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Patricia Wentworth as born in Musoorie, India in 1878 and educated privately, and at the Blackheath High School for Girls in London Her birth name was Dora Amy Elles. She married twice and had one daughter with her second husband, Lt. Col. George Oliver Turnbull, who assisted her in preparing her manuscripts for publication. She had 3 stepsons. After 1920, Wentworth lived in Surrey, and beginning in 1923, produced novels at a steady rate. She died in 1961.
Her first novel, 'A Marriage under the Terror' was published in 1910, her last in 1961. A writer mainly of mystery and detective novels, she is probably best-known for her creation of Miss Maud Silver, a character spanning more than 30 years. Thirty-two of Wentworth's seventy-one novels feature governess-turned-detective Miss Maud Silver, who first appeared in Grey Mask (1928). Wentworth excelled in the cozy mystery novel. Miss Silver has great knowledge of human nature having been a school teacher for many years. Tight plots, a conventional world, and an unassuming, genteel detective make Wentworth's novels interesting and timely seven decades after the series began.
• Nancy Blue Wynne, Patricia Wentworth Revisited, Armchair Detective 14, no. 1 (1981): 90–92.
• Virginia S. Hale, Patricia Wentworth, in Great Women Mystery Writers, ed. Kathleen Gregory Klein (1994).