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The Ghosts of Winterborne

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A Review by Stuart Gutteridge 9/10/98

The final P.R.O.B.E. tale to date is probably the weakest of the series. What is most striking about this is the level of violence which at times seems unnecessary. There is also the implausible explanation of the new headmistress at Winterborne school which actually stretches credulity somewhat.

On the plus side, however, there is plenty of location work. Peter Davison`s Gavin Purcell is developed further and as a result comes across as more menacing and believable. The dream sequences are also very effective.

So to the plot: well, a book of spells, which could bring about the reappearance of Isaac Greatorex, has been stolen and falls into the hands of... you know who. As a sequel to The Devil Of Winterborne, this is actually quite thin as far as a storyline goes, but the ending actually makes up for this. Liz Shaw (Caroline John) doesn`t get any more character development; she`s just your bog-standard investigator (with a little inside knowledge), which is a shame. As an end to a promising series like the P.R.O.B.E. tales, it would have been interesting to see how she ended up.

Ghosts of Winterborne isn`t without it`s faults, but the good points outweigh the bad.