Book Review: ‘Vasa and Ypres: A Mayfair Conundrum’ by J.B. Chisholm

Mayfair Two Cover

Title: Vasa and Ypres: A Mayfair Conundrum

Published: 31st March 2016

Author: J.B. Chisholm


Forever stylish Vanessa E. Vasa was honing her observation skills when she bumped into Lanky Ella Lanesbury. Or rather Ella bumped into her, twice. When Ella reveals a conundrum, Vanessa is enlisted to help with the aid of her stoic lady’s assistant, Mildred Ypres. Follow Vasa and Ypres as they humorously navigate London’s Mayfair in their first, but hopefully not last, adventure.

“A brilliant tale of scientific and social observation”

– Darwin

“Vasa and Ypres never surrender.”

– Churchill

“Superbly glamorous.”

– Duchess of Parma


Goes down as another off my 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a place in the title. Mayfair is a posh part of London where all kinds of conundrums seem to go down for Vasa and her friends.

A quirky, dry kind of humour that will have you chuckling all the way through with the observations and conundrums Vasa and Ella find themselves having.

The book starts with Vasa and her assistant Ypres coming into land at Heathrow. It’s while Vasa is using the facilities that she comes across her first observation of the day. One she feels very strongly about. So much so that she wants to write to The Times on the matter, even to the point of mentioning Darwin to help her case. It’s while discussing this observation with Ypres on the plane that the two come to a certain conclusion but as the plane lands it seems that Vasa’s day is just going to get more comical the further she gets into it. Especially when she bumps into Ella. Or more specifically when Ella bumps into her – more than once – with her luggage causing a head bump or two.

It’s only after this meeting that Ella, an old childhood enemy turned friend, soon wishes to discuss her very own conundrum she has found herself in. One she feels that Vasa should be able to help her with, along with the help of Ypres of course. Meeting in a safe place later that day, one where things should not be able to fall on her, Vasa gets her to reveal her conundrum in full, and what a one it is.

Very comical with all their reactions, though more so with Ypres’ straight faced ones. She doesn’t really show emotion, other than the occasional eye brow lift, so is very good at expressing opinions and notes on her own observations. Vasa’s inner monologue, always planning what she says, is also very amusing. Love her little conspiracy theories – you know that Girl Scout was just waiting to pounce with those cookies!

An easy read which will have you chuckling along to see what they will say and get up to next.


3 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review

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