Marital bliss was never this complicated: Mrs. Beatrice Knight is preparing to move into a life of marital bliss, or at least marital satisfaction, with her new husband who fortunately is very much alive and can’t float through walls. While she is no expert on honeymoons, she’s certain that they shouldn’t involve brainless heads, bloodsucking fireflies and Bubonic Plague.
These however are mere inconveniences, for there’s another threat of greater significance: the Nandi are rising up against their colonial masters and are determined to rid the land of all things British. The intrepid Mrs. Knight faces all this with her usual aplomb, her hefty walking stick and, of course, a pot of tea. But will her marriage survive?
I love how Mrs. Knight’s relationships with the other main characters have developed. It’s gratifying to see such a beloved character be able to tap into feelings that have long been subdued, or that were never quite there to begin with – while maintaining propriety, of course! Such fun, tenderness, excitement, dread, etc. Fabulous!
Get re-acquainted with old friends — paranormal investigator Mrs. Beatrice Knight, her brother Drew the werewolf, her best friend Cilla, the excitable Mrs. Steward, cousin Lilly and her Popobawa husband Tiberius Elkhart, Jonas the snarky gardener, the enigmatic Mr. Simon Timmons, Kam the Lightning God, Dr. Ribeiro the zebra whisperer — and meet some new ones along the way. Included is another shocking surprise from Mrs. Knight’s past.
This is, by far, the most entertaining book of this series to date. Mr. Timmons comes across as real. Sure, he is protective, but will listen to reason AND has a sense of humor. I had trouble putting the story down and attending to necessary chores.
Curse of the Nandi is the fifth case in “Society for Paranormals”, where African myth meets Victorian manners. If you adore “Pride & Prejudice”, appreciate British humor, enjoy paranormal mysteries, or would love to experience adventure in colonial Africa, then get ready to resume your supernatural safari!
I found it delightful. The cast of characters is ever changing but never in a convoluted way. They evolved with the storyline as they should. Beatrice is ahead of her time in thought and action. Even though the story takes place in the early 1900’s, she is still a good role model for the young women of today. Bravo! I’m not sure if that’s what the author was aiming for, when she crafted a main character that was interesting, intelligent, independent, yet still gracious and well somewhat concerned with decorum. This, however, is what has been masterfully achieved.