Out of the Past

Out of the Past

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Acclaimed crime classics beautifully repackaged for a new generation of fans. James and Carmona Hardwick are spending the summer playing host to numerous friends and relatives in an old Hardwick family residence by the sea. The arrival of Alan Field, a devastatingly handsome though shady figure from Carmona's past, destroys the holiday atmosphere in the old house and replaces it with a mounting tension, culminating in murder. Fortunately, Miss Silver is present to unravel the complex mystery and seek out the murderer amongst them.show more

Product details

  • Book | 224 pages
  • 109.22 x 175.26 x 20.32mm | 136.08g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0340159529
  • 9780340159521

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Patricia Wentworth was born in India and after writing several romances turned her hand to crime. She wrote dozens of bestselling mysteries and was recognised as one of the mistresses of classic crime. She died in the late Sixties.show more

Review Text

The sharp powers of observation of mild Maud Silver contribute once again to the successful solution of a case in which Alan Field, a waster, returns to England to capitalize on the affections of the women who had once loved him. His murder exposes not only his past but a sequence of dubious indiscretions and releases the marriage he had jeopardized...The victimization of pleasant people extracts a certain sympathy and gently toned suspense. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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"- Miss Wentworth is a first-rate storyteller' - Daily Telegraph - 'Miss Silver has her place in detective fiction as surely as Lord Peter Wimsey or Hercule Poirot' - Manchester Evening News - 'Patricia Wentworth has created a great detective in Miss Silver, the little old lady who nobody notices, but who in turn notices everything' - Paula Gosling - 'Miss Silver is marvellous' - Daily Mail - 'Miss Wentworth's plot is ingenious, her characterization acute, her solution satisfying' - The Scotsman - '...some of the best examples of the British country-house murder mystery' - Alfred Hitchcock magazine - 'You can't go wrong with Miss Maud Silver' - Observershow more

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