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The Lady Vanishes (Otto Penzler Hollywood Mysteries) Hardcover – June 26, 2001
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Finding herself trapped in a compartment with uncongenial strangers, she assumes she is the only English speaking person in the compartment. She shortly discovers that there is another English woman in the compartment, a Miss Winifred Froy, who is a gabby, middle aged governess, who is returning home to England for a visit. Somehow, she grows on Iris. Later, Iris later a brief nap and, upon awakening, discovers that Miss Froy not only appears to be missing but seems to have left virtually no trace of her existence!
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