The Ivory Dagger

The Ivory Dagger When Lila Dryden is discovered standing over the dead body of her irritating fiance with a dagger in her hand Miss Silver is called in to investigate What her patience and particular genius uncover i

  • Title: The Ivory Dagger
  • Author: Patricia Wentworth
  • ISBN: 9780061044038
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Lila Dryden is discovered standing over the dead body of her irritating fiance with a dagger in her hand, Miss Silver is called in to investigate What her patience and particular genius uncover is Lila s talent for sleepwalking, the return of her former lover, and the victim s entire staff and circle of acquaintances all of whom occasionally wished him dead.

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  • Patricia Wentworth

    Patricia Wentworth born Dora Amy Elles was a British crime fiction writer.She was educated privately and at Blackheath High School in London After the death of her first husband, George F Dillon, in 1906, she settled in Camberley, Surrey She married George Oliver Turnbull in 1920 and they had one daughter.She wrote a series of 32 classic style whodunnits featuring Miss Silver, the first of which was published in 1928, and the last in 1961, the year of her death Miss Silver, a retired governess turned private detective, is sometimes compared to Jane Marple, the elderly detective created by Agatha Christie She works closely with Scotland Yard, especially Inspector Frank Abbott and is fond of quoting the poet Tennyson Wentworth also wrote 34 books outside of that series.

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  • 3 1/2 starsI was not feeling very well and all I wanted to read was a nice, cozy novel. This book from the Miss Silver series fit the bill admirably.


  • Always love Miss Silver. Very nice cozy little mysteriesjust wish someone would give her a cough drop. Three and a half stars.



  • Murderers usually come to their just desserts in this series, but trustees who steal bunches of money never seem to be punished (unless they were also the murderer).


  • Wise, elderly lady goes to the manor house to detect the identity of the hateful industrialist's murderer. Ah, Golden Age of Mystery.


  • I've now read 19 of the 32 Miss Silver mysteries. This is the 18th in the series. They are all pleasant cozy reads, with different plots and new personalities for Miss Silver to observe and analyze, but other than giving a synopsis of the plot, it is hard to give a meaningful review of each one. It does seem that each one has at least one really disagreeable character that either becomes the victim of murder or turns out to be the perpetrator, and in a way that makes them satisfying. Patricia We [...]


  • Patricia Wentworth Miss Silver crime mysteries are set in post-war Britain and set among the English upper classes or upper middles. Miss Silver is very Edwardian or even Victorian and is an ex-governess turned detective. The genre is similar to Ngaio Marsh and Agatha Christie, and the solution to the whodunnits are always satisfactory in that they fit all the clues nicely. There is always a boy meets girl romance too. Her characterisation is well done. Her crime novels are cosy, comfortable, up [...]


  • I loved the setting. And it ended "right" for me. The characters are well developed but not overly so. Great plot, and an easy, enjoyable read. I did not give it five stars for two reasons. First, at least three times, as Miss Silver and/or the police were considering the case, it was reviewed in such a way as to seem whatever had happened was simply being repeated or rehashed. I felt like I was re-reading and did not appreciate that style. Second, why does Miss Silver cough so dang much? It was [...]


  • Edited to add: in these books the murderer is asking to be killed. they are almost all complete bastards. so no one is really sorry when they get wacked. that is kind of strange.Cast of thousands! Sybil Dryden - The evil stepmother. Likes to call the shots and willing to run roughshod over others to to get her way. Forcing Lila to marry Herbert. Lila Dryden - Exquisitely lovely. Everyone wants to marry her. Dumb as a bag of rocks and has the spine of a jellyfish. Terrified of Herbert.Bill Waring [...]


  • I read this book because, according to the publisher's note, 'Patricia Wentworth was as popular in the 1940s as Agatha Christie'. While this was certainly an interesting read in places, it was nowhere near Agatha Christie's standards. Two of the main characters - Lila Dryden and Bill Waring - fell into the category of characters I'd have been happy to see bumped off along with the novel's murder victim. Miss Silver (the private detective) spends most of her time knitting and, unlike Hercule Poir [...]


  • The heroine is so insipid in this book Lovely Lila doesn't want to marry Sir Herbert, but her step mother is making her. She no longer wants to marry Bill Waring either, but she is afraid he'll make her. When Sir Herbert is found stabbed to death, Lila is found sleepwalking next to him, with a bloodstained dress and the dagger at her feet. Did she do it? Miss Silver is brought in by Lila's wicked stepmother, and the case is solved satisfactorily for everyone. Except for the dead Sir Herbert, of [...]


