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Benevent Treasure (A Miss Silver Mystery) based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
If you fancy a good British mystery story and like little old ladies who can somehow remain unobtrusive yet solve the crime, then I would suggest you try this series.The story begins with a short prelude. Here we meet Candida Sayle, who will become the main character in due time, who is then 15 and has gone to a seaside hotel to wait for a friend who is delayed. She decides to take a walk along the beach, and is told by two other guests at the place that it shouldn't be a problem since there won't be a high tide for another two hours. Well, as it turns out, they were wrong, and she finds out only too late when she is stranded on a cliff as the tide comes in. Along comes help, though, in the form of Stephen, who is out birdwatching and hears her cries for help.Fast forward five years, and we now meet the older Candida, whose guardian-aunt has just died and left Candida with no prospects. So as luck would have it, she receives a letter from a great-aunt, the sister of her grandmother, inviting her to come and stay with her (Olivia) and her sister (Cara) at a house called Underhill. So off our heroine goes and almost immediately strange occurrences begin that end in murder. Luckily for all involved, Miss Silver just happens to be visiting a cousin in the area, but she is also there to investigate the disappearance some time back of a young man named Alan Thompson. Eventually the two storylines, of course, merge, making for one hell of a good mystery story. I would love to say more, but it would just spoil it for anyone else who wishes to read this book!Miss Silver is no Miss Marple, but she does get the job done. People who like cozies would like her, but the prose is a bit wordy and a bit dated, so it might put off some readers. Overall, not too bad.
All the ingredients for a great read. A strange house with even stranger occupants. A buried treasure causing mayhem. Who dunnit. The handsome young man, the maid, the butler, or the new relative. I'll never tell and you won't be able to figure it out . Enjoy.