Series: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #4
Published by HarperCollins on December 17th 2013
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For fans of Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events and Trenton Lee Stewart’s Mysterious Benedict Society comes the fourth book in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, the acclaimed and hilarious Victorian mystery series by Maryrose Wood.
In The Interrupted Tale, Miss Penelope Lumley receives an invitation to speak at the annual Celebrate Alumnae Knowledge Exposition (or CAKE) at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females. Optoomuchstic as ever, Penelope hopes to give her CAKE talk, see some old friends, and show off the Incorrigible children to Miss Mortimer, but instead she finds her beloved school in an uproar.
And when Penelope is asked by the Swanburne Academy board of trustees to demonstrate the academic progress of her three wolfish students so the board can judge the true worth of a Swanburne education, the future of her alma mater—and of her job as governess to the Incorrigibles—hangs in the balance.
Short & Sweet: Penelope Lumley gets a chance to return to her old home, the Swanburne Academy, when she is invited to partake in CAKE, which unfortunately does not involve cake. Her birthday is on the horizon, but no one seems to remember the occasion. Also is the mystery of the Incorrigible children of Ashton Place, who continue to make strides in manners and learning. I absolutely love these books and will continue to listen to them narrated by the great Katherine Kellgren. I have to say this series for me is all guilty pleasure. I love Penelope’s character and Kellgren’s narration. I cannot wait for the latest installment and hopefully we’ll see what Penelope has to do with all of this howling. I also am hoping for more of her love interest next book – Simon, he’s such a wonderful character.
Final Verdict: The Interrupted Tale is a welcome addition to the wonderful series and I cannot wait for the next book. If you like mystery, great audiobooks, and an ounce of possible magic/supernatural elements, this is the book for you.