Miss Silver helps a woman with no memory reconstruct a terrible crime.
She awakes in a dark place. A young woman with a shattered memory, she knows neither who she is nor how she came to be in this abandoned house. All she possesses is a faint sense that someone is lying dead at the foot of the stairs. Horrifyingly, she is correct. In the cellar lies a young woman, her body broken, her head split, her life undone by a revolver’s shell. The amnesiac flees and finally has a stroke of luck: She meets Maud Silver.
A dowdy governess turned daring detective, Miss Silver sees immediately that something is wrong. She comforts the confused young woman, and coaxes out of her what little story she can tell. The memory of the body sets Miss Silver on a fantastic adventure—the last written by Patricia Wentworth, and one of the most thrilling of them all.
©1961 Patricia Wentworth (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
"Not this cozy author's best; maybe, worst"
Patricia Wentworth has become a favorite of mine, since I discovered her Miss Silver books at audible. Diana Bishop, the narrator throughout the series, is, in my mind Miss Silver. Here as always, Ms Bishop gives her best. But the tedium of the material let's her down.
As I see it, here are 2 problems with 'Girl..'. First, far too much time is spent inside Ann's-the protagonist's- mind; and, as Ann is suffering from near total amnesia, time spent amongst her thoughts is necessarily arid and repetitive. To paraphrase: She didn't know where she was or how she came to be there or where she had come from or why or even... Some of this is necessary, granted. But it never lets up, and the smallest details are examined in brain-numbing detail. Second, and far worse, Miss Silver seems little more than a tag along in this particular story- I don't recall she had opportunity to 'cough' more than once or twice, so brief was her appearance. Though I usually find her peculiar governing tic annoying and bordering on the tubercular, I admit to almost missing it in this story.
I hope this is no one's first visit with this able detective; there are many, many better offerings with Miss Silver in proper charge.
"Unusual Mystery Plot"
I really like Patricia Wentworth's books.....this story had an unusual plot and was certainly believable. Since she wrote over 30 "Miss Silver" mysteries I have a lot of listening pleasure ahead of me. The narrator was excellent. Ready for my next "read" with audible.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.