“That was her real métier, to render the trivialities of life intense for others. But how her schemes for the good of Tilling bored him!”
“She found herself entangled in the web she herself had woven, and never had any a spider known to natural history so completely encircled itself.” (Trouble for Lucia, E.F. Benson)
I have never seen the Lucia chronicles on a recommended booklist, heard about them in general conversation, or read a post about them – I simply judged the book by its simple, elegant cover and deemed it a worthy read. But here are the questions: how have I lived this much of a reading life without having heard of Lucia, how many other delicious books have I missed, and, how am I ever going to find out about them?
In the spirit of Lucia, upon finishing her book I gave a big, dramatic sigh, brushed away a semi-imagined tear, and moved on to the next thing. But, I have to say, the last few weeks without her have been a little dull. She motivated me, like her sometimes-resistant minions of Riesholm and Tilling, and lent an indifferent day an air of intrigue. Thus comes into play the title of this post – Luciaphiles wanted – which of you out there has read this lovely, big series and also misses Lucia? Let us all talk about her behind her back, as everyone did, and throw a hightum party to keep her alive.
Lucia doesn’t remind me of anything else, and requires too great an array of beverages to document, so I just want to note that Lucia must be read in the correct order – not all willy-nilly like a cheap episodic romance series. Here is the proper order: Queen Lucia, Lucia in London, Miss Mapp, The Male Impersonator, Mapp and Lucia, The Worshipful Lucia, and Trouble for Lucia. If you can, get them all in one volume.