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Poor Andy Caplet has not lost his touch as he is still a bungling, unlucky and major sad sack. He’s been married for two years and suddenly finds himself promoted. That is the end of his good luck since his wife has left him, he has been accosted by a beautiful woman, had his photo taken in a compromising position, been shot in the butt, almost been run over and a tree fell on his apartment. Facing blackmail and nowhere to live he finds himself back at Hobbes and Mrs. Goodfellow’s home. And then the fun begins!
The Sly people lurk in the background until murder brings them out in the open. Hilarity ensues as Andy and Hobbes along with Dregs and Billy solve the crime. Andy really is an accident waiting to happen, but he is fiercely loyal and somehow finds the strength – ok, sorta – to hold his own and be saved!
I love this series of audiobooks; they just keep getting better! Martin does an excellent job of weaving a fun, hearty tale mixed with a heavy dose of comedy and mystery into one highly entertaining series. Never a boring minute with Hobbes or Andy around!
The narrator, Tim Campbell, does an entertaining job of narrating the book. Campbell is Andy Caplet and Hobbes and Mrs. Goodfellow. Each character has their own voice and personality which Campbell captures and portrays unerringly.
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I have come to look forward to each new book! Wonderful fun !the inspector wins your heart the storylines are entertains and I always start reading or listening until quite finished. Look forward to the next please soon! Narration is perfect ! Very much enjoyed the listen.i highly recommend the series!
I’ve listened to all 4 of Inspector Hobbs books by Wilkie Martin. I didn’t think I would like them as they are not my usual read. I was pleasantly surprised. They are sort of crime novels with lots of slapstick comedy. Set in a small Cotswold town, Inspector Hobbes Books (Inspector Hobbs and the Blood, The Curse, The Gold Diggers and The Bones) are fast-paced comedy, mystery and fantasy books about the adventures of Andy, an incompetent reporter. Andy gets sacked from his job as he is no good at it, his flat catches fire the same night and he is rescued by Hobbs and ends up staying in Inspector Hobb’s spare room. Contending with murder, suicide, and robbery, as well as Hobbes's weirdness, is the just the start; he must also get to grips with Mrs. Goodfellow, Hobbes's eccentric old housekeeper who teaches marital arts and who’s wonderful cooking, he feels is the best in the world, plus a huge dog named Dregs rescued by Hobbs. The three of them solve various crimes together (well Hobbs does), Andy is a bit of an idiot and very accident prone which makes for some funny slapstick scenes. He meets some of Hobb’s friends, a Troll, a Vampire, a Dwarf, a Warewolf who act more human than their lineage expects of them, together with a very large pub landlord with a bad temper, who become Andy's friends as well. A great listen and a good laugh. Brilliantly narrated by Tim Campbell who does a very good job of all the different voices.
Listen to all four in three days. Amusing and made me laugh out loud . I reckon this might be the best so far.