  • Intriguing while it lasted (though there was definitely a Murder on the Orient Express cast of characters), but not really treasured re-read material. I was misled about the murderer quite thoroughly, and Wentworth made the suspense play out quite a long way, so it's got that going for it. On the other hand, there's a brainless young woman who hasn't the sense got gave a cat, another who is very sensible and in love with a man who she believes belongs to another who is strong, honorable and not [...]


  • Free | Better than some in the series, there are more twists than usual but it contains the most insipid of Wentworth's girls, and that's saying something. | How anyone at any time in history could have believed that men existed on the planet who would want to marry Lila, let alone three who would vie for the opportunity, I do not understand.


  • I love old mysteries. I like them better when they don't start with an extended chapter that could be replace by a couple of sentences, have a murder early on and a credible and fully explained motive, and they don't have a totally gratuitous use of the N word.



  • This is more of a mystery and less of a romance than the usual Miss Silver novel. I liked all the characters and even the secondary villain is given a plausible motivation and a shot at redemption.


  • It lost a star simply for the numerous (and increasingly annoying) references to Miss Silver coughing . . . an editor was sorely needed.


  • When Bill Waring wakes from a post-train-accient coma after a month, the first thing he thinks of is his fiancee back home in England, the lovely Lila Dryden. He's puzzled when he finds he's had no letters from her, and completely flabbergasted to find, when he finally gets home, that she's engaged to a wealthy but disagreeable older man and will be married the following week. Lila, meanwhile, who has all the spine of an amoeba, has been forced into a hateful engagement by her ruthless aunt, but [...]


  • Hatte anfangs gar nicht realisiert, dass es sich hierbei um einen recht alten Krimi handelt. Die Figur der Miss Silver diente wohl schon als Vorlage für Miss Marple.Die Ermittlungsmethoden sind dementsprechend auch antiquiert. Keine DNA-Analysen sondern genaue Befragungen, gute Kombinationsgabe und gesunder Menschenverstand führen zur Lösung. Erinnert ein bisschen an das Spiel 'Cluedo'.Zugegeben, auch die Ermittler der 'modernen Literatur' wie Alex Cross, Com. Brunetti, Aurelio Zen oder Inspe [...]


  • herbert Whitall, a wealthy disagreeable bachelor is murdered shortly before he is due to be married. His fiancee is found standing over his body in a bloodstained dress - her guilt seems obvious, but she claims to have been sleepwalking. her aunt calls on Miss Silver to solve the case. This is quite an enjoyable murder mystery, with a houseful of suspects, all of whom have good reason to want herbert Whitall dead, and despite the presence in the house of several policeman, it naturally is Miss S [...]


  • Lila Drydan is a spineless young woman of doubtful intelligence. She is engaged against her will to a beastly man who only wishes to marry her in order to added her to his collection of beautiful objects and also because of his desire to beat out the man who was her unannounced fiance. Just days before the wedding she is found in his study around midnight standing beside his corpse with blood on her hand and clothes and her fingerprints on the ivory dagger. Miss Silver coughs her way to the solu [...]


  • I used to read and enjoy Patricia Wentworth's mystery novels, but I don't remember reading a Miss Silver series book, and I was disappointed in this one. The plot is all right as it's set up, but then Miss Silver and Detective Abbot rely far too heavily on motives to solve the case. I couldn't help thinking if they would only turn to opportunity and means earlier, the case would have been solved a lot sooner. It was exasperating to be able to think of several questions they should have been aski [...]


  • Typical Miss Silver, she coughed and knitted through yet another murder. The young woman, Lila, who was engaged to at least 2 men, was so simpering that this reader just wanted to slap and scream at her "grow up!" I have only 7 more Miss Silver books to read before I'm done with the series of 32 books.


  • I don't know why I read any whodunnits, I get bored with the revelations held back to make what should always be a short story into a novel, but then I read another one.This was ok, with at least some attempt to build characters - well more than in Christie, which I know doesn't say much.




  • This was a great classic British murder mystery with a knitting/retired governess protagonist. I plan to read many more in this "Miss Silver" series.


  • It felt like reading something similar to Murder She Wrote. Miss Silver was, in my mind, something like Angela.Lansbury. I enjoyed he read.




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