In this installment of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Ms. Lumley and the children are back at home and ready to get back to work. But then Frederick’s mother comes for a visit and brings her beau Faucet. Faucet is clearly after Widow Ashton’s money to set up his ostrich racing business. When the ostrich gets loose the children help him track it and he develops an interest in racing wolves with half-human riders (namely the Incorrigibles). A seance must take place to speak to Mr. Ashton beyond the grave (the widow can’t decide if she can marry Faucet). Ms. Lumley has to try and keep the children safe and her wits about her.
Basically a whole lot of nothing takes place in this book. There is no advancement of the overarching storyline about the Incorrigibles and Lumley’s parentage or Ashton’s mysterious wolf issues. There are the same side note dialogues about random things in this book but they seem a lot longer and more pointless than other installments. I was completely charmed by this series until I read this book. I like the quirkiness of the characters and the story, but I expect my series to make some progress and this one seems stalled.