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Silver, Maud. Maud Silver was created by Patricia Wentworth (Inspector Ernest Lamb, Benbow Smith) and appeared in thirty-three novels from 1928 through 1961, beginning with Grey Mask.
"Maudie" Silver is a Spinster Detective. She is a retired governess who lives on a small, fixed income in a tidy flat in London. Some time previously she grew tired of her shabby lifestyle and of depending on gifts of clothing from her niece and decided to become a private detective. Now she has a considerable reputation. Even Scotland Yard investigators, like Inspector Ernest Lamb, are unashamed to openly ask for her help. She is a "little person with no features, no complexion, and a great deal of tidy mouse-coloured hair done in a large bun at the back of her head." She relies on logic, rather than intuition, to solve her cases. She also knits.
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