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on 23 April 2008
A word of warning: if you're looking for a cunning mystery novel full of plot twists and turns that keep you guessing till the very end, this isn't really the book for you. "Goodbye, Ms Chips" is an enjoyable, engrossing funny book -- but it really isn't the mystery read of the year.
Ellie Haskell's good friend, Dorcas Critchley, wants Ellie to turn her detecting skills towards discovering who has stolen the sports cup from the trophy case in the assembly hall of Ellie's old school, St. Roberta's. The trouble is that Ellie would much rather not to return to the very place where she really blotted her copy book by committing an act of great cowardice. But Dorcas (and he headmistress, Mrs. Battle) are afraid that news of the theft will tarnish the school's reputation, and rather hope that Ellie will take on the case and discover who stole the cup before news of the cups becomes public knowledge. Unable to resist Dorcas' entreaties, Ellie soon finds herself back at St. Roberta's, going undercover and emersing herself in boarding school life, sifting through the rumours, trying to figure out of the theft is a case of a prank gone wrong or if something more dire is underfoot...
Reading "Goodbye, Ms Chips" reminded me of all those English boarding school books I used to be addicted to as a child, Dorothy Haskell did a wonderful job of making this Ellie Haskell installment an entertaining and enjoyable salute to the genre. It is true that the "mystery" bit of this book took a while to get going, but the book was such a humorous and witty read that I didn't find that this was too much of a detraction. If I had any criticism of "Goodbye, Ms Chips" it was that it was not very well edited (and this is more a criticism of Ms Cannell's publishers than anything else), and that the ending was a little too rushed for my taste. "Goodbye, Ms Chips" may not be the mystery read of the year, but it certainly was a delightfully sharp and pleasurable read.