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Andy Caplet is a struggling reporter who is socially awkward and easily frightened. Only because the normal reporter for the crime beat was injured by being thrown from a speeding car (implied that he had been gambling or a mafia encounter …) Andy is given the assignment to work with Inspector Hobbes. From that moment onward, Andy is caught in a whirlwind of mystery and intrigue. Of course, it does not help that Andy’s imagination runs away with him – he’s seeing trolls, ghouls, witches, and vampires at every turn. Then again, considering he finds himself in a freshly dug grave conversing with two ghouls and the inspector enjoys raw meat and bones, and then there is the housekeeper that collects teeth … perhaps his imagination is NOT running wild… and it seems that perhaps Inspector Hobbes has a secret of some sort.
They have to work together to solve the mysteries and unusual circumstances surrounding the robberies and a murder that are occurring throughout the town.
Wilkie Martin writes a clever crime mystery with comedy and a good deal of fantasy mixed in. One cannot help but laugh out loud at some of the antics Andy finds himself in! This is the perfect pair of crime solvers and partners in law! One cannot help but be charmed by the story and the characters.
Martin develops his characters fully, with a depth that enables the listeners to connect with them. Martin is also vivid in his descriptions placing the listener into the book.
Tim Campbell, the narrator, was equally awesome in his talented reading. Campbell became immersed in the book to the point that it was difficult to tell where he left off and the characters began. His ability to give the appropriate voice and personality to the characters was spot on; I loved hearing how his voice would become squeaky whenever Andy found himself in hot water and how confident Hobbes sounded.
If you enjoy mystery and some fantasy characters, then this is the book for you.
I encountered no audio issues and the production of this audiobook was smooth.
Audiobook was provided for review by the publisher.
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
One of the most entertaining and enjoyable books I have read this year! Kept me up till dawn finishing it. Amusing & interesting storyline .i shall look forward to the rest of the series and adventures of inspector Hobbs and company . I highly recommend the read I assure of s fun read ! Lovely narration .thank you so much!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
The story is great - plenty of twists and you feel that you’re experiencing each twist with ‘Andy’. The characters are well built and interesting and I will happily listen to the rest of the series.....
The narrator does a great job giving distinct voices for each of the characters and it is well paced and clear to listen to.
However! Whilst Tim Campbell might sound authentically British a lot of the time - he does have some very odd pronunciations - that almost hurt! Andy’s voice is written as less posh than it is read and I found this a little jarring too.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Not laugh out loud but very comical. Read book before listening so I knew what was about to occur but the narrator bought the characters to life. Well worth a read and listen.
The greatest part of this story was the characters you DON'T follow. Hobbes is a fascinating character that is left just out of reach of the reader. Mrs Goodfellow is a mysterious delight. Trolls, ghouls, menacing bar owners and hearse driving dwarves abound, entertaining us and offering smiles.
But we follow Andy. A 37 year old bumbling idiot who I thought for the greater part of the book had to be 18. He does nothing to show the reader how on earth he had made it this far in life. I assume he is meant to be comic relief, yet there is never a NEED for it. The story, whilst enjoyable, never requires a tension break... Just a break from Andy. An emotionally stunted man, he does nothing to gain the readers liking and constantly feels like he has only ever tripped into situations, making us feel like peeping Toms into the world of Hobbes.
Hobbes makes it worth it, though. I wanted to follow this character and the narrators gravely voice gives Hobbes the feeling of larger than life.
All in all, a firm 3 stars. Perhaps a hard copy would read more pleasantly, as the narrator does pace the story like a drama, leaving any comedy to the crickets.