Thursday, December 23, 2021

Books from the Backlog - Rolling Stone

Today I'm linking up with Carole from Carole's Random Life of Books for Books from the Backlog.  I really enjoy the chance to feature a book that's been hiding in the piles of books for far too long!

Goodreads:  Rolling Stone by Patricia Wentworth

Blurb:  A con man named Spike Reilly was dying an agonizing death in a Brussels hotel. Next door, the erstwhile sleuth and wanderer, Peter Talbot, was very much alive. And in a moment of brilliance and madness, Peter knew that he could adopt the dying man's identity and use it as his passport into a dangerous ring of thieves.
Reborn Spike Reilly, Peter followed a trail of coded messages that led first to a well-appointed English manor, a house full of well-appointed guests, and then to the true identity of Spike's employer: Maud Millicent Simpson, England's most deadly woman. After steering him through the theft of a priceless painting, Maud then had a second job for "Spike": kidnap and kill a beautiful young lady. For Spike Reilly it might have been all in a day's work. But for Peter Talbot it meant playing a role within a role within a role - and somehow coming out alive!

Why It Needs to Come Off the Shelf:  I was thinking about my 2022 reading goals.  In 2021 I decided I wanted to read all the Miss Silver books by Wentworth but it turned out there were WAY more then I thought.  So I decided to make it into a 2 year challenge and throw in the stand alone books as well.  That's when I discovered this one that I had put on another shelf and somehow haven't read!


  1. A two year goal for the series sounds realistic when there are so many. I am sure now that this one has been unearthed it will be read.

  2. I have never read this author. I think that spacing out a series can be the best way to experience it. I hope that you enjoy this one!