Being an owner of a blog–and the sole blogger of said blog (The Midnight Goose, obviously)–I often check the built in stats app for my website. This provides me with information about how many unique visitors I have, how many times each visitor viewed the blog, and where the viewers are located. Don’t worry, it doesn’t provide your IP address or your physical address. Though, I wish it did so I could come meet some of my readers that are obviously as twisted as I am since they are apparently enjoying my nonsense. But I digress.
The stats app also provides me with things like comments that are made, “likes” that given to a post, so on and so forth, as well as where my “traffic” is coming from. On one particular day, I saw that I had a reader in the U.K. and that they had a site called “Vasa and Ypres: A Mayfair Conundrum”. Usually, I just see where a reader is from, say “nice” and move on with my day. But the fact that this was a reader from the U.K. and they had such a uniquely named blog themselves–you know Tubbly had to click around a bit and see what exactly this was about. And I’m so glad I did.
By clicking, I was directed to the Vasa and Ypres blog. This blog belongs to J.B. Chisolm (nom de plume), and is the site wherein this author presents weekly updates, each a chapter from the world of “Vasa” and Ypres”–the two main characters in the writings/book. Immediately, I became smitten with what I saw on the blog and kept clicking links until I got to the Amazon page where I could snag a copy of the first e-book, Vasa and Ypres: A Mayfair Conundrum. Even more, exciting, I could read it for (essentially) free on Kindle Unlimited–a program to which I belong.
As J.B. Chisolm (the author), explains on the companion blog of the book, inspiration was found in the genius comedic writings of P.G. Wodehouse, and the characters of Jeeves and Wooster. However, the two main characters Vasa and Ypres (their surnames) are women. Vanessa E. Vasa is a bumbling, self-involved dingbat, with much more confidence in her abilities and skills than she has a right. Mildred Ypres is Vasa’s highly put-upon, much more capable and intelligent “lady’s assistant”–and probably one of the main reasons that Vasa manages to stay alive.
Without giving too much away, Vasa is asked by her friend “Lanky” Ella Lanesbury to help with a “quandry” that has “the possibility of an upgrade into a conundrum.” Before long, Vasa is enlisting Ypres’ help in figuring out the perfect, lady-like solution to “Lanky” Ella Lanesbury’s…conundrum…and with highly comedic results.
The book is full of Vasa and “Lanky” Ella’s high jinx and Ypres’ dry-witted rebuttals to all of said nonsense. As the author explains, the book is great escapism “where all complexities and worries are pushed aside” and “the major problems of our time do not appear“. It’s a laugh-out-loud story (I found myself having to put the book down over a running joke comparing a woman’s backside to the Netherlands–and other geographical locations) that takes readers through planes, taxis, and the “smart end” of London.
Vasa and Ypres: A Mayfair Conundrum is a great, lazy afternoon read that will take you away from your worries and provide several well-deserved laughs. Absolutely perfect for any Anglophile that enjoys cheeky British humor and a protagonist that will make you feel like you actually have your own life together. And who doesn’t need a little levity nowadays? Go out (by that, I mean “surf the interwebs”) and follow the blog–and get a copy of the book to read right now!
Until next time…
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