Review: Inspector Hobbes and the Curse by Wilkie Martin


Publisher: The Witcherley Book Company
Publishing Date: October 2013
ISBN: 9780957635135
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4.2/5

Publisher Description: This is the second in Wilkie Martin’s humorous mystery series unhuman. Set in the Cotswolds, this installment in the adventures of Inspector Hobbes, Mrs. Goodfellow and Dregs is narrated by the ever disaster-prone Andy Caplet. It can be read as a stand-alone novel and is suitable for a wide readership from teenage upwards. It will appeal to anyone with a quirky sense of humour. It is a rip roaring, funny and moving tale of Andy’s infatuation with a dangerously beautiful woman, starting off during investigations into sheep deaths and the mysterious disappearance of pheasants. These incidents appear to be connected to a rash of big cat sightings, and something horrible seems to be lurking in the woods. Is Andy cursed to be always unsuccessful in love, or is the curse something much darker, something that will arouse his primeval terrors?

Review: Cover art is kind of Scooby Doo-esque.

This was a light hearted fantasy novel with funny instances and observational humor of the dry kind. Andy is kind of a trusting/bumbling good hearted kid a little down on his luck. He lives with inspector Hobbes whose human tendencies are suspect. Like getting upset to the point where he eats raw cow tails, fur and all, on the living room floor. Mrs. Goodfellow (collector of human teeth) finds this a normal course of behavior which leaves you wondering if she is in on it, or not human either. At least they are self-directed in an honest capacity.

Two large panthers and some werewolves are prowling about town at the same time a few murders are uncovered. This is kind of the classic whodunit with a fantasy twist. The subsequent course of events leading up to an unresolved ending is fun and not to be taken too seriously.

The characters are lovable and/or interesting, hence fairly well developed. The scenes are well done and coupled nicely to a solid story-line. This novel makes no demands upon your psyche. All told I had fun relaxing with this novel, cigar in hand.