I know that a lot of people will be getting this as a Christmas present, but I can’t really post spoilers because it’s set during the same term as both The Chalet School in the Oberland and Shocks for the Chalet School. I personally would rather have had a book set during the “unfilled” term when Marilyn Evans was Head Girl, but that’s no reflection on this book.
It’s not a typical Chalet School book, in that there are no accidents, epidemics, weather-related incidents or troublesome new girls, and it’s not a typical “fill-in” in that most of Maeve’s friends, and their form mistress, are only minor characters in canon (the original series). However, it’s a very good read, just the thing for cold December nights! And it’s pleasantly devoid of Joey “butting in” or being consulted about school affairs whilst on the other side of the Atlantic, but, hooray, does feature Madge comforting Maeve. It could have done with a bit more action, though.
A lot of the focus is on Mollie Bettany’s illness. Chalet School fans will already know how things turn out, but of course the characters don’t. How the Bettany family cope with that is quite moving.
Other than that, there’s a drama/detective club, which isn’t very exciting. And a reference to Peggy’s new friend Lucy. Have I missed something. Who is Lucy?!
It’s a nice book, though, and finishes on a nice festive note. I’d still like to see a book about that term with Marilyn as HG, though!