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I’m really pleased to have been asked to review another new book on my blog today, Porter Girl : First Lady of the Keys by Lucy Brazier.
‘Porters are not the carriers of bags, they are the keepers of keys!’
As one of the most ancient and esteemed establishments of the academic elite, Old College is in for something of a shock when it appoints its very first female Deputy Head Porter.
She struggles to get to grips with this eccentric world, far removed from everyday life. PorterGirl, the proverbial square peg in the round hole, begins to wonder quite what she is doing here.
PorterGirl – First Lady Of The Keys is a touching, and at times laugh-out-loud funny, glimpse into a world that is usually reserved for the upper echelons of society.
Whether she is chasing after naked students, drinking copious amounts of tea or getting embroiled in quaint, polite murders, Deputy Head Porter is never far from adventure.
PorterGirl introduces us to Lucy as she starts her first day as Deputy Head Porter at Old College and you join her as she learns the ropes of her new job and meets everyone around the College. As an ex Police Constable she soon uncovers a mystery at Old College and sets about investigating this whilst trying to keep herself and her colleagues out of danger.
PorterGirl is told in first person through Lucy and it is really well written and incredibly descriptive. Old College, the professors and events they have were exactly how I imagined the elite, eccentric London universities to be and I really enjoyed being taken behind the scenes of it all. All of the book is set in Lucy’s work or with her work colleagues, it doesn’t follow her home and even by the end of the book you don’t know very much about her personally.
I loved the Afterword at the end of the story and finding out that the author, Lucy Brazier, really was in the police force and left that to become the first ever female porter at Cambridge University (I do hope the rest of the story wasn’t really what went on there though!)
PorterGirl was really easy to get in to, full of adventure, mystery and suspense and quite funny in places too.
I’m giving PorterGirl by Lucy Brazier 4/5 stars
*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review, I haven’t been influenced by this and all thoughts and opinions are my own.