One Too Many Times – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
‘Annie Spooner locked up her three-hundred-year-old cottage and headed
for her annual pilgrimage within the ruins of Middleham Castle. She
tried to forget that another year had slipped by and it was now the
five-hundred-twenty-fifth anniversary of King Richard III’s death in the
Battle of Bosworth…. Every August 22, they held a séance to summon the
slain king’s spirit. Lady Dorothy Ludham, a leading psychic, acted as
medium. Richard’s spirit appeared every time, splendidly attired in
kingly raiment, a glittering crown atop his head. He would visit with
them briefly, then return to the great beyond, leaving them speechless
with wonder.’ But this year Dorothy couldn’t make it leaving the duty
of summoning the spirit of Richard to Annie.
Annie, who has no psychic abilities, goes through the steps she has
heard Dorothy do for several years. As the pressure from the other
members of the séance builds, she actually forgets the words to the
chant and assumes this would be one year without the king’s presence.
Annie couldn’t have been more wrong. She didn’t actually summon the
spirit but the actual man himself. King Richard, III was transported
from 1463 to 2010.
When his brothers Edward and George find him missing they go to the one
person they know has to be behind the disappearance – Ulch the Grand
Wizbar. After much discussion, Edward, who is actually King at the
time, decide they must find a way to help their brother. So, with the
help of Ulch, they travel to the year 2010 to be with their brother.
What do you get when you take 3 members of the 1463 Royal family and
transport them to 2010? You’re reading one of Diana Rubino’s books, you
get laughter. I don’t know that I’ve ever read a book that has made
me smile and laugh with the turn of every page. Rubino has taken
characters from two worlds, combined their differences and blessed us
with a book that I feel would make a very enjoyable, funny movie. This
is one that Mel Brooks needs to read.