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Inspector Hobbes and the Blood: Comedy Crime Fantasy (Unhuman Book 1) Kindle Edition
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'Odd, inventive, and genuinely very funny indeed' Katie Jarvis, Cotswold Life--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- ASIN : B00E45A2M8
- Publisher : The Witcherley Book Company (12 January 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 1197 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 313 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0957635109
- Best Sellers Rank: 80,753 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The narrator Andy, is an accident prone idiot who whimpers and shrieks or jumps and vomits at every odd little thing. He's annoying as hell for the first 80% of the book before somehow redeeming himself.
The comical disasters, word play, puns and comical misunderstandings are incredibly heavy handed and largely unfunny but there is a good natured warmth to proceedings.
But there's just about enough good stuff to warrant another go.
It's a cheerful romp but perhaps not entirely original - I can't help but notice similarities to the much superior Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch. The humour comes thick and fast but is neurotic, over explained and overworked, if not actually beaten to death with a tickling stick, as if Wilkie Martin is terrified that we won't get the joke. It does improve a little as the book progresses and I was interested enough to take a look at the second in the series.
'A fast paced comedy crime fantasy' sounded like just the thing I needed.
It's okay, the writing isn't terrible, the story isn't too bad and the whole thing hangs together well enough to stagger along, though the pace isn't exactly what one would call 'fast'. Not in the slightest. Be warned, there are lots of awful puns, and terrible jokes and not necessarily for the better.
I do have issues with the book, which were initially distracting & eventually irritating, leading me to skip over any mentions of food, weather or car journeys.
* There are repeated, extensive, gushing descriptions of food and meals. So much so, that there seemed more emphasis on food than plot.
* The continual bodice ripping overwrought state of Andy Capstan, and specifically repeated descriptions to his reaction to car journeys with Hobbes.
* An encounter in a graveyard with two ghouls & the effect, or lack of, on our hero. It was totally incongruous reaction which didn't warrant much extensive thought and I felt somehow cheated that there wasn't more use of this as a plot device compared to attention given to food or Andys constant shrieking.
I'm up to page 200 in paperback edition, and it's now a slog. It's not offensive, but the dad joke style humour, gushing food descriptions and overwrought AmDram reactions detract from what plot there is and are simply overused & feel like filler.
I've noticed a few others on here commenting about the author's use of commas and sentence structure in general. This is often appalling and has the effect of stopping you dead part way through a sentence because you've lost the thread. Some sentences I've had to read through three or four times because it's so hard to work out the sequence of events. "Walking home, I turned on the TV..." What, you were carrying the TV with you? Or you had a really good remote control? The book is littered with things like this and it ruins my concentration and jerks me out of the flow of the story.
On top of all this, I just can't get behind any book where characters are referred to as a "git" with such regularity. If you want to slag someone off, English is a wonderful language for the job. Why limit yourself?