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Summary

Miss Silver helps a woman with no memory reconstruct a terrible crime

She awakes in a dark place. A young woman with a shattered memory, she knows neither who she is nor how she came to be in this abandoned house. All she possesses is a faint sense that someone is lying dead at the foot of the stairs. Horrifyingly, she is correct. In the cellar lies a young woman, her body broken, her head split, her life undone by a revolver’s shell. The amnesiac flees and finally has a stroke of luck: She meets Maud Silver.

A dowdy governess turned daring detective, Miss Silver sees immediately that something is wrong. She comforts the confused young woman, and coaxes out of her what little story she can tell. The memory of the body sets Miss Silver on a fantastic adventure - the last written by Patricia Wentworth, and one of the most thrilling of them all.

©1961 Patricia Wentworth (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Amnesia and Silver again

What did you like best about The Girl in the Cellar? What did you like least?

I always like books in which the main character is battling through amnesia and this story has plenty of that, however I did find the plot pulled together very tenuously right at the end and hung on too many chance encounters of critical characters.

What other book might you compare The Girl in the Cellar to, and why?

The case of William smith, because of the amnesia in both stories.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The pace of narration could be quicker when it isn't Miss Silver speaking.

Was The Girl in the Cellar worth the listening time?

Oh yes.

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Blah!

I Think that this must be an early Miss Silver book because it is really rather blah! She is only very incidentally in it in about four chapters! The other lead character (Frederick), is really rather pathetic! I don’t understand why? You get the initial impression of him that he is potentially some kind of spy or undercover agent, yet when he is having discussions with people he is really rather petulant! The lead female character, Ann, has lost her memory - it doesn’t make the book any more interesting, in fact it makes the story quite tedious.

Then there are the Scotland Yard people we know one of them from other Silver books, but they are also shadow characters and there appears to be very little point to their inclusion. They certainly do not take any action in the proceedings until the last two chapters. In all, it’s a very unsatisfactory, pedestrian, blind story and when you think about all of the coincidences and accidental meetings, it just seems a bit too unbelievable.

Add to that the very loose ending and you walk away thinking that this book is a bit blah! I do not recommend this book.

The narration is superb as always.

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I love Miss Silver but...

This is so dull! The main character has lost her memory which means that things are repeated endlessly and in great detail. The other main character is some sort of spy which apparently negates the need for a back story as everything is "hush hush".
The story is very thin and based on one unbelievable coincidence after another and Miss Silver barely makes an appearance. I can only think that Patricia Wentworth's editor was on holiday when this was published and nobody else dared to say it was way below parr.
Hurrah for Diana Bishop and her excellent reading but even she can't breathe life into this one!

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more of a romance than a detective novel

and very old fashioned at that. Not one of the best Miss Silver novels, the plot motive was too far fetched, and a bit of a cheat really.

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Not one of her best

This series,set firmly in the forties and fifties,with the attitudes and bias of the times, is enjoyable. However,they are not all of the same standard and this one is disjointed and has some terrible plot gaps. Miss Silver does less "sleuthing" and there is the obligatory romance each book contains. Inspector Abbott is almost static.
Despite this,the narrator does an excellent job of maintaining tension and narrative.

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Certainly the best and most intriguing of the Miss Silver books but sadly the last

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BRILLIANT AS USUAL

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YES, IT IS VERY WELL WRITTEN. THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING THAT'S JUST ABOUT TO HAPPEN WHICH KEEPS YOU SPELLBOUND.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl in the Cellar?

I THINK WHEN THE GIRL WAS RUNNING AWAY AT NIGHT AND ENDED UP BEING TAKEN IN BY THE NEIGHBOUR.

What about Diana Bishop’s performance did you like?

SHE TOTALLY IS MISS SILVER ONE MINUTE AND THEN SHE'S SUDDENLY THE SCARY MAN.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I LISTENED TO IT OVER 2 DAYS - I WAS A CAPTIVE AUDIANCE!

Any additional comments?

PATRICIA WENTWORTH IS A FABULOUS CRAFTER OF A DRAMATIC MYSTERY.