Towards the end of World War II, Lady Anne Jocelyn returns to England from occupied France. When she arrives at her home, her husband and other relations greet her as if she were a ghost. Not surprising, considering that they thought her dead for the past 3 three years.
Most reluctantly, her husband, Sir Philip, agrees to accept her as his wife, as well as to a 6 month period of reconciliation. The resemblance to his wife is extraordinary, but he feels that somehow she is simply not his wife.
When a murder occurs, Miss Silver, a retired governess, turned private enquiry agent, gets involved in the seemingly strange doings surrounding the newly returned Lady Jocelyn, it is only a matter of time before the thickening plot is revealed and truth wins out.
This is a quintessential English mystery, well-written and thoroughly enjoyable. It will be appreciated by those who are fans of Miss Silver, as well as those who simply love a good English murder mystery.