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Miss Silver attempts to save a young girl from her murderous husband Maud Silver, demure private eye, hardly has time to finish one adventure before another demands her attention. She is making her way back to London when, with a terrible jerk, her train thrusts a young woman into her compartment—a beautiful woman in a state of shock. She is Lisle Jerningham, a newlywed wiMiss Silver attempts to save a young girl from her murderous husband Maud Silver, demure private eye, hardly has time to finish one adventure before another demands her attention. She is making her way back to London when, with a terrible jerk, her train thrusts a young woman into her compartment—a beautiful woman in a state of shock. She is Lisle Jerningham, a newlywed with money—which may be about to get her killed. Lisle fled her home in a hurry when she overheard a sinister conversation through the bushes. Her new husband’s first wife died of an accident, and the resultant infusion of cash saved his family home. Now broke again, he may be trying to engineer a second convenient mishap. Lisle has already survived one attempt on her life, but only Miss Silver can help her make it through the next....

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Danger Point Reviews

  • Jaline
    2019-01-25 21:50

    Another Patricia Wentworth mystery featuring Miss Maud Silver. This time she is involved right from the beginning, even though it is somewhat peripherally. Her main role in this book was as a foil for the jeopardized young wife, Lisle, who was virtually immobilized by threats being made on her life.Could her husband Dale be behind it? There is a lot at stake – Lisle’s fortune, for one thing. What about Dale’s cousin Rafe? He appears to be trying to make Lisle leave. Will his efforts prove to be fatal? And what about Dale’s cousin Alicia? She makes it obvious she wants Lisle out of the way so she can have Dale for herself.Several attempts are made on Lisle’s life and any one of them could have been fatal, but so far Lisle’s luck has held and she makes an unsteady pathway through this minefield of people whose good wishes she can’t be sure of.Written in 1941, I find it interesting to visit an era where customs and people’s roles in life are so different – yet crime and motives for murder are just as they are today.

  • Jodi
    2019-01-29 14:53

    Patricia Wentworth is one of my favorite mystery writers ever! Not great literature, but an exciting story and written well enough that I ignore everything around me when I'm immersed in one of her books. Danger Point (also known as In the Balance) is about a young married woman who is being plagued by "accidents" and the breakdown of her marriage. Miss Silver, Wentworth's most famous dectective, makes an appearance but does little detecting. Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of Miss Silver so this is a plus for me. I prefer Wentworth's mysteries without the little dowdy detective. Still I'll take Wentworth fluff over pretty much any other fluff out there. And the best part about this book is that my copy was printed in 1941 and encourages me to "Buy United States War Savings Bonds and Stamps" and to pass along my book "to a service man" because "our boys need books". I should give the novel another star just for that!

  • Claude
    2019-02-16 16:55

    Lisle, the main character, got on my nerves after two pages. She is a total nincompoop who lets people walk all over her. There were moments when I could have strangled her. What was it that made me go on with the book? Well, I wanted to know the end, even if the end had meant that Lisle would be murdered.It must have something to do with the fact that Patricia Wentworth knows how to tell a story.

  • Mo
    2019-02-15 18:55

    Obviously, Miss Silver is the thread that connects all these books, but it is a very slender thread. In my opinion, they could all stand on their own.

  • Ian
    2019-01-28 22:08

    I love this series. These are my comfort reads/listens.These are well styled and written mystery/romance books, with the lead character of Miss Maud Silver (ex governess turned Private Enquiry Agent), who fits in to any household or village quite easily with her knitting bag over her arm and a soothing, listening presence. Always backed up by one of her ex pupils, Randal Marsh or Frank Abbott, who are detectives in the police force.Diana Bishops narration of the Miss Silver mysteries is to me the definitive voice of the audiobooks, just like Joan Hickson is for me the definitive Miss Jane Marple.If you like the review and would like to read my other reviews on books I have read, visit my blog at www.finalchapterreadersgroup.wordpres...... like, comment and follow.

