Emily, Grazia and Sandie all met when they were mystical shoppers, and all in the same ship. Now stuffs have changed dramatically for each of the women, and it’s pushing their loves to the reduce. Sandie is happily engaged to Toby Garnett, heir to the Garnett store royalty and is pregnant with their first offspring. She’s struggling to parallel her career, her family and the renovations on her pad. Meanwhile, Emily is very jealous of Sandie’s pregnancy, as her playmate Will has put a ban on them having any more teenagers. Emily loves her son Freddie dearly but would love a new baby, and is beginning to resent their homegrown store in Heartsease for taking all of Will’s attention. Finally, Grazia has had to say goodbye to the love of her life, and finds condole with in a new skill she hasn’t practiced for a long time. Can the noblewomen mend the quarrels that are opening between them, and realise that their intimacy is more important than everything else? The Mystical Shopper Affair is the third opuscule in Kate Harrison’s The Mystical Shopper series, and it’s sole I have been eagerly awaiting for a whereas now! I really enjoyed the previous 2 outings with the three noblewomen who are now very familiar great work, so when a hardback transcript of this arrived on my doorstep, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. I do like the new cover invent, but I find it odd that Orion have changed the invent for the series on the third opuscule… what was wrong with the old invent?! Either process, I hoped that wouldn’t affect the story inside, which of course it shouldn’t, and sat down to read. The opuscule picks up a little whereas after the second opuscule, The Mystical Shopper Unwrapped, with Emily and Will contemporary in their homegrown store in Heartsease with her son Freddie, but stuffs aren’t all rosy. Emily is beginning to resent her friends for their behavior whereas it’s all diminishing apart for her. She’s sure her consociation to Will is on the rocks, and when she’s given the opportunity to win a grant for Heartsease, she suddenly thinks it might be the reason she needs. Sandie is pregnant and not necessarily enjoying her pregnancy, she’s worrying about her career, that she won’t be a good creator and that her fiancé’s store Garnett’s is going under. Finally, Grazia is mourning after losing her love, but soon finds herself in a position she never thought she would be.. complete with a ready made family. I found it very easy to get into, especially after being a add fuel of the first two stories, and quickly got absorbed into the story. Harrison’s writing mode is very easy to read, and I always find it a pleasure to pick out up sole of her books. She chooses to tell the story in the first person tense, and each of the branches alternate between the yarn spinners of Grazia, Sandie and Emily, and it’s indicated at the initiate of each division who is narrating. It is easy to tell the clash though and I never struggle with the diversification, simply because Harrison writes them all very differently. I was surprised at my feedback to Emily in this opuscule though, having loved her in the previous 2 stories, I found her to be quite dislikeable in this sole, I just couldn’t warm to her at all and found her very down and whiny all the time, which sounds awful when you think about her statuses and desperation for another offspring, but sorry, I just couldn’t bring myself to like her much! As with the previous books, there is a separate put forward channels for each of the characters, but they meet up regularly throughout the opuscule to keep the three of them intertwined with each other’s careers, although this happens perhaps less in this opuscule than the previous sole. I really enjoyed Sandie’s journey in this opuscule, I really warmed to her and wanted to read more about her and less about Emily if I am honest! Her story certainly seemed to link more to the previous books for me, perhaps because it brought her previous position of work back but I just found it very enjoyable. Grazia’s story is at the opposite result of the scale to Sandie’s, but again I found it very interesting to read, and I felt Harrison broached the subject of step-parenting and the difficulties that come with all of that superbly, it seemed sympathetic yet not too emotional – she seems to have struck the away parallel. I also liked Grazia’s vagrant, it was nice for the opuscule to leave London and Heartsease briefly and added a beat of color into the dealing too! If you’re a add fuel of the previous books, then you are most definitely going to want to read this. I found it very enjoyable overall, very easy to read and pick out-up but Emily’s story for me let it down a bit. I know that there was a point to it but I found her too negative for my liking and there wasn’t enough positives from her to pick out it back up again. There was a bit of a lack of Mystical Electronic commerce but after the reinforcements of the story over the 3 books, that was expected, and a few give rises to did shove up so I can’t moan too much! Harrison has easily slipped back into these characters, writing them with ease and when I was examination, it didn’t feel like it had a been a year since I’d last read a Mystical Shoppers opuscule. You can of course read this as a stand-alone different, enough of the tradition is explained for you to get the jist of the previous books but obviously it does work best read as the third in the series. I really enjoyed the opuscule, and do hope that Harrison will be bringing back the Mystical Electronic commerce noblewomen once more!