Miss Read, that good-sensical schoolteacher-maiden lady, has been around so long that she's old enough to know better. . .than anyone else just who enjoys these stories of the little village of Fairacre. This time a nice middle-aged couple, the Hales, buy the four little houses known as Tyler's Row and face Blandingsesque problems from dryrot on up to the worse one of two elderly entrenched tenants, Sergeant Burnaby and Mrs. Fowler, a real scold. But the Sergeant falls ill and leaves for better care elsewhere and Mrs. Fowler, having tried to poison the Hales' cat, removes herself. It's all as bright and cheerful as a nasturtium and who would be foolish enough to question Miss Read's readership.