By: Guy Fraser-Sampson
More tales of treachery and intrigue abound in this welcome addition to E.F. Benson’s hugely popular Mapp and Lucia series.
Retired soldier Major Benjamin Flint is in search of a new servant, while would-be queen of Tilling Miss Elizabeth Mapp remains steadfastly determined to acquire a husband. Will Heather Gillespie, housekeeper extraordinaire, beat her to the post – and is there more to her than meets the eye? Romantic entanglements stir the murky waters of Tilling society, cunning plots are laid, competitive baking is undertaken, and unforeseen complications ensue. Armed with his trusty elephant gun and plenty of whisky, Major Benjy will need all his tiger-fighting experience to emerge unscathed and unwed.
Perfect reading for followers of Benson’s original novels and sure to be equally loved by P.G. Wodehouse fans, this is a pitch-perfect and deliciously enjoyable social satire of an England long gone but not forgotten.
Lucia is back! This is a wonderful new adventure for our magnificent heroine, written with all of the style and humour of Benson himself. A triumph. Uno, due, tre… read it!
- Alexander McCall Smith
More Mapp & Lucia – what bliss! Major Benjy on the rampage – what joy!
- Gyles Brandreth
As you read Guy Fraser-Sampson’s sinuous narrative and needle-sharp dialogue, Tilling suddenly takes shape all around you.
- Tom Holt