Genre: children’s historical fiction
Length: 320 pages
Setting: London, England, late 1800s
Summary: Ashton Place is being repaired after the disastrous Christmas party, and Lady Ashton is not happy. Miss Lumley is invited to London to visit Miss Mortimer, her old teacher, and Lady Ashton decides to move the whole household to London until the house is finished. Miss Lumley has more of a social life than Lady Ashton, including a very posh luncheon at the Fern Court with Miss Mortimer where Penelope is warned to protect the children. While they’re in London they have a serious of adventures culminating in a chase through London by a troupe of actors intent on taking the children. They are saved by taking a hidden entrance into the London Art Gallery, where they find a picture that matches the one in the hidden staircase in Ashton Place.
Final thoughts: A better book than the first one. I was more invested in the characters and there was much more action. I still love the voice of the narrator (and she still talks to the audience regularly). There’s also the deepening mystery – Penelope has the same color hair as Cassiopeia, and Miss Mortimer has been hiding that fact for years. Miss Mortimer knows more than she’s letting on, and Lord Ashton seems awfully concerned about when the full moon is.
Title comes from: The hidden gallery at the London Art Gallery they’re sent to using Miss Lumley’s guide-book to London sent by Miss Mortimer.
Reading challenges fulfilled: none, since this was an audiobook
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