Review – Grey Mask

Posted 17 January, 2017 by Nikki in Reviews / 0 Comments

Cover of The Miss Silver Mysteries by Patricia WentworthGrey Mask, Patricia Wentworth

Received to review via Netgalley; republished 28th June 2016

So far I’ve only read the first of the Miss Silver MysteriesGrey Mask, which was published originally in 1928, and features mostly some young people whose lives have been messed up by a criminal network. Miss Silver is, in this book at least, a background character who comes in to solve all the problems, while Charles, Margaret and Margot are the characters who we mostly follow. Margot’s rather silly, but the aborted romance between Charles and Margaret is sweet — I found myself rooting for them before long.

I figured out the culprit pretty easily, but I was still interested in learning all the hows and whys, and there is quite a sense of tension in the last couple of chapters.

It’s fun, but not groundbreaking at this point; I’ll read more of the Miss Silver books, but I’m not hooked. If you’re a fan of Golden Age detective stories, this fits into that subset of crime/mystery novels well and will be of interest to you! Especially, perhaps, if you’re a fan of the genteel lady detective, Miss Marple style.

Rating: 3/5

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