Ms. Penelope Lumley has just received a letter from her beloved former headmistress Miss Mortimer inviting her to London. Ms. Lumley approaches the flighty and shallow Lady Constance Ashton for permission, when the Lady decides the whole household should spend a season in London. When Ms. Lumley tells Miss Mortimer she is able to come, Miss Mortimer sends her a very unusual guidebook with odd illustrations and not so helpful hints. The three children (who only occasionally howl at the moon) and their governess arrive in London and get promptly lost. They soon meed up with a delightful young man by the name of Simon who helps them find their way and a mysterious Gypsy who tells them that the Hunt is On. Ms. Lumley settles her charges into their nursery while the chattering Lady Ashton anticipates all the social events she will be invited too. Alas the next day the only mail is for Ms. Lumley, which does not make the Lady happy at all. Ms. Lumley goes to see Ms. Mortimer and she is warned that somebody may be out to do harm to the three children and that she needs to keep her own hair dyed...presumably to keep her mysterious resemblance to the children at a minimum. She is also advised by her former headmistress to not delve into the mysteries of her own parents too closely. Ms. Lumley heads home to find the children missing and has a bit of a
Ok so that was longer then expected, especially for such a short book, but there you have it. My thoughts on this book are varied. I again LOVED the children and their mix of wildness and extreme intelligence. I enjoy the love they have for their governess and how willing they are to do whatever it is she asks. Ms. Lumley remains a resourceful, optimistic young woman who is able to keep her head and adapt to most situations. I appreciated the authors use of words, and her way of defining them in a most entertaining matter before applying them to the case at hand. I imagine if I were a younger reader I would be glad of those definitions. I am not enjoying the long dragged out mystery of the children and Ms. Lumely. I think I would not mind it as much if their was a decent plot for each book, but it seems the "plot" is just more of the mystery. I am hoping that at the end of the series I can look at it as a whole and find a good story. In the meantime I will continue to enjoy the characters, which to me is the strength of the whole series, and hope to get some answers soon. I give this book 6 out of 10 eye patches and will eventually get to the next book.
What do you think of drawn out mysteries? How amusing do you find precocious children? What is your family curse?