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This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: The Works of Patricia Wentworth (1878-1961)

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Elles, Dora Amy  Writing under the pseudonym: Wentworth, Patricia   
(42 of 51 for author by title)
She Came Back [AKA The Traveller Returns] (Miss Silver #9)
The Red Lacquer Case
Published:   1938
Publisher:J. B. Lippincott Company
Tags:fiction, mystery, romance

The newest and one of the most thrilling books to come from the pen of this popular author. James Elliott, lost in a fog, comes upon a lonely house in the English countryside. The house shows no lights but the front door is ajar and he enters in the hopes of finding a telephone. His electric torch shows him a girl’s white face, eyes wide in a stare of terror, mouth open as if to scream. But she doesn’t scream, she comes running, catches him by the arm saying, “Run!” At that moment there is a sound of a shot and James feels the wind of the bullet as it goes past, as he and the girl run out of the house. But the girl will not tell him exactly of what she is afraid. A day or two later a business associate of James’ is killed, probably because he was thought to have been the one who had visited the house with the girl. Little by little, James finds out from the girl whose name, he discovers, is not Aspidistra Aspinall, why there are persons who wish to have her out of the way. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Elles, Dora Amy

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Dora Amy Elles (November 10, 1878 - January 28, 1961) wrote under the pen name of Patricia Wentworth. She was a British crime writer, best known for her Miss Silver Mysteries, though she also wrote romantic novels. Miss Silver is frequently compared to Agatha Christie's Jane Marple, though Patricia Wentworth's first Miss Silver novel pre-dated Agatha Christie's first Miss Marple novel by two years, and may well have inspired Agatha Christie.

In Marion Shaw & Sabine Vanacker's book Reflecting on Miss Marple, they said: "while Miss Marple may receive ten times the attention as Miss Silver, ... the woefully neglected Miss Silver is the real deal - a professional investigator and a stand-up woman, a true forerunner of all future female private eyes."

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