Saturday, August 14, 2021

Wicked Uncle - Classic Mystery Review

Goodreads:  Wicked Uncle (Miss Silver #12) by Patricia Wentworth

Rating:  Loved It!
Source:   Purchased

Description: When the menacing Gregory Porlock invites a group of unacquainted friends to his home, the house party takes on a sinister edge. The host himself is stabbed in the back, and it becomes clear to all that he was a blackmailer. But which of his unfortunate comrades would have thrust the fatal knife is up to Miss Silver to discover. Only she can see through the lies and motives, the clues and questions, to determine which guest made certain the party was over.

Genre: Mystery - Classic

Why I Picked This Book:  I'm reading all the Miss Silver books this year and this was the next one in the list.

My Impression: I don't think it's much of a secret that I absolutely adore Miss Silver.  While I enjoyed the first few Miss Silver books I feel like Wentworth is really hitting her stride from book 5 or so with the character.  This one is no different and this includes a rare Miss Silver in the wild sighting (or in this case a department store).  

Gregory Porlock is one Wentworth's usual very villainy villains and no one is particularly sorry to see him with a knife in his back.  Dorinda Brown is a good heroine.  She's a bit na├»ve but is not subject to fainting spells and has a good head on her shoulders.  I liked her quite a bit and I loved her first interaction with Miss Silver.  And of course anytime I get to watch Abbott and Lamb interact with Miss Silver I am a very happy reader.  

This is a fun read with a solid mystery and likable characters.  I think in the last few books Wentworth is really in a strong place and this book is no exception.  If you love Miss Marple you really must give Miss Silver a try.  While this is the 12th book that Miss Silver appears in this is in no way a series that needs to be read in order.  

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  I'm already looking forward to the next Miss Silver book.

Would I Recommend this Book? If you enjoy Agatha Christie's mysteries then I really recommend trying Patricia Wentworth and this was a particularly enjoyable book.  


  1. How can I resist a title like that - Uncle Wicked!

  2. I really need to start reading books by this author. They sound like something I would like.

  3. So delighted this series is still really good and you are relishing them. Some day I am just going to have to try one!

  4. Ok, I need to try these. I love Aggie and this book in particular sounds like one I would enjoy. Wonderful review.