Case of William Smith

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The Case of William Smith (Miss Silver #13), Patricia WentworthPopular Case of William Smith By Patricia Wentworth is a Ebook Originally published in 1948, this Miss Silver mystery centers around a man who lost his memory in the war His true identity doesn t concern him until strange accidents begin happening all around him He then decides to hire Miss Silver to investigate his earlier life to see if an old enemy is out to harm him.. Patricia Wentworth born Dora Amy Elles was a British crime fiction writer.She was educated privately and at Blackheath High School in London After the death of her first husband, George F Dillon, in 1906, she settled in Camberley, Surrey She married George Oliver Turnbull in 1920 and they had one daughter.She wrote a series of 32 classic style whodunnits featuring Miss Silver, the first of which was published in 1928, and the last in 1961, the year of her death Miss Silver, a retired governess turned private detective, is sometimes compared to Jane Marple, the elderly detective created by Agatha Christie She works closely with Scotland Yard, especially Inspector Frank Abbott and is fond of quoting the poet Tennyson Wentworth also wrote 34 books outside of that series.. Bestseller Books Case of William Smith I started reading this…My laundry didn’t get done… dirty dishes sat in the sink… we had grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner.I was a very happy camper… my husband, not so much.

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    Patricia Wentworth born Dora Amy Elles was a British crime fiction writer.She was educated privately and at Blackheath High School in London After the death of her first husband, George F Dillon, in 1906, she settled in Camberley, Surrey She married George Oliver Turnbull in 1920 and they had one daughter.She wrote a series of 32 classic style whodunnits featuring Miss Silver, the first of which was published in 1928, and the last in 1961, the year of her death Miss Silver, a retired governess turned private detective, is sometimes compared to Jane Marple, the elderly detective created by Agatha Christie She works closely with Scotland Yard, especially Inspector Frank Abbott and is fond of quoting the poet Tennyson Wentworth also wrote 34 books outside of that series.

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  • I started reading this My laundry didn t get done dirty dishes sat in the sink we had grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner.I was a very happy camper my husband, not so much.


  • I was feeling very tired, so I knelt down to the W section of my bookcase always a bit dangerous, due to the chance of kneeling on a shell or marble rolled there by kittenly paws and hauled out a handful of Patricia Wentworth whodunnits This is one of the touching ones, where a love posted as missing in the war returns and the relationship was nicely drawn, moving without being mawkish This is a device Wentworth uses in several books, and it leaves me wondering if it did happen with reasonable f [...]



  • Excellent story and I raced through it in one evening Five stars worth of entertainment, but I took off a star for view spoiler too many coincidences hide spoiler.William Smith woke up in a German hospital during WWII with no memory of his previous life He spent the rest of the war in a concentration camp, where he learned to carve wood from a fellow prisoner.Years later he is working in a toy shop, carving and selling fantastical creations A young woman walks into the shop, looking for a job, a [...]


  • When Wentworth is revealing that one of her Evil Women is Evil, at least half of the time it s by having their genteel accent slip to reveal the commoner within.Otherwise, this is a nice, satisfying tale of a man with a missing memory, and a whole series of accidents.



  • This may have been my favorite Miss Silver so far It is an intricate, layered mystery revealed cleverly piece by piece without any secret information kept back from the reader and no special dramatic last minute appearance or confession needed to solve it tidily, problems I have encountered in other Miss Silver books Of course I have always been oddly intrigued by stories involving amnesia so I was predisposed to like this one And there is a lovely sweet romance as usual Good stuff


  • One of the best Miss Silver crime novels A toy making ex WWII with no memory of his identity falls for the woman who takes a job in the workshop Who is he Who is she Why are lives at risk You need Sgt Abbott and Miss Maud Silver to answer that.Some really good twists, some forebodings are realised, others not But which Good understanding of character, people you care about Good villains Solution neatly deduced from information winkled out.Great stuff


  • The best of the Wentworth books I have read I am a sucker for cool love stories and this is a cool love story.Not a bad mystery either, although the deal of a guy with amnesia is a bit well worn.However this has LOVELY villains Who can resist And Miss Silver beats Miss Marple by several milesIMHO


  • I liked this one quite a bit Wentworth does an excellent job of mixing up some of her tropes, and while the antagonist is obvious fairly early on, their identity is not really the mystery the mystery lies in view spoiler William Smith s identity, the motivations of Emily Salt, and to what extent his family is conspiring against him rather than it being just the work of the obvious evil secretary hide spoiler Wentworth brings all of these pieces together nicely, and her heroine is intelligent and [...]


