Well! Lady Colveden says it for all us fans of Miss Seeton in the opening lines of this book: “Welcome back, Miss Seeton!” After a 20-year gap, we now have a NEW Miss Seeton story to read: Book 22 in the series, I believe.
I don’t know who is actually “Hamilton Crane” these days, but this author has created a seamless flow from the last book to this one. In Book 21, “Bon Jour, Miss Seeton” Lady Colveden’s son Nigel meets the lovely Louise, daughter of a French comte. At last, after encountering a grand offering of sweet young things, Nigel has met and wed Miss Right (Louise).
So now Miss Seeton and Plummergen can get on with business. The village, inspired by Louise’s stories of the French Bayeux Tapestry, decides to put together its own needlework version of Plummergen history, with all inhabitants invited to contribute a piece. Miss Seeton’s role is to create an overall design incorporating all the individual offerings.
Seems a pleasant activity, but we know our Miss Seeton. It’s not long before she is creating her mysterious drawings and encountering hidden artwork and other artifacts of an earlier time. Soon we are looking at a Satanic Henry VIII, Nazi radio paraphernalia, priest’s holes, mysterious foreigners, and Scotland Yard put to work on what proves to be a task with a hidden agenda. Superintendent Delphick and his stalwart Scotland Yard forces, once again, find answers in Miss Seeton’s cryptic drawings.
This is a most entertaining story, and our Miss Seeton comes through again, the bad guys are routed, and the village presents its completed quilt for all to admire. But at the end, there’s one stray thread left dangling . . .
Oh well, we will just have to wait for the next book.
My heartfelt thanks to NetGalley and Farrago for providing an advance copy to read and review.