MRS. FLANNAGAN'S TRUMPET by Catherine Cookson

MRS. FLANNAGAN'S TRUMPET

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Dispatched to stern Granny Flannagan's when their sick, widowed mother goes away for three months of treatment, Eddie, age 15, and Penny, twelve, are propelled into mystery and danger, gothic-style, on the 1890 British coast. The villain is Hal Kemp, Granny's grown nephew, ostensibly a fish peddler. Petty smuggling in goods is common on the coast, but Kemp's traffic is bairns, the female kind (white slavery, that is); and dauntless Eddie nearly loses his life exposing the ring and saving his kidnapped sister. Granny proves a surprisingly sturdy and resourceful ally, and in a mushy windup Eddie realizes that; he actually loves the old bird. Her trumpet, incidentally, is the ear kind, with which she brains Kemp. Creeky, cranked-up B-movie stuff, complete with noisy fistfights and broad acting (mouths agape, eyes wide).

Pub Date: March 17th, 1980
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard