Synopsis: There’s going to be trouble. Andy Caplet’s wife goes away, someone is out to get him, and he nearly loses everything in a storm. Amazing both himself and his unhuman friend Inspector Hobbes, he heroically rescues flood victims and uncovers something shocking. Is Andy being set up for blackmail by the apparantly charming yung woman who attempts to seduce hime, or is something even more sinister afoot? Hobbes certainly believes so ad he’s worried.
Me: I loved this. It’s charming and bonkers. Charmingly bonkers if you will.There are so many puns you’ll be groaning at least once a page. Andy is the Watson to Hobbes undead Sherlock; following him everywhere, having some dangerous excitment and then writing all about it.
Some of it is qute vague – we never really find out what type of undead creature Hobbes or his landlady Mrs Goodfellow are. This is book 4 so it may have been covered else where but it’s not repeated here. I sort of thought the bad guys were fairies but seeing as one of them behaves like a praying mantis and eatng her victims now I’m not so sure. And I think that adds to the fun a bit. There’s an air of mystery about these characters as we never fully know who or what they are.
The catalogue of disasters that Andy suffers with is almost as frequent as the puns. I wonder how he’s still alive and everyone seems to know more about what’s going on than him even whenn he’s in the thick of the action.
The language is quite simple and it makes for easy reading. It’s a fun crime read (not often I get to type that) and whizzes along at speed. I loved that everything stops for tea (and dinner, breakfast and supper too). No crime is too big that you can’t have your evening meal before going out to arrest someone.
It’s just nuts. And I loved it. I will have to go back now and read the other three. Big thumbs up