Thursday, February 17, 2011
BLOTTO, TWINKS, AND THE EX KING'S DAUGHTER by Simon Brett (Felony & Mayhem)
I rarely believe everything a publisher writes on a book cover, but this time I'm right with them—this is truly Golden Age of Mystery meets P. G. Wodehouse! Throw in Simon Brett, and there's bound to be a great time reading.
Blotto (think Bertie) and Twinks, his sister (think Jeeves), are the younger offspring of the Duke of Tawcester. Not content with being wealthy dilettantes, they collaborate to solve the murder of an unknown man in the library after the bumbling constabulary is forced to rule the death "by natural causes." Twinks, who has an uncanny ability to sniff out clues that Holmes would be hard pressed to find, convinces Blotto, who can and will explain the game of cricket to one and all, that they must solve the crime.
The chase takes them from their ancestral home, across Europe, and into Mitteleuropia, employing every cliched devise known to literature and giving the reader a most delightful romp and quite a few chuckles along the way.
Blotto and Twinks, I love you!
FTC Disclaimer - This book was supplied by the publisher.