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Patricia Wentworth
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The Traveller Returns (Miss Silver #9)

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  484 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
also published as The Traveller Returns

Assumed dead, Lady Anne Jocelyn meets varying degrees of welcome when she returns from Occupied France to her old life in England. Though her husband Sir Philip is not overjoyed to see her, he agrees to a trial reunion. But a murder raises his doubts, and then a second and third send Miss Silver to a curious consideration of life afte
Hardcover, Large Print, 385 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Evans Brothers (first published 1945)
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Sep 30, 2014 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I've now read 19 of the 32 Miss Silver mysteries. This is the 9th 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 Wen ...more
Feb 14, 2014 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-british
I enjoyed this mystery. It features armchair sleuth, Miss Maude Silver. It's the second of this series I've read and I enjoyed this one more than the first. It was an interesting storyline; set during WWII, Richard Jocelyn's wife has returned from the dead. Is it a case of mistaken identity? That is to be resolved. Throw - in possible Nazi spies, murders, while it's not full of action, the mystery is interesting and there is an ongoing undercurrent of menace and threat. Maude Silver is a retired ...more
Jul 21, 2012 Rebekah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this tight little mystery. It is classic Agatha Christie era with loads of background and character development in the first half and everyone seeming to have a motive. It takes place towards the end of WWII where the Germans appear to have essentially lost but there's still spies and the killing blow has not yet been dealt.

The author doesn't leave you pondering and guessing as long as some might. It seemed I no sooner asked a question that the author answered it. That was good and bad a
Feb 02, 2011 Scilla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne Jocelyn was shot by the Germans at Breton near the start of WWII, and carried off by her husband Philip. Three and a half years later, she returns to London and her former home. Her husband, who was working with British secret service, had buried her, and was in love with another woman, immediately calls her Annie Joyce, a first cousin of his wife who looked a lot like her. After a family council which appears to recognize Anne, and after she has given Philip some information he believes no ...more
Feb 15, 2012 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Wartime London. The wealthy Jocelyn family is shocked by the appearance of a young woman claiming to be Anne Jocelyn, who was presumed shot during the evacuation of France three years earlier. Her own husband, Sir Philip, is less than enthousiastic to see his "wife" reappear after he had seen her buried- or so he thought. Part of his reluctance may be due to the fact that he has fallen in love with Lyn, and part of it may have to do with the fact that Anne's death made a nice fortune available t ...more
Aug 07, 2011 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sir Philip Jocelyn lost his wife in a flight from the oncoming German armies during the collapse of France. The death of Lady Jocelyn is an accepted thing. To see her walk into the ancestral home years later, with a tale of illness in a concentration camp, is extremely disrupting. Sir Philip states categorically that the woman is instead his wife's first cousin, from an illegitimate family line. Is it what he really thinks, or is it just that he wants to marry someone else? How far would he go t ...more
Jun 16, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting mystery, almost as interesting for the WWII setting (the book was published in 1945) as for the puzzle itself. But it was a pretty good puzzle too! Wentworth reminds me a lot of Christie, and her Miss Silver could definitely hold her in own in knitting contest (or a detecting contest) with Miss Marple.
Allison Henle
Mar 13, 2015 Allison Henle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite in the Miss Silver series, but still a fun read for a rainy afternoon. The heroine is particularly scatter-brained in this one.
Sep 06, 2015 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Other than writing "she coughed" far too many times, it was pretty good for the time. Just not my cup of tea.
Dec 08, 2015 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susan by: Oyster
Shelves: mysteries
Anne Jocelyn, reported killed in Occupied France, returns to her English home, family, husband and fortune, but no one is glad to see her except a young cousin. And is Anne who she claims to be, just changed by her wartime experiences? Private investigator Miss Silver sorts it all out—mystery, murder and espionage. Unfortunately, at one key point, the heroine acts so implausibly, her unbelievable action undermines the very clever plot twist that follows.
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She Came Back (Miss Silver #9), Patricia Wentworth
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Sep 21, 2010 Rachel Piper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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Dec 05, 2012 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Denise by: Deidre
Shelves: mystery
The Miss Silver mysteries were written in the late 40s/early 50s. They are set in England and written in a Miss Marple/Agatha Christy style. I like them. My sister gave me about a dozen, which I will happily read, but will not enter a separate review for each of them -- this is it!
another great Miss Silver mystery, though Miss S doesn't play a huge part in this book! I so enjoy the fact that there is no sex, no violence, no foul language, but instead a PLOT! yes, I kid you not, a real plot with fleshed-out characters! can't wait to start the next book of hers
Yorky Caz
Aug 03, 2010 Yorky Caz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would recommend these books to anyone especially those who are a fan of Agatha Christie, Miss Silver is a great character im not sure if I maybe like her a little better than Miss Marple!!! Shhhh dont tell anyone!
Jan 16, 2008 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patricia Wentworth books usually have a good mystery and a satisfying romance, with a few shady characters and a case of amnesia thrown in the mix. Not great literature, but an entertaining and clean quick read.
Jul 06, 2008 CLM rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite identity/impersonation novels although it was the first Patricia Wentworth I ever read and I did not appreciate it right away. Later I became a huge fan of her mysteries.
My first Miss Silver novel. Very good but somewhat dated (written in the 40s). Still, a solid mystery with interesting characters.
Apr 13, 2015 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This book started out interesting but fizzled out when it got to the spy ring stuff. I've never been a fan of those storylines.
Feb 28, 2013 kami rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed that. Now off to see whether I can find the rest of the set which I know has been lurking in the house for years.
Not much mention of Miss Silver through most of the book, but still interesting, with some fun twists in the plot.
Nice gentle story in the lines of Miss Marple mysteries. Good audio book with good narrator.
Jan 07, 2013 Lbaker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-classic
I adore Miss Silver mysteries - a kinder, gentler murder!
Aug 04, 2012 Ann is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Also published under the Traveller Returns...
Apr 12, 2014 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A good mystery, but a little creepy.
Mar 12, 2009 Deena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, vintage
Enh... not great.
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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 wh
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Miss Silver (1 - 10 of 32 books)
  • Grey Mask (Miss Silver, #1)
  • The Case Is Closed (Miss Silver, #2)
  • Lonesome Road (Miss Silver, #3)
  • Danger Point (Miss Silver, #4)
  • The Chinese Shawl (Miss Silver, #5)
  • Miss Silver Deals With Death (Miss Silver, #6)
  • The Clock Strikes Twelve (Miss Silver, #7)
  • The Key (Miss Silver, #8)
  • Pilgrim's Rest (Miss Silver, #10)
  • Latter End (Miss Silver, #11)

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