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By Patricia Wentworth | Comments: ( 105 ) | Date: ( Jan 28, 2020 )

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


  • Title: The Case of William Smith
  • Author: Patricia Wentworth
  • ISBN: 9780340689738
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Patricia Wentworth

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.



Comments The Case of William Smith

  • Mo

    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.


  • Marsali Taylor

    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 reason [...]


  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Case of William Smith (Miss Silver #13), Patricia Wentworth


  • Amanda

    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 [...]


  • Andrea

    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.


  • Niki

    excellent plot - one of the best miss silver's enquiries I read up to now


  • Anna

    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!


  • John Frankham

    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!


  • Sara

    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


  • Bryn (Plus Others)

    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 intel [...]


  • Sep

    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 [...]


  • Melissa

    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 h [...]


  • Franziska Self fisken

    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.


  • Bill Hopkins

    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.


  • Diana Petty-stone

    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.


  • Mary Sue

    This is the 13th Miss Silver mystery I have read and my absolute favorite!


  • Sherry

    One of my favorites of series! Lots of suspects & Miss Silver early in the book!


  • Fiona Marsden

    My favourite by this author.


  • Nancy

    A 3.5


  • Shelly

    3.5 starsLiked this one. Good twists, mystery. Enjoyed the time period. Wentworth's Miss Silver is almost on a par with Christie's Miss Marple!


  • Mizloo

    A favorite of mine. The names of the animal toys are charming, and the eccentric characters are amusing.


  • Jennifer

    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.”


  • Melanie

    Good book.


  • Kay

    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 S [...]


  • Sally

    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 We [...]


  • F.R.

    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 more famous counterparts.Her character is Miss Silver, a very Miss Marple-esque figure (these two spinsters actually fi [...]


  • Robyn

    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 more 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 [...]


  • Nicole

    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 de [...]


  • Evelyn Brooks

    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.


  • Malaussène

    Trois étoiles et pas quatre car je suis réellement rentrée dans l'histoire vers la p.150. Assez long au démarrage; pas mal de personnages avec des liens divers et variés et l'enquête met du temps à se mettre en place, mais, à partir de l'intervention de Miss Silver une dynamique de narration se met en place et il devient difficile de s'arrêter de lire. Un petit peu dans le style qu'adoptera plus tard Agatha Christie, avec un(e) détective génie qui finit par démêler toutes les incoh [...]


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