a neighboring English village. As usual, she gets her man!

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