When Mandie, Celia, Jonathan, Mrs. Taft, Senator Morton and Uncle Ned leave Italy, they know that the house they are traveling to in Switzerland is surrounded with mystery. The very ancient, very large chalet they will stay at has unusual things going on that no one has been able to figure out.
Could the rumors and tales surrounding the chalet possibly be true? What about the singing that is heard late at night, but in unintelligible words?
Strange as well are the servants and some of the other quests at the chalet. What's really going on here?
A fine setting for Mandie and her friends to work on another mystery! (from Goodreads)
Series: 17 in Mandie
Rating: 3 stars
This book is set in Switzerland, and I've never read anything about Switzerland, nor have I ever been there. And quite frankly, I don't think the author had either. It was set in a very small village (we see a house, a church and a blacksmith, basically the things you also would find in America). In said village, everyone speaks French... except the blacksmith, who apparently only speaks English. Jonathan speaks to him in French, he replies I speak English and Jonathan repeats his question in English, because he didn't understand? And this blacksmith is apparently an Irishman who's lived in Switzerland since he was a baby in a very small village where everyone speaks French, he can't speak French, despite the fact that most of his customers would only speak French and he has a thick Irish accent. Even if it was because of his mother, he wouldn't have an Irish accent. I don't have a French accent just because my dad does. My friends don't have a British accent just because their dad does. My mom doesn't have a French or British accent despite the fact that her dad was British and step-mother French. I think not.
(Sorry about that rant, I read the book yesterday and I'm still angry.)
The plot of this book is this: Mandie, Celia, Jonathan, Mrs. Taft and Senator Morton go to Switzerland (duh) to stay with friends, but when they show up, said friends had to leave because of a family emergency in back home in Germany and they give the gang the house to stay in while they're in Switzerland. Where they're supposed to be sightseeing. But never leave this tiny village...
Some strangers show up! Claiming to be friends of theirs, but none of the household nor Mrs. Taft have heard of these people, yet let them in because they have a note. #suspicious
They hear some mysterious singing at night. There's a ghost story about an old abandoned tower in the chalet they're staying in. Mrs. Taft tells Mandie not to investigate. Mandie investigates. And nearly dies in the process. She solves the mystery and doesn't get in trouble. #goodguardianing (because Mrs Taft is her grandmother and guardian... no? Okay...)
This is one of my favourite endings because it's not typical.
It's an opera singer with Alzheimer's. It's amazing.
I waited the whole book for their mysterious stalker and wasn't disappointed. She turns up. In a secret passage way. Where the only entrances are in house. And no one is concerned about this. They're too busy reading what she gave them. And when they tell Mrs. Taft she barely reacts. If my grandchild said that they kept seeing a woman all over Europe and then she showed up inside a secret passage way in the house we were staying in, I'd bring her back to America. Not "Oh, that's nice dear." Mrs. Taft is a terrible grandmother. If I were the one to discover a woman who was in every country we were was in a secret passage way, I'd start screaming. But, hey, maybe that's just me.
Also, the next book features a character with the name Baroness Geissler and I just