- File Size: 892 KB
- Print Length: 254 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 151161935X
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Mount Street Press (March 30, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 30, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VGOPCZM
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This is a lovely period piece - set at a prestigious, expensive girls' boarding school at a time when educating young gentlewomen was serious business. In pre-WWII England, only the "lower classes" sent their children to local schools. The "gentry" scraped together the money for fees and bundled the kids off to boarding schools, where they would be strictly segregated from the opposite sex. The large girls' schools were as venerated as Eton or Harrow, and the head mistresses were celebrities - brilliant women of sublime confidence who were usually unfazed by anything.
And what is our Angela (divorced and happily childless) doing at a girls' school? Remember her God-daughter Barbara from THE TREASURE AT POLDARROW POINT? Well, she's back and just as much trouble as ever. This time she's gotten herself kicked out of Wakeley Court School and Angela has gone around to see if there's any chance of getting her back in. Of course, Angela isn't standing on high moral ground here, having been a real trouble-maker in her own youth. Still, she gives the stately headmistress a "golden handshake" (Brit for a polite bribe) and talks sternly to Barbara, who actually seems to be improving a bit. She's a good-natured kid and extends friendship and protection to some girls who are having trouble fitting in, including the rather stiff Princess Irina, who has been sent to England for education and to keep her safe. She's the heiress to the throne of Morania and (naturally) the target of all sorts of plots and machinations.
When Irina is kidnapped despite the best efforts of Angela and a British Intelligence undercover agent, all hell breaks loose. Angela's good-looking driver William is pressed into service and at one time or another everyone on the school staff looks like a possible villain. Angela even gets to show off some of her skills from her days as a WWI resistance fighter. Frankly, the Moranian business is stagy and unbelievable, but the mystery itself is well-plotted and the cast of characters is very fine. It's written with Benson's usual sly humor and (while not my favorite book in this series) is still a great read. Benson had a wonderful talent for getting inside the British mind and turning stock characters into real people.