Goody and Grant have achieved perfect harmony as collaborators: in A Spell in the Country, they write as one. It's well plotted, perfectly paced, fluent, and witty. Fans of the Clovenhoof and Oddjobs series will recognize G & G's signature gentle humor, which tends toward the slap-stick and absurd and is never mean-spirited. They may also note a swerve away from the bawdiness and light-hearted crudeness of earlier novels. The humor here is more situational and social; and scenes that draw comic energy from our shared experience of the body aim high rather than low. There's not much here for 12-year-old boys. Some adult readers, though, may miss the savage social satire and wacky riffs on organized religion that give Clovenhoof and Oddjobs their particular pungency.
I have read 7 of the 8 Clovenhoof books (the 8th comes out in a month) and really liked them so I thought "while I wait for it I'll give this silly "girl" book a shot. Not what I thought at all. What I thought is this is gonna be all girl power and my daughter's favorite chorus "who runs the world; girls". It has a some girly stuff in it. This book is far from the estrogen fueled fluff that I thought. It was really good and I will read a sequel if there ever is one.