Lucia’s Progress sees Mrs Lucas continue with her adventures in Tilling. Miss Mapp (now Mrs Mapp-Flint) is still there and remains her rival for control of Tilling, but Lucia’s increasing wealth through success on the stock market allows her to bestow gifts upon Tilling and gain offers to various committees.
As with all the other books in the series, this is a comedy of manners, with the two protagonists being charming and polite to one another in person (generally), whilst plotting to ensure they stay ahead of their rival. Benson’s sympathies appear to lie with Lucia, who thwarts Mapp at every turn and increases her power by drawing the residents of Tilling to her at the expense of Mapp, who tries her best to keep pace but is unable to.
Rating (out of 5): ****