The Traveller Returns
Patricia Wentworth
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The Traveller Returns (Miss Silver #9)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  265 ratings  ·  21 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...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 385 pages
Published by Curly Large Print (first published 1945)
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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
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
Wentworth's strengths include multiple motives, large casts of characters, lots of period detail, and the ever-reassuring presence of Miss Silver. Maud Silver, retired governess, dowdy to the max and perpetually knitting, always makes sense of minutiaie with her retentive mind and formidable intelligence. This is the ninth book in the series (32 books written from 1928 to 1961) and is set squarely in the mid-1940s. It's as reliable a read as the other books in the series, but does have a profoun...more
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
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...more
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
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Dec 05, 2012 Denise rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Denise by: Deidre
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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
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!
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.
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.
Elke Kleutghen
rainy sundayafternoon reading. She is the contemporary of Agatha Christie, but lacks in style. Miss Silver is even slightely annoying. (have a Dutch version only)
My first Miss Silver novel. Very good but somewhat dated (written in the 40s). Still, a solid mystery with interesting characters.
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.
I adore Miss Silver mysteries - a kinder, gentler murder!
Aug 04, 2012 Ann is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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A good mystery, but a little creepy.
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...more
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