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Very Mixed Feelings.
on 29 July 2014
As another brief foray into the little world that is Tilling, this was a very enjoyable read - the plot is well constructed, credible to any Tilling fan, and full of the kind of humour that first drew me to Benson. However, I have two issues.
1) The price Lucia paid for Mallards was Grebe plus £2000, later raised to guineas, then compromised to midway - £2,050 (Lucia's Progress, end of chapter 5) - and not Grebe plus 100 guineas. Sloppy research.
2) The ending, plus the epilogue. Apart from being able to spot what was coming very quickly, and gradually becoming more and more averse to the idea as it unfolded, I found myself questioning the right of the author to pronounce on the destinies of not just Lucia, but all the characters. You are over-reaching yourself Mr Fraser-Sampson, these are not YOUR charcters, they belong to the late Fred Benson. Your borrowing them and entertaining us with them is appreciated, but they are timeless, and should always remain so. Had this been observed, it would have been four stars.