A Miss Silver Mystery. Because Sir Herbert was such a mean-spirited man, his entire staff and circle of acquaintances all had strong motives for wishing him dead. Miss Silver uncovers these motives with her particular brand of patience and rationality. . .
A young woman who can't bear to be touched by her fiance, an "aunt" bound and determined to see the wedding happen, a lover returned from the past, a cousin who stands aside for love, a professor who hates to be bested in an argument, a butler who is too perfect...
who did it?
When young Lila Dryden is found standing over the murdered body of her fiance with a bloddy dagger in her hand, her aunt, Lady Sybil Dryden, calls upon Miss Silver to investigate the situation. The murder weapon comes from the valuable collection of ivories which was owned by the murder victim, Sir Herbert Whitall, a collection usually kept in a securely locked cabinet. Although Lila's presence at the scene of the murder is incriminating, she insists that she was sleepwalking. Her former lover, Bill Waring, had returned and contacted her only that afternoon and is also held suspect. But because Sir Herbert was such a mean-spirited man, his entire staff and circle of acquantiances all had strong motives for wishing him dead. Miss Silver uncovers these motives with her particular brand of patience and rationality, untangling a web of mismatched love affairs, envy and deceit.
I have 14 of the Miss Silver mysteries and I find them entertaining and informative. It is fun to try and figure out the differences in language and to realize how much the world has changed since she began writing in the 30's. I am a knitter and it is a wonderful sub story to see what she's knitting and how hard it was to find yarn. Wonderful!