Queen Lucia tracks the events in Riseholme, where Mrs Lucas is seen as the ruler of the village. However, Mrs Quantock appears to be a rival as a result of trends she gets into, but Mrs Lucas (Lucia) is strong enough to dominate over her. A bigger threat is Olga Bracely (an accomplished opera singer and Italian speaker), who seems to cause accidental embarrassment to Lucia at every turn and takes Lucia’s best friend/lackey, Georgie.
The novel is set in 1920s Britain and is a very gentle comedy. It reminded me in many ways of a P G Wodehouse novel, with a rural setting and embarrassing events, mixed with some kind of romance. The characters are less wealthy than might be found in a Wodehouse novel, but are still privileged people. The story is straight forward, reflecting that there is little secrecy in a small village. An enjoyable, relaxing read.
Rating (out of 5): ****