  • Jane
    2019-01-29 16:49

    I realised that it was a long, long time since I had investigated a mystery with Miss Silver for ages. The delay was partly because I was wonderfully distracted by lots of Patricia Wentworth’s other books being sent back out into the world; but it was also because after loving books one and two I was rather disappointed in book three. I reached the point when I realised that it was time to try book four, and I am so glad that I did. It’s my favourite Miss Silver book to date.The story begins on a train, with Miss Silver travelling back to London after a seaside holiday. An attractive young woman – clearly in a state of shock – rushes into the compartment. Miss Silver is concerned and she very tactfully begins a conversation; her companion responds, thinking that Miss Silver is rather like her old governess.Lisle Jerningham was a wealthy young woman with a brand new husband, and she was terribly afraid that he was going to kill her. She had just overheard a conversation that suggested that husband’s first wife died of an accident, that that money she left him had saved his family home. Now he had run out of money again, he had acquired another wife with money, and maybe she would have an accident too …When the train reached London Miss Silver pressed one of her business cards into Lisle’s hand, and said that she should call if there was ever anything at all she might do to help.Lisle felt terribly alone. She was American and she had no family or friends of her own in England. Her money was managed by a trustee and she knew that Dale, her husband, was unhappy that he wouldn’t produce the funds that he needed to save the family home. He said that if Lisle was only a little more persuasive he would have the money and everything would be alright, but that she really didn’t understand how important it was. She didn’t understand, but she had tried for her husband’s sake.The only person who seemed to care about her was Dale’s cousin Rafe, but Rafe was charming to everyone and so she could never be sure that he really was her fiend. She knew that Dale’s other cousin, Alicia, whose rich, titled husband died in an accident at about the same time that Dale’s first wife hated her. Dale and Alicia had been expected to marry, and she wondered if maybe they would when they had the money to secure the future of the family home that they both loved.Lisle had already had one accident – she had nearly drowned – and she would have others.A young woman was found head at the foot of a cliff, and a young man was charged with her murder. It seemed to be an open-and-shut case, but Lisle feared that it wasn’t.A newspaper report about the trial caught Miss Silver’s eye, she realised that it was very close to the young woman she had met on the train, and she decided that she had to investigate. She knew the local policeman from her days as a teacher – he had been one of her pupils – and so she asked him to recommend a local boarding house, and she told him a little of what Lisle had told her.It was lucky that she did, because Lisle really was in terrible danger.I found a great deal to like in this book.Lisle was more damsel in distress than heroine, but I understood the difficulty of the position she found herself in; with nobody outside the family circle to turn to, and not know who inside the family circle she might trust. I appreciated that she was young and inexperienced, that she coped with a great deal and that she found some courage when she most needed it.I was inclined to like her, and I found it easy to understand why she thought and acted as she did.I loved the echoes of Daphne Du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’ in Lisle’s situation; and the echoes of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple in Miss Silver’s relationship with ‘her’ policeman.The details of characters, clothes and settings were so well drawn, as they always are in Patricia Wentworth’s books, making this a lovely period piece.I continue to be impressed with Miss Silver’s knitting speed and prowess, and in this book I learned that she can crochet too!The dialogues between Lisle and Dale as he tried to make her understand why his family home was so important, and she stood her ground because she knew there were other things that mattered more, were wonderfully well done.The playing out of the story was so dramatic – a lovely mixture of the sensation novel and the golden age crime novel – and I was on the edge of my seat until the very end of the story.The ending that she chose made me realise that Patricia Wentworth had understood the psychology of her subject matter perfectly.The is definitely Miss Silver’s best case to date – though she wasn’t at the centre of the story she did have an important role to play – and it won’t be too long until I move on to the next one.

  • Sue Dix
    2019-02-08 13:48

    This is the second Miss Silver mystery that I have read and it was just as good as the first. This is a good old fashioned mystery series. At one point, quite a few of them had been on sale in an ebook format, and I bought them but hadn't read them, intending to fill in the gaps between those that had not been offered for sale. I like to read a series in order, but these are perfectly fine as stand alone reads. I like them so much, that I will likely buy and read the ones that I hadn't purchased the first time. Patricia Wentworth is a master of the mystery and I like the fact that the other characters in the book are so much in the forefront. It greatly adds to the interest of the stories. We don't see everything through the eyes of the detective, but through an omniscient narrator. I like the writing and descriptions and the time period. Good books.

