Peanuts creator Charles Schulz is credited with saying; “A cartoonist is someone who has to draw the same thing day after day without repeating himself.” I suppose something like that could be said of an author writing one in a series of books, especially when that author is continuing work initially created by another writer. In any case, Hamilton Crane has created quite a few books in the Miss Seeton series; in this latest one the author departs from the customary by taking us into the past: 1940 at the early days of World War II when England was being exhorted by Winston Churchill to give their best.
We learn interesting things about Miss Seeton’s past. For one thing, her father was a World War I veteran who was awarded the Victoria Cross; we also meet her kindly mother.
In these earlier days, we don’t have our usual cast of characters nor our usual story location. Scotland Yard man Delphick has not yet crossed Miss Seaton’s horizon, and she has not been the recipient of a home in Plummergen, so we don’t have that gossip mill to content with. But even at this early date, her unique talents for drawing do not go unnoticed as England looks to its citizens for their maximum war effort.
This is an exciting story, imbued with historical importance as we glimpse, indeed, young Miss Seeton’s finest hour.