Monday, October 26, 2009

BOTD: Danger Point, by Patricia Wentworth

I read a lot. A whole lot. Not always new books, but there's generally at least one book sitting around with a dog-eared page, or actually in my hand.

So I'm adding Book Of The Day to Scent Of The Day. We'll see how this works out.

_Danger Point_ is a murder mystery by Patricia Wentworth, in her Miss Silver series. It's set in England, it's copyrighted 1942, and that appears to be approximately when it's set. Much of the action takes place in the massive family estate of Tanfield Court.

Miss Silver is one of those respectable little old ladies that goes around solving murders, in this case one who once worked as a governess but moved on to making a nice little living going around solving murders professionally. She also knits, naturally.

I like Miss Silvers. While she doesn't have the flaws of, say, Agatha Raisin, she's also not a flawless little white-haired bundle of perfection. Or, actually, aside from her taste in decorating and clothes, she is rather perfect, and that's her imperfection. She's clever, she's collected, she's tidy, she's frugal, she rarely says anything stronger than "Dear me!", and at times others are properly irritated by all that.

Patricia Wentworth, in general, wrote Good Reads. Varying characters, interesting if cozy psychology, events that are enjoyable to follow. The core conflict of the plot can generally be summarized in a sentence or two ("sweet heiress marries dubious money-hungry husband" is the summary for this one), but that's OK.

I do have an unfortunate tendency to throw modern psychological jargon at the situations in Patricia Wentworth's books, and to see some of the situations as textbook cases - which is actually rather interesting, considering the age of the books. The wife who's desperate to make her husband smile at her, the daughter who can't pull away from her self-absorbed mother, the hard-working woman who enables (see? jargon!) her slacker brother-in-law, all of them seem startlingly modern, among the tea and crumpets and well-tended gardens.

This particular book is about the desperate wife, and this is at least the third time I've read it. So I think I'd recommend it.

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  1. I like the book of the day category. What a great place to keep track of what you've read and what you like. I read alot too, but not mysteries alas. I think I just got jaded after I finished Nancy Drew. What more could be said about mystery solving? Except of course what Scooby Do would do. Shockingly I have never read the Hobbit and am reading it now. Much more humorous than i was expecting, and I am relating to the Hobbitt far more than I ever thought I would. My voice even squeaks when I get excited about maps and elves and other adventures.

  2. BTW this would be a great place to keep track of nanowrimo... you are well on your way

  3. The Hobbit! Yay!

    I used to start the whole Lord Of The Rings series, starting with The Hobbit, every single Christmas vacation. So I've read The Hobbit many times, and the last book hardly at all. :)