  • John
    2019-02-18 20:08

    Miss Silver is on the train to London when she meets Lisle Jerningham, a beautiful young heiress, who while staying with friends overheard a conversation to the effect that her recently wed husband Dale, whose wealthy first wife Lydia died in an accident, thus giving him the use of her inheritance, might be planning a similar fate for her. Miss Silver gets most of the story out of her but, once the train reaches London, Lisle's inclined to poopoo the matter. The most that Miss Silver can do is insist that Lisle take her business card.Back at home in Dale's ancestral pile -- a money sink, and the reason why spousal fortunes come in so handy for him -- Lisle begins to feel more than ever like a square peg in a round hole. The only person there who seems to like her is Dale's cousin Rafe, but Rafe is such a flighty character that it's difficult to know how he's really feeling. Dale's other cousin, Alicia, whose rich husband died in an accident at about the same time that Lydia did, quite clearly hates her -- because, Rafe says, Alicia madly loves Dale and the two would have married years ago had the siren call of money not led them to different spouses.Already Lisle has nearly drowned in a situation where Dale could have saved her; luckily a passer-by came to the rescue. Now a local girl, who bears a passing resemblance to Lisle and to whom she has given a distinctive coat, is pushed off a cliff at dusk while wearing it.Miss Silver, reading about the crime in distant London, is driven frantic with worry. Luckily the investigating officer is an old school pupil of Miss Silver's, now a cop, Inspector March. With his agreement she gets a lodging locally, and begins to investigate . . .In reality, though, Miss Silver's role is peripheral to this tale. Her (and Inspector March's) investigation goes nowhere, and rightly so, because this novel is less of a mystery than it is a psychological thriller, following the naive Lisle as, far too susceptible to the highly manipulative Dale, she insists that all her doubts and fears must be unfounded and resolves to stand by her man, whatever happens. In the end she's saved partly because she has some steel in her after all but mostly because help arrives from an unexpected (to her) quarter. There's a mystery, yes, one that isn't resolved for us until near the end, but that resolution has nothing to do with Miss Silver's efforts.I was reminded, for obvious reasons, of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca in terms of the situation and Josephine Tey's Brat Farrar in terms of this being a psychological thriller that represses any use of cheap tricks in the ratcheting up of the tension, instead focusing more on the interplay of characters and the yearning of a central character to be loved for herself. Danger Point worked for me very effectively in this way.Time for a confession. I read a couple of the Patricia Wentworth/Maud Silver novels in my late teens or early twenties and despised them. I can't now remember why (or even if Danger Point was one of the two) -- maybe it was the character of Maud Silver, hardly the kind of role model a young male seeks, or maybe it was (to judge by this novel) their setting among the privileged -- but I found them dull to the point of direness and the antipathy was strong enough that it's taken me until now, perhaps half a century, to try Wentworth again.And I'm cursing myself for all the time I've wasted, because I thoroughly enjoyed this, romping through it at a great rate of knots, and will now, obviously, have to read me some more Wentworth. Somewhere down the line, I suppose, I'll have to retry Gladys Mitchell and/or Georgette Heyer, too, but (shuddering at the prospect, taking nervous pull from hipflask) . . . well, let's put it this way: Not Yet.=====This is a contribution to Rich Westlake’s 1941 roundup at his Past Offences site. Although Danger Point was first published in the UK in 1942 I'm assured by the fabulous folk at EuroCrime that it originally appeared, unusually, in the US earlier than in the UK: in 1941 as In the Balance.

  • Ivonne Rovira
    2019-02-17 14:06

    The Danger Point begins in the most delightful way, with the inimitable Miss Maud Silver bumping into a distraught Lisle Jerningham on a London-bound train. A dazed Mrs. Jerningham, a newlywed and heiress, has stumbled onto the possibility that her husband, Dale, might be seeking to kill her. It's a fantastical notion -- too fantastical to be true. Or is it?But the novel, the fourth in the Miss Silver series, doesn't live up to that auspicious beginning. Miss Silver barely plays a role in solving the crime, and Lisle Jerningham proves to be such a fatalistic milquetoast that one hardly cares about her fate. After all, why should we care more about whether she lives or dies than she apparently does?A bad Patricia Wentworth novel is better than a lot of other authors' best effort, but The Danger Point is definitely not up to the usual standard of a Wentworth mystery. This is definitely no The Chinese Shawl, Latter End or Anna Where Are You?. You can skip this one with no regrets.

