My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The second in the Alice-Miranda series, Alice-Miranda on Holiday is (as the title suggests) focused on Alice-Miranda’s holiday from school. She’s back home at her beautiful house Highton Hall, full of luscious meals and exciting high-jinks, and (hurrah!) there’s skullduggery afoot!
If you’ve read the first in the series (which I reviewed here,you should have a good idea of what to expect. If this is your first exposure to Alice-Miranda Highton-Smith-Kennington-Jones, you’re in for a treat. She’s a bright, funny Opal Moonbaby meets Pippi Longstocking meets Eloise-esque heroine of only seven and a half years old.
In Alice-Miranda On Holiday, Harvey takes the sensible direction of introducing and fleshing out a plethora of supporting casts. It’s useful to have a list of who’s who in the back pages (although I do wonder if it might be more useful to have this in the front as unless you’ve read these books before, you discover the cast-list after you’ve finished the book rather than using it to help you keep track throughout).
Harvey’s got a bright, fresh style of writing these books and it’s obvious that she’s found her groove. Alice-Miranda On Holiday is a rollicking modern Enid Blyton type story full of adults being silly (silly adults!), kids eating glorious sounding meals, and (metaphorical) red herrings sprinkled liberally throughout it to keep you guessing as to what’s going on. These are fun, fun books and I’m officially a fan.