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She had trembled. She had laughed her shaky little laugh. And she had vanished into thin air.
And the door was locked on the inside.
When young Anthony Colstone inherits Stonegate from his grandfather’s cousin, he hardly expects to be haunted by death. Why had Sir Jervis wanted him to promise never to move the ancient megalithic stones and why did no one even know how many there were? Surely old Susan Bowyer knows—she is nearly one hundred and she knows everything about the village. And perhaps her great-granddaughter, Susan, knows something, at one moment a shy village maid, the next a sophisticated young woman.
Then one night a wall in the queer old library moves and Anthony finds himself on the trail of a mystery exceeding his wildest imagining. Mystery, adventure, and romance combine in Patricia Wentworth’s most sparkling manner.
The Coldstone was originally published in 1930. This new edition features an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.
“When I pick up a book by Patricia Wentworth I think, now to enjoy myself—and I always do.” Mary Dell, Daily Mirror
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Patricia Wentworth was born Dora Amy Elles in India in 1877 (not 1878 as has sometimes been stated). She was first educated privately in India, and later at Blackheath School for Girls. Her first husband was George Dillon, with whom she had her only child, a daughter. She also had two stepsons from her first marriage, one of whom died in the Somme during World War I.
Her first novel was published in 1910, but it wasn’t until the 1920’s that she embarked on her long career as a writer of mysteries. Her most famous creation was Miss Maud Silver, who appeared in 32 novels, though there were a further 33 full-length mysteries not featuring Miss Silver—the entire run of these is now reissued by Dean Street Press.
Patricia Wentworth died in 1961. She is recognized today as one of the pre-eminent exponents of the classic British golden age mystery novel.
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Book Description London, UK: White Lion, 1974, 1st White Lion Edition, First Printing, London, England, 1974. Hard Cover. Condition: Near Fine (see description). Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+ (see description). Uncredited Cover Art (illustrator). First Printing. ----------hardcover, a Near Fine copy in a lightly rubbed Very Good+ price clipped dustjacket, a bit of sunning to the spine, by the author of the MISS SILVER mysteries, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo. Not Signed. Seller Inventory # 156692
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1942. Red Cloth. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Reprint. Yellowjacket edition, in red blind embossed cloth, variant without red endpapers. Wrapper tight with scrunched patch at base of rear panel, torn chip 1-inch at base of front panel, cornerwear and darkened but quite pleasing overall. Publishers 2/6 sticker placed over 3/6 on spine. No date, but inscribed 1942 on inner board under DJ flap. Boards straight and unfaded, minor corner bumps, name on inside board. Insides clean and free of insc, no foxing. 319pp. Size: 12mo. Seller Inventory # 018339