Miss Silver Comes to Stay, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


When he was 21 James Lessiter told Henrietta Cray that he loved her before all things and so broke Catherine Lee's heart.

But James has a side to him that most people do not see.

When the engagement is broken off noone is sure why and Rietta refuses to explain.

Twenty years later James returns to the village an extremely wealthy man.

Rietta is still unmarried and Catherine is a penniless widow living in a cottage on the Lessiter estate.

Trouble is inevitable, for Catherine has started to sell some of the valuable contents of the cottage to keep up a lifestyle she cannot afford but James has his suspicions and is looking forward to exposing her.

He has always enjoyed seeing someone else suffer whatever the cost.

When he is brutally murdered there all too many people who would benefit from his death but fortunately Miss Silver is ready to investigate.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages, n/a
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780340159514

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A visit to an old school friend means Miss Silver is already on the scene when James Lessiter, now a rich man, comes home to the village of Melling after more than twenty years. When he is murdered, suspicion falls on his former fiancée and her foster son, but they are far from the only ones to have had the motive and opportunity to kill him.As usual, Miss Silver saves the day, without departing from her customary ladylike demeanour or dropping a stitch of her omnipresent knitting.

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A good instalment in the Miss Silver series. I particularly liked how Wentworth sets the scene for the crime, setting up a number of suspects in the process, but also manages to rapidly eliminate some. Fortunately Miss Silver is on the scene, staying with an old friend, and is called in by one of the police’s main suspects to find out who murdered James Lassiter. Miss Silver solves the crime using her observational and deductive skills and knitting. Fantastic.

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