Eternity Ring Author:Patricia Wentworth Published just a few years after the end of World War II, time has not diminished the capacity of this well-written murder mystery to entertain the reader. Featuring Miss Maud Silver, a retired governess turned private inquiry agent, it is replete with interesting characters and an array of suspects. While the discerning reader will probably be ... more »able to figure out just who the killer is, this will not dim the enjoyment of the reader in getting to that point, as it is the journey that that counts.
Detective Sergeant Frank Abbott of Scotland Yard is visiting relatives in the English countryside in a village called Deeping. While there, Mary Stokes, a local woman, hysterically reports seeing a dead woman murdered just outside the village in an area of woods known as Dead Man's Copse. Unfortunately, as investigation fails to corroborates the young woman's story. Something just does not make sense.
Detective Sergeant Abbot asks Miss Silver if would come for a visit to the village in an unofficial capacity, as he reveres her insights, and she readily acquiesces. When a woman is later reported missing, and the description of the missing woman ties in with the description of the woman that Mary Stokes reported murdered, the only questions that remain are where is the body and who killed her?
This is an intricately plotted murder mystery with well-drawn characters. There are also a number of intriguing sub-plots. All gets neatly woven together in a most enjoyable and satisfying mystery. Miss Silver, as always, brings much to the table in her own way and is the recurring character in a series of mysteries of which I am a devoted fan. Those who like murder mysteries, as well as those who are fans of Miss Silver, will thoroughly enjoy this one.« less