When I first saw the title, for one silly moment I envisioned Miss Seeton in the world of baseball. But then I remembered, this is England, and the national pastime is not baseball, but cricket!
Miss Seeton, fresh from her adventures in Scotland (see Miss Seeton Rocks the Cradle) could use a little time to catch up with herself. However, duty calls: the Plummergen cricket pavilion is in urgent need of refurbishing, and Miss Seeton is called upon to help. For a few awkward moments the dear lady is thinking she may be called upon to join the local cricket team. But no–of course not! But Lady Colvedon thinks it would be splendid if Miss Ess could come up with a nice art piece depicting the local cricket activity, which could then be used as the central item in a fundraising raffle for the Plummergen cricket pavilion.
Miss Seeton’s sigh of relief is almost audible. Thankfully, the art project sounds doable, and Miss Seeton obligingly girds herself for her part in the community effort.
But being Miss Seeton, it’s not quite so simple. For one thing, there are some new players in this story. Young Nigel Colvedon’s affections are captured by the lovely Miss Annabelle Leigh. Those of us who know Poe are put on alert by this name, without quite knowing why. It also happens that Miss Leigh is quite a talented artist. The other new character is Admiral Leighton, a retired Royal Navy man who soon becomes Sir George Colvedon’s friend.
It helps, in reading this story, if you know something about cricket–which I don’t. The author puts best effort into making the cricket activities understandable for the layman. Suffice to say, the match between the teams of Plummergen and Murreystone (arch rivals for at least three centuries) forms an absorbing grand finale of the book. The cricket match itself is richly described and well attended by all, including most residents of both villages and a lot of Miss Seeton’s Scotland Yard colleagues. As it turns out, they are all needed. Once again, Miss Seeton’s restless hands produce drawings that are key to the solution.
As always, my thanks to author, publisher, and NetGalley for making an advance copy of this book available to read and review.