Immediately they decide that a surprise party is just the thing to cheer him up. When they accompany Wanda's father to the beach, they discover some caves, and from one of the caves they spy a sword, deep down in an inaccessible grotto. It would be just perfect for Sir Horace's birthday, the girls decide. But how to get it? Not to worry - Araminta has a Plan. Only the Plan doesn't take into account that Uncle Drac has taken up knitting - or that high tide in a cave can be lethal.
This is a fun addition to the Araminta Spookie series that addresses the questions that arise at the end of the first book. We see Araminta is no longer so lonely, now that she has Wanda to spend time with, even though she can be as exasperating as a sister. The writing is light and humorous, and Araminta is a likable, feisty character whose narration often makes me laugh out loud. I particularly enjoyed the scene in which the girls come across Edmund, Sir Horace's ghostly page: "Edmund was floating around us in a rather annoying fashion and was generally getting in the way. I could see what an irritating boy he must have once been."
To date, the books in the Araminta Spookie series are:
- My Haunted House
- The Sword in the Grotto
- Vampire Brat