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Patricia Wentworth has become a favorite of mine, since I discovered her Miss Silver books at audible. Diana Bishop, the narrator throughout the series, is, in my mind Miss Silver. Here as always, Ms Bishop gives her best. But the tedium of the material let's her down.
As I see it, here are 2 problems with 'Girl..'. First, far too much time is spent inside Ann's-the protagonist's- mind; and, as Ann is suffering from near total amnesia, time spent amongst her thoughts is necessarily arid and repetitive. To paraphrase: She didn't know where she was or how she came to be there or where she had come from or why or even... Some of this is necessary, granted. But it never lets up, and the smallest details are examined in brain-numbing detail. Second, and far worse, Miss Silver seems little more than a tag along in this particular story- I don't recall she had opportunity to 'cough' more than once or twice, so brief was her appearance. Though I usually find her peculiar governing tic annoying and bordering on the tubercular, I admit to almost missing it in this story.
I hope this is no one's first visit with this able detective; there are many, many better offerings with Miss Silver in proper charge.
I really like Patricia Wentworth's books.....this story had an unusual plot and was certainly believable. Since she wrote over 30 "Miss Silver" mysteries I have a lot of listening pleasure ahead of me. The narrator was excellent. Ready for my next "read" with audible.
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