This Miss Seeton story starts, unusually, in a prison; the first chapter ends with a cleverly engineered prison break. All right, but what does all this have to do with our Miss Seeton?
We shall see, in the fullness of time. We are finally past Christmas, where the last couple of books have been set, and now into the New Year, which is proving to be a very wet one. Miss Seeton and her good friend Lady Calvedon, unable to tend to their gardens, look for something to do while they wait. The answer is, of course, go shopping!
Well, actually, go auctioneering. Lady Calvedon is looking for a new barometer to replace the one broken by her irate spouse, while Miss Seeton seeks a new blue chapeau to go with her sleek new blue umbrella.
As ever, it seems, when Miss Seeton is involved, things do not go as planned. Miss Seeton blames her fanciful mood and visions of lost riches on The Treasure of Sierra Madre, which she had viewed the previous night. How else to explain her inexplicable urge to splurge on a mysterious locked box of exotic appearance at the auction?
This is another skillfully-constructed and appealing story, featuring Miss Seeton and her friends, including Scotland Yard, and of course the villagers of Plummergan. The intrigue mounts slowly, and the imaginative details are splendid. Another entertaining read!
My thanks to author, publisher, and NetGallley for providing an advance copy to read and review.