The Listening Eye A deaf woman learns something she shouldn t and she asks Miss Silver for protectionPaulina Paine was buried under her house during the Blitz She spent twenty four hours trapped underneath the rubble

  • Title: The Listening Eye
  • Author: Patricia Wentworth
  • ISBN: 9780340688960
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Paperback
  • A deaf woman learns something she shouldn t, and she asks Miss Silver for protectionPaulina Paine was buried under her house during the Blitz She spent twenty four hours trapped underneath the rubble, where the silence was absolute as the grave, and only after she escaped did she realize that the bomb that spared her life had taken her hearing With difficulty, she learneA deaf woman learns something she shouldn t, and she asks Miss Silver for protectionPaulina Paine was buried under her house during the Blitz She spent twenty four hours trapped underneath the rubble, where the silence was absolute as the grave, and only after she escaped did she realize that the bomb that spared her life had taken her hearing With difficulty, she learned to read lips an invaluable skill that may soon get her killed She is at an art gallery when, quite by chance, she spies an interesting conversation across the room Without meaning to, she eavesdrops, and learns of a shocking plan to commit a most fearsome robbery She doesn t know what to do until she learns that, after she left, the two men asked after her, and learned about her special talent Now only the demure detective Maud Silver can halt the robbery and save Paulina s life.

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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 Listening Eye

    1. “People do these things in melodrama, not in real life.” — Lucius Bellingdon“Can you pick up a newspaper without finding material for a melodrama? The passions of greed and lust are essentially crude. They do not change.” — Miss SilverDense and complex, atmospheric of village life and all the twisting relationships such claustrophobic surroundings give birth to, and filled with the charm of a burgeoning romance, I’ve always felt The Listening Eye to be underrated. The opening is st [...]

    2. Another Complex Mystery that Is TimelessI don't want to share any spoilers so I'll only say that if you enjoy a good old-fashioned mystery that gets your thoughts buzzing along the lines of what will happen next and who is behind all of the "incidents" (I promised: no spoilers!) you will really enjoy this tale set in London and a nearby village. For teens to adults.

    3. Probably my favorite Miss Silver mystery. A deaf woman, an expert lipreader, watches a murder being planned, but without enough information to forestall the crime. Miss Silver, with this special knowledge, is called in to find the killer among the household of rich manufacturer Lucius Bellingdon. It wouldn't hurt either if she could trace the necklace of the Empress Josephine, lost to the killer.I like the concept, and my sympathies were so engaged by the deaf woman that they carried through the [...]

    4. My first book by this author. Not bad at all, but a bit too repetitious - something would happen, then a character talks about it to Miss Silver, then Miss Silver talks to the police. The criminal was absurdedly obvious as well. Still though, it took me to another place and time, so it was relatively enjoyable as well as ultimately forgettable.

    5. Paulina Payne is deaf, but is an excellent lip-reader. When she lip-reads two men discussing what sounds like murder, she seeks out Miss Silver for advice--but doesn't take it. Meanwhile, Lucias Bellingden's adopted daughter Moira has convinced him to let her wear Marie Antoinette's diamond necklace for a masquerade ball. Unfortunately, the young secretary who fetches it from the bank is shot, and the necklace stolen. Lucius hires Miss Silver to come to his country house, and find out what is go [...]

    6. As one might expect from the twenty-eighth novel in a mystery series, the story of The Listening Eye is not particularly compelling. It started off well, with a twist on the classic accidental eavesdropper, but there are not many surprises in the remainder of the book. Wentworth's characters are quirky and she has a reserved, tongue-in-cheek writing style that is engaging even when the story gets dull. She does fall into the trap of repeating the facts of the case unnecessarily to the reader in [...]

    7. I bought this book because it was on sale for like 4 bucks, and the description led me to believe the protagonist was a deaf woman which I thought would be amazing, and I hoped it would be an Agatha Christie style whodunnit. I was severely disappointed. The character I took to be the protagonist was actually the first person to die. And she was the most interesting character in the book. The actual detective is unbearable. She’s this politely rude judgmental old woman whose “deductive powers [...]

    8. DWRPL | Began with such promise, unique and interesting, but rapidly dropped down to the usual late-Miss Silver formula. | The idea of a crime discussed in what the perpetrators believe to be secrecy, "overheard" by a nearby lip-reading deaf person is a novel one, which led to such an intriguing title. Unfortunately, Wentworth used it just as an introduction, then immediately had the most interesting character die off-page and be hardly bothered with again, and proceeded to her standard plot of [...]

    9. Pauline Paine lost her hearing after being trapped beneath the rubble of her house in London during the World War II Blitz. Over time she learned to read lips and during an afternoon in an art gallery, by accident, she lip reads a conversation across the room that seems to involve a planned robbery. Concerned, Pauline goes to elderly detective Maul Silver for advice. And then it's up to Miss Silver and the police to figure out what's going on.

    10. This was very enjoyable and entertaining. Not quite the brilliance of Agatha Christie. The resolution to the mystery was somewhat predictable, but I definitely enjoyed reading it. Brandon and I are reading another Wentworth together right now (Dead or Alive), and it's also intriguing. I think Wentworth writes a good mystery that keeps you engaged and entertained, but lacks the blow-you-away cleverness of Agatha Christie.

    11. A fine Miss Silver mystery. There is mystery, there is danger, there are beautiful young people (good) and dangerously beautiful young people (bad), and everything turns out right in the end. Just right for reading when one is sick in bed!

    12. A coveted diamond necklace leads to robbery and murder. Despite the almost stereotypical gathering of potential suspects at an English country house, this is not the usual cozy Miss Silver mystery, where only the “bad hats” are victims. In this story, no one is safe.

    13. This is the first Patricia Wentworth book I ever read. Mum handed it to me and I remember wandering round with it in my school bag and sat in the playground (at primary school) reading it. Ruined me for other mediocre murder mysteries.

    14. Upon completion of this book, I've also completed the entire Miss Silver series. No more Maudie Silver and her knitting and her quotes from Tennyson. No more "coughing" to make a point.Now on to Patricia Wentworth stand-alone booksere are plenty of them, too.

    15. Not my favorite Wentworth. I didn't ever feel a sense of urgency, and the "heroine" of the piece was flat and really quite uninvolved in the story.

    16. A deaf woman lipreads someone discussing a proposed crime. She consults with Miss Maud Silver about what she learned to try to prevent a murder.

    17. I think this was Patricia Wentworth's best novel. The plotting was fantastic, the characters likable. It was an enjoyable read.

    18. Another of my favourites of Patricia Wentworth's Miss Silver books. I think she captures perfectly the deaf lady's mannerisms and the heartlessness of the criminal.

    19. This is one of my favorite Miss Silver mysteries I am not totally sure why, but for some reason the premise of the deaf woman "overhearing" a conversation just seems so interesting to me.

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