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. Volume XIV Number 14 . . . . March 7, 2008
Emmaline Cayley, wild Princess Purnah, the ever flexible Rubberbones, mad Professor Bellbuckle and Aunt Lucy, with her worm squirming cakes, are all back in this book. So are “the birds” and those awful teachers from St. Grimelda. But the focus here shifts from Emmaline’s aviatrix capabilities and her escapades from St. Grimelda’s to Princess Purnah’s abduction by a faceless fiend and his minions. The scene shifts from the small town Owlthwaite to a busy London with beggars, dog-fighting crowds, flying balloons and Sherlock Holmes – yes the famous Mr. Holmes.
Faceless Fiend is a fast-paced book where the reader is kept curious until the end about the identity of faceless fiend and his interests in Princess Purnah. The climax though was a bit longer – just when you think Rubberbones will be reunited with his family, he goes off-track; just when you think Princess Purnah is in safe hands, she comes face-to-face with Mrs. Scantcommon and Mrs. Wackett; just when you think the girls are safe at a hotel, there are leather suited fellows jumping in through the windows. But with Madame Za Za’s pendant, the Baker Street Irregulars and the faithful ancient Banjo all coming to everybody’s rescue, all is fine in the end. Or is it?
Maha Kumaran is a Virtual Reference Librarian in Saskatoon, SK.
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