Who was William Smith? And why was Mavis Jones so horrified to see him? For seven years William had worked as a woodcarver for the local toyshop, ignorant of his true identity. The war had robbed him of his memory, and no one expected him to ever find the answer. So when he took his work to Evesleys Ltd, why was his life instantly in danger? When William makes the frightening discovery that there are people determined not to let his memory return whatever the cost, Miss Silver is called in to investigate. But will she uncover their treachery before Mavis strikes again...?
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This is my favorite Miss Silver so far, and I've listened to a bunch of them. "William Smith" comes back from World War II with a head injury that left him with no memory of who he actually is. The ID tags thrust on him in Germany gave him a name, but it's clear (because of class issues, as always in classical British mysteries) he is not the William Smith of the tag. This psychological mystery is surprisingly creepy as William gradually recovers his memory, the moment of truth playing out in a sort of mental time travel back and forth for hours that gave me goosebumps -- very effective writing. The episode of the apple honey gift was also creepy and suspenseful. This is a complex and tightly plotted mystery.
Miss Silver helps out because her upper-class policeman, Frank Abbott, actually knows our William ---- but can't remember his name. And because for no obvious reason, somebody keeps trying to kill him, over and over, too often succeeding with other victims by mistake. William Smith is a charming and responsible young man with a lot of talent, and a new girlfriend who teams up with him surprisingly quickly --- but who is he, really? Miss Silver will help him find out.
love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.
I really enjoyed this unusual plot line. Great narrator . Looking forward to the next "Miss Silver" mystery.
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