It’s a busy time in Plummergan, Miss Seeton’s little village. There is an upcoming annual pantomime to plan for; Miss Seeton is trying to figure out the correct way to plant her garden bulbs. Nigel Colveden and his friends have tickets to the Prom concert, and he asks his mother’s help in decorating a special umbrella (borrowed from Miss Seeton) for the occasion.
The pair known as The Nuts (Erica Nuttel and Norah “Bunny” Blaine, are busy planning their all-natural diet. They decide to go on a little picnic to gather beechmast. Now we are used to these ladies foreseeing all kinds of bad events, but this time they happen on the real deal. The police know that there was a grisly murder last year referred to as “The blonde in the bag” which is pretty self-explanatory. The police are also edgy that this killer might strike again. He does, and it’s Erica and Bunny who find the dreadful bag stuffed with parts of a second blonde.
The Nuts, while horrified and shocked, are also secretly anticipating the justifiable attention they will get from the press for this latest crime. But the police, and the press (Mel Forby in particular) decide to keep the lid on this latest crime in hopes of catching this person before another murder occurs.
Of course Miss Seeton’s trademark drawings show some bizarre images that puzzle her. But she goes forward with her life in the village, not realizing that the killer has decided that Miss Seeton is an obstacle and must go. Miss Seeton goes missing, and the police fear the worst. But it all works out, thanks to Miss Seeton’s unique style.
One thing I especially liked about this book was the extended scene at the Prom concert. Music was an important element in some of the earliest Miss Seeton books, and it’s quite nice to see Miss Seeton exploring her musical side again. I don’t know of anyone else who could reduce Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance” to dah-diddle-dah-diddle-dah-dah-dah pom.
My thanks to author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing an advance copy for me to read and review.