Per Kirkus: "The six Lucia novels form a kind of epic portrait of striving gone mad, and it's good to have them appearing once again."
This is book #4 in the delicious series that sends up the overblown manners and impenetrable pecking order of Tilling, a tiny town that you will wish truly existed in England. Lucia rents a summer place in Tilling at the home of Miss Elizabeth Mapp, who reigns supreme over Tilling and does not appreciate having her power grid blipped by this interloper. Bad Italian, grotesque art projects, and interminable musicales ensue. Think Jane Austen/PG Wodehouse love child with a twist of Monty Python.