  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    2019-02-06 21:13

    4 STARS Miss. Silver is on the train returning from her holiday with her niece when a young lady stumbles into her compartment. Right away she can tell the young girl is afraid of something and tries to get her to open up. The young woman, Lisle overheard some women gossiping about her husband. His wealthy first wife's death may have not have been accident and now that his estate is in jeopardy again will Lisle be next? A predictable but engaging mystery. Like in Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca the new bride is frightened into thinking her husband is the killer of his first wife. And, also like in Rebecca you will be at the edge of your seat wondering if the husband is misunderstood or a monster.

  • Minrain
    2019-01-24 13:45

    This story is outrageously annoying really .I just don't get it why Lisle behaves time and again so foolishly and unfortunately till the very last moment when her husband shows his true color .Even after seeing her husband kiss someone else would not convince her what she is afraid to believe .I almost flickered through the book in the middle part of the story to make myself less furious ...Speechless .... But maybe lisle is too innocent. Or naive .... Anyway not this one .I did enjoy several books written by Wentworth but not this one

  • Learnin Curve
    2019-02-01 20:54

    It's a very uncomfortable read and very much before it's time. I've read books from this era that contain abusive husbands before, but it's usually the nasty landlord who uses his fists or guarded hints about horrible old peer who no one likes and ends up with a knife in his back by chapter two. This is different, it's about the upper classes and a emotionally abusive husband. It's well written and the subject is handled beautifully, but may be too raw for a lot of readers.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-01-26 19:52

    Danger Point (Miss Silver #4), Patricia Wentworth

  • Derk
    2019-02-22 19:10

    2.5 stars. This is the 3rd Wentworth book I've read and the poorest of the three; the other 2 were from later in the series.

  • Mary
    2019-02-01 14:00

    Maybe not quite as good as the first 3 in the series, but still good. I wish the protagonist, Lisle, had been a little sharper, a little feistier. She was so afraid at times and yet refused to act on her fear or do anything much to protect herself. One of the things I really like about the series is that Miss Silver is an actual private investigator and not an interfering busybody who just happens to come across dead bodies with alarming regularity.

  • Rebecca
    2019-02-19 16:10

    Young and wealthy Lisle Journingham thinks her husband may be trying to kill her, because she doesn't want her money to go to the continual upkeep of the vast family mansion. She's had two accidents already, and now a young girl has been killed--a girl wearing a coat Lisle had just given her. Miss Silver advises Lisle to change her will at once, and let everyone know she's done it. Is there any chance Lisle will actually grow a spine and do it?Not one of my favorites, because I had trouble feeling any sympathy for the world's most passive and limp heroine. I mean, seriously. You know your husband is trying to kill you, yet when he urges you to sneak out of the house at night and meet him at a dangerous and secluded place on the beach, you say, "Of course darling. Whatever you want," and go! Argh. I know that being pathetic doesn't mean she deserves to die, but she did everything in her power to help it along. Oh well. At least this time the bully was the bad guy and not the romantic hero, as often happens in Wentworth. And at least Lisle did throw herself from an out of control car rather than die a fiery death, but that's probably only because her husband hadn't told her not to. Why does no one ever listen to Miss Silver?

  • Ann
    2019-01-25 14:06

    This is not one of Patricia Wentworth's better Miss Silver mysteries. Usuallly, I enjoy these very British mysteries in which retired governess Miss Maud Silver uses her listening skills and inconspicuous appearance to elicit information from people whose lives have been touched by crime. But this one had no plot whatsoever : in chapter 1 Miss SIlver encounters a young woman, Lisle, who is in a state of shock after overhearing some gossip that her new husband might have had a hand in his first wife's death and that her own death would be very convenient for him. Well -spoiler alert!- at the end of the book it turns out that her husband was indeed trying to kill her. Miss Silver barely appears in the book, and has no role whatsoever in the denouement.I gave the book two stars because despite its deficiencies as a mystery, the book is a lovely period piece. As always with Patricia Wentworth, interiors, houses, landscapes are lovingly described. The book does draw you into the lifestyle of the British gentry before WWII, complete with tea parties on the lawn, faithful servants etcetera

