Saturday, February 24, 2024

Pursuit of a Parcel - Classic Mystery Review

Goodreads: Pursuit of a Parcel by Patricia Wentworth

Rating: Liked It! (3.5 Stars)
Source:   Publisher

Description:  Double agent Cornelius Roos is about to become dispensable to the Germans—until he reveals the existence of a recording that will guarantee the death of a high-ranking Nazi official if it finds its way into the hands of Hermann Goering. So Roos strikes a bargain: If he walks out of Gestapo headquarters alive, he will ensure that the compromising recording never reaches Goering.

Meanwhile, in the Foreign Intelligence office in England, agent Antony Rossiter is interrogated about Roos, his older, adopted brother. A few days later, Rossiter parachutes into Holland to make contact with Roos. But when a brown paper parcel with Rossiter’s name on it is delivered to a British law firm, Rossiter’s fiancĂ©e, Delia Merridew, becomes an innocent pawn in a deadly game of international espionage and cold-blooded murder. Now it’s up to Scotland Yard Inspector Ernest Lamb and Detective Frank Abbott to ferret out the truth before a desperate enemy claims another victim.

Genre: Mystery - Classic

Why I Picked This Book:  I love Patricia Wentworth's mysteries and am always looking to read more of her non-Miss Silver mysteries.

My Impression: I've been a fan of Patricia Wentworth's books almost as long as I've been a fan of Agatha Christie's books.  I love Miss Silver and visiting the cozy world Wentworth creates for her characters.  

This one is a bit different from other books I've read by this author.  Colonel Garrett is there with his behind the scenes masterminding, Frank Abbott and Ernest Lamb make a (very brief) appearance.  As well there are two beautiful and well to do main characters.  They are not, however, inhabiting a cozy world.  Delia and Antony are living in the middle of World War II England filled with bombings and air raid sirens and being constantly aware that someone with sinister motives could be hiding in your midst.  There's a bit of chaos and uncertainty mixed in with Wentworth's usual elements that I really enjoyed.  

This was an interesting read - especially since it is a book set during World War II that was written and published during that time period.  The mystery was on the slower side and there were a few points where the characters seemed to either make giant leaps or take forever to figure out that cut down on my enjoyment a little bit.  Overall, however, this was an interesting and entertaining read and I always love finding a Wentworth mystery that I haven't read before.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Of course!  Wentworth is one of my favorite authors and while I don't love all of her books I always enjoy reading them.  

Would I Recommend this Book? If you like classic mysteries or books set during World War II I think you would enjoy this one.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. She's an author I've heard a lot about, but have never read. Mostly because my library doesn't have any of her books.

  2. Interesting it was written and published during WW2, it would make all the details of the setting very real.