Re: Miss Seeton, no kiddin about going to heck with the new authors. One of them (I can't remember if it was Hampton Charles or Hamilton Crane, they both were GAK) got so caught up in Miss Seeton's lovable dithering that one couldn't even read it. To bad there weren't more of the Carvic's they were perfect for a light amusing read.
I still think Dorothy Sayers is one of the most intellegent mystery writers. Try the Judge Dee books for intellegence also Reginald Hill.
I think Charlotte McLeod writes with a tremendous amount of intellegence, another may think her books just fun.
Elizabeth Peters Amelia Peabody series are written with a lot of intellegence, her others a little lighter.
I also have read so many I have a hard time finding books that satisfy, the "new" writers just don't seem to have it. Whatever "it" is/was.
I agree Heron Carvic's Miss Seton was the best. Which one wrote Miss Seton Sings? That one had a laugh-out-loud scene I will never forget.
I have every Miss Seeton Book ever written and have enjoyed some more than others. I enjoy reading lighter mysteries as I have found these to be. But I agree, Sarah Jill Mason, who has written the last books, has caught the essence of the character better than the middle author, whomever he or she was. But, then, if that person had not written them, we may not have had the character, so we just make do.
I had the unfortunate experience of reading Miss Seeton at the Helm written by the first author who tried to perpetuate the Miss Seeton series. Herron Carvic would NEVER allow the Oracle to do what he did in this book. Miss Seeton appears more worldly wise and hands over her drawings without a wimper. Unbelievable. I have all six of the original Miss Seeton mysteries and will reread them from time to time.
my first name is Carvic!!
AS someone who has recently discovered Miss Seeton,I must say I love the books. The idea of this elderly lady going around not knowing the havoc she is creating is great. The "brolly" as the ultimate weapon is just too funy.