Monday, January 20, 2014
In The Interrupted Tale by Maryrose Wood, Penelope Lumley and her three raised-by-wolves charges, Beowulf, Alexander and Cassandra - or Cassawoo - travel to the Swanburne School for Poor Bright Females to attend the CAKE. (That's the "Celebrate Alumnae Knowledge Exposition".) In the meantime, Penelope continues to unravel the mysteries of her own background, the sinister Judge Quinzy's true identity, and Lord Ashton's odd behavior at the full moon. And there is also the matter of a certain journal that may or may not tell of cannibals and shipwrecks concerning the Ashton progenitors.
Swanburne Academy is under fire and may undergo awful changes. Penelope and her charges are distracted by the journal and Judge Quinzy. The narrator produces many diverting, amusing and illuminating parenthetical remarks.
I would like to learn the mysterious beginnings that Penelope and her three delightful students seem to share. But, I am more pleased that this series will have to continue in order that those mysteries be revealed. Carry on, Brave Swanburne Girl! I like the cut of your jib.