Fifty-something librarian Shona is a proud former pupil of the Marcia Blaine School for Girls, but has a deep loathing for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, which she thinks gives her alma mater a bad name. Impeccably educated and an accomplished martial artist, linguist and musician, Shona is selected by Marcia Blaine herself to travel back in time for a crucial mission involving Macbeth, the Weird Sisters and a black cat.
Unsure which version of history she’s in, Shona tries to figure out who she’s here to save. But between playing the Fool and being turned into a mouse, things don’t always go her way. Shona’s expertise in martial arts is out to the test as family tensions rise and fingers are pointed to Murder. Can Shona unravel the mystery in time to complete her mission?
… Never underestimate a librarian!
This is the third book in the Miss Blaine’s Prefect series. I absolutely loved the second book so my expectations of this third instalment were high! I can happily report that my expectations were exceeded. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.
While this is part of a series, the books can easily be read as standalone novels. All you need to know is that Shona gets sent back in time to correct moments in history and hilarity ensues.
I really enjoyed Shona as a character. She’s so intelligent but she has no common sense or risk awareness which leads to her ending up in some pretty awkward situations. I really enjoyed all of the characters in this book, I loved Duncan and the Hectate the most though.
I have never read Macbeth but do know the basic plot (mainly from Terry Pratchett and The Simpsons). I didn’t feel like that was required reading as the story filled in any gaps.
There were a lot of things going on in this book so multiple plots going on. It was easy to keep up with the various plots though as they involved different people and it was very clear what were and weren’t related.
Like with the previous books, this book had a lot of references to historical events. Not just 11th century Scotland but lots of little historical nuggets which I really enjoyed.
This book was utterly hilarious and I laughed so much while reading this. I laughed a lot at the silly situations that Shona ended up in. I also laughed heartily at the terrible jokes within this book. Shona was mistaken for being a fool and with that, came many terrible jokes. However, since the audience of 11th century had never heard these jokes, their reactions made the jokes really funny.
This book was very moreish and I didn’t want to put it down…so I didn’t. I finished it in one day and I regret nothing. Sometimes you just don’t want to stop reading a book and time allows to keep going.
I really enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend the series. This is possibly my favourite book in the series but closely followed by The Vampire Menace. I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.