Title: Vasaand Ypres – A Mayfair Conundrum
Author: J.B Chisholm
Book procurement: Author contacted me for a review.
Forever stylish Vanessa E. Vasa was honing her observation skills when she bumped into Lanky Ella Lanesbury. Or rather Ella bumped into her, twice. When Ella reveals a conundrum, Vanessa is enlisted to help with the aid of her stoic lady’s assistant, Mildred Ypres. Follow Vasa and Ypres as they humorously navigate London’s Mayfair in their first, but hopefully not last, adventure.
I should say on the onset, that my initial inclination following reading this story and writing this review, was to in a sense hold back on the review. However, I think it would be unfair on the author and on you dear reader, to paint this novel as something it is not.
This story follows the events of the rather dense, elegantly stylish, uptown woman Vanessa E. Vasa and her intelligent, fish-faced lady assistance Ypres; she has incredible patience. They find themselves in a rather awkward conundrum (which is not really a conundrum) within the streets of London.
The first sentence of this novel put me off immediately, and I had to continue reading with the hope that it would improve. It didn’t. Apart from the grammatical errors peppered throughout the novel, the story was unnecessarily repetitive. If this was done intentionally, it didn’t work very well in my opinion.
The story wasn’t very engaging and the humour lacking. It played upon Vasa’s lack of intelligence and misuse of words, coupled with an unfounded confidence that her lady assistant did little to rectify.
The one thing that I did enjoy about this novel, was the English. The few minutes afterwards, I had to remember that I did not speak in such high English and had to revert back to normal. Also, I was fond of the lady assistant Ypres and understood how she must have felt during the whole ordeal.
Rating: A disappointed 1 out of 5