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3.0 out of 5 stars
I so wanted to like this book more, 9 Oct 2008
Guy Fraser Sampson was always going to have two very hard acts to follow; The Benson originals and the Tom Holt sequels. It's such a shame that this book fell far from the mark in my opinion.
On the mistakes, well it's always going to be difficult to get everything spot on and basic mistakes such as Diva Plaistow's widow status was a bit irritating. What was really annoying was a basic error about where Lucia's Rolls Royce enters Tilling. In the original book some importance is placed on Lucia asking for directions from the Padre
"'We must ask where the house is,' said Lucia, leaning out of the window of her Rolls-Royce. 'I wonder if you would be so good as to tell me--'
The clergyman sprang forward.
'It'll be Miss Mapp's house you're seeking,' he said in a broad Scotch accent. 'Straight up the street, to yon corner, and it's right there is Mistress Mapp's house.'"
In the Fraser Sampson book the Rolls simply drives straight past. Simple factual errors based on established material is quite annoying. How much more satisfying to have neatly dovetailed them.
What's perhaps most annoying is that it wouldn't have required an encyclopaedic knowledge of all four Original Tilling based novels, nor the two Holt Sequels. All that was required was some fact checking in Miss Mapp and, to an