  • My favorite Miss Silver book ever William returns to England after World War II without any memory before 1942 He eventually gets hired at Tattlecombe s Toy Bazaar He has created some charming wooden animals He is likable and his creations are successful His boss begins to consider William a stand in for his late grandson Then one day Katharine Eversley walks into the store looking for a job After one look, William left temporarily in charge is smitten and hires her Then, attempts on William s l [...]


  • Enjoyed this one A prisoner of war comes out of a concentration camp with a new name, and a lack of memory of who he was before he was injured and captured He comes back to London, establishes beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is not the man whose dog tags he was wearing He has a skill making wooden toys, and gets a job with a toymaker in London And one day a young woman walks in and asks for a job and he falls in love Meanwhile, accidents start happening in one case, he is hit on the head when [...]


  • Patricia Wentworth is a writer of crime novels featuring an Edwardian style governess turned professional detective called Miss Silver who is a little like Agatha Christie s Miss Jane Marple There is always a love interest as well Her books are comforting hot water bottle fiction of a bygone age early 20th Century Britain always easy to read, and usually quickly forgettable But generally with a good mix of characters.This story of this book is a little less credible than her others.


  • Nice cozy mystery I hadn t read any Miss Silver books Not really my cup of tea exactly but this one had an interesting plot invloving a man who lost his memory in a WW2 concentration camp and came back to England and made a new life Eventually he happens by chance to encounter people he knew in the previoius life and winds up falling in love with the same woman as before Then his meomory is restored while he deals with a plot on his life.


  • What a charming little mystery A young man loses his memory in WWI A family business in on the brink of ruin Strange accidents happen Meet Miss Silver, a former governess turned detective who calls herself a enquiry agent.








  • One of the few Miss Silver mysteries I hadn t already read I love these books, even though it is perfectly obvious from the beginning who is good and who is bad.




  • Where we re told just how Miss Silver and Miss Marple manage to get so much information just by quietly knitting Scotland Yard s Frank Abbott asks her How did you find out that the way to make people talk is to sit there knitting and make them feel everything is save as houses and it doesn t matter what they say And I learned a new word, defalcations Wartime memory loss, family identity and inheritance and the struggle of the young and in love are all the ingredients of a fine Miss Silver myster [...]


  • I ve now read 19 of the 32 Miss Silver mysteries This is the 13th in the series They are all pleasant cozy reads, with different plots and new personalities for Miss Silver to observe and analyze, but other than giving a synopsis of the plot, it is hard to give a meaningful review of each one It does seem that each one has at least one really disagreeable character that either becomes the victim of murder or turns out to be the perpetrator, and in a way that makes them satisfying Patricia Wentwo [...]


  • Of the 20th century English queens of crime fiction, Dorothy L Sayers is frequently held out as stylistically the best writer I don t necessarily agree, believing that she gets that praise just because she s better than Christie although Christie s novels have their merits However, on the evidence of this Patricia Wentworth book I d say she tops both of her famous counterparts.Her character is Miss Silver, a very Miss Marple esque figure these two spinsters actually first appeared within months [...]


  • Early Bird Books Deal After slogging through several of Wentworth s later Miss Silver novels, this comparatively early one was a welcome return to form Some genuinely sympathetic characters here, and several were nearly three dimensional, being weak instead of evil or righteous instead of nasty There was also dramatic tension than is usual in this series, since despite Wentworth always letting her romances end happily I still found myself uncertain if the world would fall down around our hero a [...]


  • Post war trauma reduced many men but it this case it left William Smith only the memory he awoke with in a German hospital in 1942 He had an ID that was clearly not his own but it was all he had Tracking forward to find any family he discovered no one who recognized him Having spent the final war years in a POW camp he sought out family members of men who had died while in prison This had provided work eventually and a home with a semblance of connection to prewar times William Smith now designe [...]


  • Excellent Don t Miss this Romantic Suspense Ms Wentworth is at the top of her game with this tale which begins in a Nazi concentration camp but quickly moves to a few years after the war Don t read too much about the novel ahead of time spoilers in the About this book description will dull your enjoyment of all the twists and turns As always, Wentworth did a wonderful job crafting a completely likable hero and heroine pair for us to worry about and cheer on It s on my read again list.


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