Anne Jocelyn was beautiful, wealthy, charming and spoilt to the core. She was also killed on a beach in Brittany early in the war. Her estranged husband inherited her money and, three years later, is planning marriage once again. So when Anne arrives at the family home unannounced, having at last escaped Nazi-occupied France, it is a terrible shock. It is even more shocking when a woman close to her is found murdered….
©1948 Patricia Wentworth (P)2011 Isis Publishing Ltd
This is a wonderful example of Patricia Wentworth's mysteries, and very well performed by Diana Bishop. While it is not her usual country house mystery, it is reminiscent of her early romantic adventure novels, with a murder added in to increase the intrigue. I really enjoyed it.
Only recently discovered this author and am really delighted with all the books I have read or listened to so far - this one is no different. In fact, the twist at the end was most unexepcted and strayed a long way from the usual formula of the murder mystery stories one reads.
The books written in the Miss Silver series are set in England in the early 1900s and the language used and descriptions of the the houses and panorama set the scene beautifully.
I would recommend this author to anyone who loves a good murder mystery in the classic style. I hope audible manage to publish the rest of the series soon ...!
Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
The Traveller Returns, published in 1945, is the ninth Miss Silver book. In this book a woman, believed to have died on the beach in France while attempting to escape from the Gestapo four years earlier, turns up at her home in England recounting her experiences in hiding with a French family and explaining that the woman who was killed was her almost identical cousin. She convinces her wealthy family of her identity and assumes her position as lady of the manor.
But then things start to happen --a woman is killed, conversations are overheard -- and it's not so certain. Is she who she claims? Or isn't she? Miss Silver's appearances in this book are fairly minimal, but she does provide important input to allow the police to tie up loose ends.
As usual, Diana Bishop narrates the story extremely well and greatly adds to the atmosphere of this story.
Even with the reduced presence of Miss Silver, this story is interesting and entertaining. It is well worth your time.
A good story, with a bit of Miss Silver thrown in, but The Traveller Returns comes to a disappointing conclusion. It is hard to discuss the story without giving away something-there are plenty of intriguing twists and turns to keep the reader interested-but the revelation of the villain is underwhelming and forced. The story merits only three stars because of that. I enjoyed the WWII setting and period details. An old fashioned mystery in the best sense.
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