Inspector Hobbes and the Bones
There’s going to be trouble. Andy Caplet’s wife goes away, someone is out to get him, and he loses nearly everything in a storm. Amazing both himself and his unhuman friend Inspector Hobbes, he heroically rescues flood victims and uncovers something shocking.
Is Andy being set up for blackmail by the apparently charming young woman who attempts to seduce him, or is somethi
'Call me an ambulance'. 'You're an ambulance'.
Inspector Hobbes and the Bones is book 4, and I never start off in the middle of a series, let alone at the end of one. (Although, I'd hope that Wilkie Martin is penning another!)
Anyway, seeing this on NetGalley, (albeit, last year, me bad, sorry NG, I'm on it) I have to own up, it was the cover that inially intrigued me. The artwork was zingy ...more
How does this mirror book one? He's living in the same flat as he was in book 1. It gets destroyed and moves back in with Hobbes. He' ...more
The story is told from the perspective of a restaurant reviewer Andy Caplet who occasionally helps his friend Inspector Hobbes solve mysteries.
There is nothing supernatural about Andy: he is a perfectly ordinary guy who adores his wife, Daphne, and suffers from frequent bouts of self-doubt. However, ...more
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 apar ...more
World: The world building is done well, it’s very nonchalant like the rest of the series and as I’ve said the supernatural is very light and only comes when the story needs it, the rest of it is pretty small English town like Hot Fuzz. The new pieces are interesting this time around and the new location of Andy makes for some nice new faces for the story.
Story: Cozy and tidy is the order of the day. The book moves along well and the story is charming and low ...more
The writer's style is also very easy-going and it feels very natural to read. My only problem with the writing was the seemingly constant use of the wo ...more
Sme of it is qute vague - we never really find out what type of undead creature Hobbes or his landlady Mrs Goodfellow are. This is book 4 so it may have been covered else where but it's not repeated here. I sort of thought the ba ...more
This book is a light hearted, easy to read story where the main characters Inspector Hobbes and Andy Caplet are strongly based/linked to Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. With the interesting twist that we find Inspector Hobbes is undead (or unhuman) and is a vaguely interesting character. ...more
This, he’d stated, was neither a punishment, nor that my name had sprung to mind as a competent and reliable reporter. It was because no one else was available. Such remarks, typical of the man, made me question why I worked for him. I wouldn’t have, had I believed anyone else would employ me, and had I dared hand in my notice, for the Editorsaurus was a big, scary man, yet neither as big or scary as Hobbes, if rumours were to be believed … and I beli ...more
This book is genuinely hilarious. We meet Hobbes, an Inspector infamous for his ability to solve strange mystery cases and with him, we meet Andy an amateur detective but really, just an average common man. Old friends. With Andy's wife setting out for Egypt, it is likely Andy won't manage on his own, and with a fun, but mostly bizarre, turn of events he manages to stay over at Hobbes and re-lives their days together, fighting crime.
You can't not enj ...more
I do enjoy the Hobbes books, this one picks up a couple of years after the last one in the series. Andy is married, his restaurant column is going well, and is going to be syndicated, he's even managed to stay out of hospital. Until his wife goes off to Egypt on an archaeological dig, his flat gets destroyed by a falling tree, and he ends up back living with Hobbes. As well as getting dragged into a m ...more
"Inspector Hobbes and the Bones" ta ...more
Inspector Hobbes and the Bones is marketed as “This is the fourth in Wilkie Martin’s unhuman series of standalone cosy comedy crime fantasies” and that it’s not necessary to read the other books in the series and I’m sorry to say I disagree slightly. While it isn’t 100% necessary to read the preceding books as the narrative from Andy Caplet – a slightly eccentric and clumsy reporter – does give insight into the pre ...more
Author: Wilkie Martin
Publisher: The Witcherley Book Company
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub-Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy; Humorous; Cozy Mystery; Satire
Reviewed For: NetGalley and The Witcherley Book Company
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Inspector Hobbes, the unhuman inspector and an ever changing cast of housegues ...more
Publisher: The Witcherley Book Company
Publishing Date: December 2016
Publishers Description: There’s going to be trouble. Andy Caplet’s wife goes away, someone is out to get him, and he loses nearly everything in a storm. Amazing both himself and his unhuman friend Inspector Hobbes, he heroically rescues flood victims and uncovers something shocking.
Review: Andy continues to stumble along in the footsteps of Ho ...more
I haven't read the previous three books yet, as I received this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Normally, I don't enter a series in mid-swing, but with this one I simply didn't have much choice. Despite myself being thrown in the cold water, the author did a good job o ...more
I have read all three of the Inspector Hobbs stories and have thoroughly enjoyed each one. They are such eclectic and unusual stories they keep you interested and entertained till the very end. I would love to find out more about the mysterious backgrounds of Hobbs and Mrs. Goodfellow. I sometimes wanted to smack Andy around for his laziness and being so self absorbed, but his clumsiness was entertaining and his character fit in nicely with the rest of the characters. I hope Mr. M ...more
It's very similar to book one, it "features" a relationship which seems only to exist for angst and - maybe this is because I was listening to it on audiobook - the last chapter seems really out of place. Everything seemed wrapped up and then BANG! more stuff.... just because?
Not a fan.
Read a sample of the books:
Inspector Hobbes and the Blood - unhuman I http://book2look.com/vBook.aspx?id=ZrFHGPVxgR
'fun and entertaining' Carol