The Chinese Shawl, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


Tanis Lyle was one of those passionate women who always get their own way. Her cousin Laura hated her. Most women did. But men found her irresistible and she used them mercilessly.

So when Tanis was found murdered there seemed to be any number of suspects on hand. But Miss Silver had her own suspicions . . .


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages, n/a
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780340108994

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Easy read, enjoyable, I'll certainly get more for when I want to do some light reading. Great for on holiday.

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This is a Miss Silver mystery I enjoyed less than usual. I think it’s because I rely on Patricia Wentworth for comfort reading: old-fashioned intrigue and romance, a country-house atmosphere, and most importantly, a lot of pleasant characters. It’s in the latter that <em>The Chinese Shawl</em> disappointed me a little; there are a lot of very unpleasant people, and very few I actually liked—and those few didn’t appear as much as I would have preferred.Still, Miss Silver herself is as charming as ever, and she solved an interesting puzzle, so I put down this book pretty satisfied with it.

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I'm stunned that I haven't come across the Miss Silver mysteries before. Although the murder mystery was slightly predictable (I got the why but couldn't quite decide who) this didn't detract from my enjoyment. Miss Silver is an interesting detective and I love her relationship with Randal March, she was once his governess and 'his first sight of Miss Maud Silver invariably carried him back to the days when she was the unquestioned dispenser of law and knowledge to an inky little boy'. Wonderful.

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This mystery was first published in 1943, and it's lasted pretty well. It's pretty much a country house mystery, with retired governess Miss Silver investigating the death of the selfish, rapacious and sexually predatory Tanis Lyle. Tanis is loathed by pretty much all her family and acquaintances - especially the women whose husbands she has ensnared and the men who have escaped her clutches - so there is no shortage of suspects. I didn't warm to the main character Laura as much as I think I was supposed to, nor to Carey, but I did like Miss Silver. Not up the standard of Agatha Christie or Dorothy L Sayers, to my mind, but not bad at all.

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