  • Sep
    2019-02-08 15:13

    I read this book under the title (published in 1941 on war time cheap paper) "In the Balnce." Miss Silver and Inspector March make some background efforts to solve the mystery, but it is one of the suspects who saves the day. The heroine is pretty much in shock for most of the book. Understandable, as we watch her world dissolve to a point where death seems a welcome relief. Fortunately, this is a Wentworth where there is rarely, if ever, an ending where a murderer goes either uncaught or unpunished.

  • Susan
    2019-02-22 14:01

    Have now read 5 of these Miss Silver books. Reading out of order because I had to wait for ILL to arrive. This has been the least satisfactory in terms of how spineless and weak Lisle the heroine/intended victim was. Still, ended up enjoying for the second case of Miss Silver working with her former young charge Randal March who is now a policeman and trying to use the new technology of fingerprinting off fabric. Set in 1939 England.

  • S Dizzy
    2019-02-23 18:48

    "Does a man suddenly become a murderer, or has the cold, ruthless streak been there always? If you matter too much to yourself, if your possessions matter too much, then other people's interests, other people's lives, may come to matter so little that they can be sacrificed without a qualm." This story was sort of intense. I'm on to the next in the series.

  • Melinda
    2019-02-22 15:01

    Really sad that some people cannot love others only things and themselves. I wonder if it is impossible for a sociopath to love anyone.

  • Catrinka
    2019-02-08 14:10

    Generally, I like the Miss Silver mystery series when I'm in the mood for a lighter, more cozy-type mystery. Because of the era in which they were authored, I sometimes find it either comical or annoying in how some women are depicted as subservient airheads (not Miss Silver, though!). Still, I enjoy most of them and I recognize that this was likely the norm of the culture back in the 1930s. This particular installment, Danger Point, was one that drove me crazy and I almost didn't bother to finish it (and it's REALLY hard for me to not finish a book). The threatened heroine was such a foolish milquetoast who reacted so inappropriately to everything that I found her completely unlikable. The actions and attitudes of family and friends surrounding her were so "off" that they seemed unlikely, too. I ended up finishing it, but IMO it was far from the typical enjoyable storyline in other Miss Silver books.

  • Katie Hilton
    2019-01-31 20:57

    This is a very good, early Patricia Wentworth mystery involving Miss Silver. In this novel, Miss Silver encounters a deeply troubled young woman who believes she is a target of assassination. But she won't engage Miss Silver or the police, so she remains in danger. Miss Silver tries to advise her, while working with the investigator when a woman wearing the target's coat is thrown off a cliff. It's a very good read.

  • Regan
    2019-02-14 21:07

    Not one of Wentworth's best. For the part Miss Silver paid she might as well of not spent the train fare to Ledlington....or however you spell the town. I figured out who the killer was from the beginning....and the subject of the will and Miss Silver's suggestion about it is in another of the Miss Silver books.

  • Judy
    2019-02-13 18:12

    I have to agree with other reviewers who say that the main character (and would-be murder victim) is less than appealing as she can barely be troubled to save herself. But, the creepy atmosphere of the novel drew me in, and some of the other characters are more interesting. The resolution may be a bit too pat, but it's still a good story.

  • Margie Dorn
    2019-02-10 18:54

    Story held my attention most of the way, but I was disappointed by the really clumsy way she brought it to a solution. These books are really an attempt to recreate Miss Marple. Fine for a couple hours of escape when you don't want to read something heavy.

  • Andrea
    2019-02-08 21:49

    Best on yet of the series

  • Denise Kearney
    2019-02-17 14:45

    I Books title this book"In the Balance" $1.99- Early Bird Books. I wish the Miss Silver character would have had a larger part in this story .

  • Catherijn
    2019-01-28 21:13

    Puzzling. Why put a detective in a story if the detective doesn't actually DO anything in the plot?

  • Allison Henle
    2019-02-23 18:07

    It's not really much of a mystery, and the primary viewpoint character is such a drip that I kept hoping another viewpoint character might be introduced.