I have to admit, I requested this book on Netgalley because it sounded like a fun book to read.
I mean check out the blurb!:
‘I was grateful for having been born human’
There’s going to be trouble. Andy Caplet’s wife goes away, someone is out to get him, and he loses nearly 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 apparently charming young woman who attempts to seduce him, or is something even more sinister afoot? Hobbes certainly believes so, and he’s getting worried.
This is the fourth in Wilkie Martin’s unhuman series of standalone cozy comedy crime fantasies.
Suitable for teenage and upwards. Set in the English Cotswolds and featuring the unhuman British detective Inspector Hobbes as told by the chaotic reporter Andy Caplet. It is not necessary to have read the previous books in the series.
I have never read any of Wilkie Martin’s Inspector Hobbes books, and as you can see from the final paragraph, you don’t need to.
My Netgalley review was written as so:
Instantly reminded me, of course, of Sherlock Holmes. Was quite surprised that this book contained a side of the ‘supernatural’ but found it quite a funny read, as ‘Andy’ is a rather funny narrator.
To add a bit more bumpf to my short and precise Netgally review, from the first chapter, I knew this was written in a sort-of Sherlock Holmes style. Something which I thoroughly enjoyed. I do love a good mystery and as the case is solved at the end of the book, it makes a nice read. There’s no cliff-hangers!!
The supernatural sections of the book did surprise me, I was not expecting the mention of vampires and Inspector Hobbes ‘crunching his bones’, but it added a side of humor to the book, especially with the main characters, Andy, take on the whole thing and seeming, very much, out of his depth.
I highly recommend this book to lovers of Sherlock Holmes and crime fiction, as well as an interest in the supernatural themes, as there are sections in this book.
If you’ve read Inspector Hobbes and the Bones or any of the other series, please do let me know in the comments below.