The Case of William Smith, Paperback Book
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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...?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages, n/a
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780340689738

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In 1942, a British soldier is released from a German hospital under the name William Smith, with no memory of his previous life. Upon his release from a concentration camp after the war, all he is able to discover is that he is certainly not William Smith. He settles into a new life as William Smith, and lives peacefully for several years, until attempts are made on his life.I enjoyed reading this, as I always enjoy Miss Silver mysteries, but there were a couple of things that bothered me. William Smith spends much of the war in a concentration camp, but seems to suffer no lasting damage from the experience. In fact, although Patricia Wentworth goes out of her way to describe the horrible conditions of the camp, no one ever mentions it again afterwards. Also, the way that a murder is hushed up as a suicide by the police in order to save some good people from scandal seems quite bizarre and unlikely.Despite those things, the characters are likable, the plot is reasonably suspenseful, and the middle-class social scene of post-war England is as soothing as ever.

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