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Inspector Hobbes and the Bones

(Unhuman #4)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  972 ratings  ·  102 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 319 pages
Published December 16th 2016 by The Witcherley Book Company
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Neal Hackett He has a you tube channel. I did ask him if he will make a 5th, and he replied he is planning to do one. I really hope he does.

He has a you tube channel. I did ask him if he will make a 5th, and he replied he is planning to do one. I really hope he does.

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Lisa *OwlBeSatReading*
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cccfcm, crime, mystery, cosy, humour
Oh deary, deary me, I've gone against everything I believe in. The Order of Which One Should Read a Series.

'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
Ivonne Rovira
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: serious punsters
Recommended to Ivonne by: NetGalley
Inspector Hobbes isn’t quite human; that’s not a spoiler. Even readers, like myself, who are new to the series will figure out soon enough that Hobbes is centuries old and more intelligent that we mere humans. Just as Sherlock Holmes has his Dr. John Watson, Hobbes has his Andy Caplet, an accident-prone newspaperman just one notch above imbecile. The novel begins with someone making several attempts on Caplet’s life. When a storm ruins Caplet’s apartment, he moves back in with Hobbes, which lead ...more
Silvia Kay
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I am known to gravitate towards fantasy, but I do enjoy a good cosy mystery from time to time, so I was very excited when I first heard about this book as it promised to be a mixture of both genres.
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,
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
Worst in the series, imo. This felt like a worse version of book 1. It mirrors it supremely. Andy is married (gag) to the chick in book 3. I don't even know why that's a thing in this series. They were married and two years passed by this book but it's not touched on at all. She's not even in the book until the very end. It was just like a nonsense source of angst.

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'
Wing Kee
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
A time jump makes all the difference.

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
My original Inspector Hobbes and the Bones audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

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
Kirsty ❤️
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this. It's charming and bonkers. Charmingly bonkers if you will.There are so many puns you'll be groaning at least once a page. Andy is the Watson to Hobbes undead Sherlock; following him everywhere, having some dangerous excitment and then writing all about it.

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
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
All I can say is Wilke Martin, please continue to write! Love the wit and humor. For those going our of order, it’s a bit better to go sequentially as some of the humor builds.
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: male-author
This book is so charming, from the setting to the characters, and it's just good fun. I was almost overwhelmed by the charming, cosy feel to this book. It's a mystery but it's not dark and edgy, unlike the other mysteries that have dominated for the past couple of years, instead it's almost comforting and I really enjoyed this aspect of the book.

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
David Stringer
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is the fourth book of a series of 'unhuman' crime mysteries, which unfortunately I haven't read prior to reading this instalment, so it's possible this has taken something away from what's going on, for me.

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.
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, arc, e-books
Andy Caplet is feeling lonely as his wife has left for a job. He is shot by an air rifle, almost hit by a car, a beautiful girl seduced him and a picture of the incident is taken. If that is not enough, a major storm occurs that night and a large tree crashed into his apartment. He survived and went to stay with Inspector Hobbs. The storm continues and the river begins to flood. While rescuing those trap in the water, Inspector Hobbs discovers bones blocking the flow of the water. Andy is shown ...more
kartik narayanan
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read the full review at my blog Digital Amrit

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
Saarah Niña
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The laugh out loud, puzzling, kind of funny

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
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Arguably the weakest entry into the series. While Hobbes, Mrs. Goodfellow and most of the side characters are as charming as usual, the problem child is once again narrator/protagonist Andy Caplet. While Wilkie Martin developed the character quiet nicely throughout the previous two novels, turning him from an annoying human catastrophe into a still unlucky and accident-prone, slightly dense but ultimately likable scatterbrain, Unhuman #4 feels like a step back.

"Inspector Hobbes and the Bones" ta
Colin Murtagh
Full disclosure, i received this book free from in exchange for an honest review.
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
Janet Mahlum
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Once again, a very funny listen. Poor Andy. He just never gets it and is the world's biggest klutz. Featherlight stated he didn't see how Andy could walk and breathe at the same time. Disaster seems to follow Andy relentlessly. His wife goes to Egypt for a dig and things go badly downhill for Andy. I didn't think this was quite as good as the first 3 books, but good enough. I love the characters.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Original and entertaining

With such a lovable, endearing and outlandish cast of characters, this is a happy, cozy and fun series. A 4 instead of 5 only because the narrator sometimes is unbearably dense, but he's charming in his own way.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it
This was entertaining and I like the premise of the series and Inspector Hobbes but I found Andy very annoying, if it wasn't for the fact that I was reading this on my phone whilst breastfeeding my baby on a nighttime I am not sure I would have finished it.
DelAnne Frazee
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Inspector Hobbes and the Bones - Humorous Cotswold British Detective Cozy Mystery - unhuman Book 4
Author: Wilkie Martin
Publisher: The Witcherley Book Company
Published: 12-16-2016
Pages: 329
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub-Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy; Humorous; Cozy Mystery; Satire
ISBN: 9781910302040
Reviewed For: NetGalley and The Witcherley Book Company
Reviewer: DelAnne
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Inspector Hobbes, the unhuman inspector and an ever changing cast of housegues
Alice at Raptureinbooks
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Publisher: The Witcherley Book Company

Publishing Date: December 2016

ISBN: 9781910302040

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.6/5

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
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Marie (UK)
Jul 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Ok so i have to admit i might have been better reading book 1 in the series first - but i got this book for free. I have no idea why the ratings are so high or even what this book is about. As far as I can tell Inspector Hobbes is a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Ben Aaronovich's Inspector Nightingale. Andy Caplet could be Andy Capp form the Comic Strip or Watson Or Peter Grant and lets not get onto who or what Mrs Goodfellow the housekeeper is meant to be. The storyline jumps from here to th ...more
Timothy VanderWall
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, fantasy
This installment in the Unhuman series finds hapless Andy Caplet again staying with Inspector Hobbes, the not-quite-human police detective. Andy's wife is on a geological dig in Egypt and Andy's home has been crushed by a huge tree during a violent storm, causing it to be uninhabitable. While Andy and Hobbes are helping evacuate storm victims, they discover a body or two or three (or more). Are these relics from medieval times? Could one be the result of a recent homicide? Here begins the most r ...more
Alice Teets
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
A thoroughly enjoyable read! Hobbes and Andy remind me of Hercule Poroit and Hastins, with Andy being much more incompetent. However, he often attempts to be heroic, ignoring his inner voice urging him to be cautious, which makes me like him even more. This is the fourth entry in this series, and I read it without reading any of the previous ones. Although I think it would be preferable to read them in sequence, and I intend to read the others, I found that I could follow along in this book with ...more
Josepha Dattore
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another winner.

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
Kevin Vrieze
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great 4th book in what one hopes is a long series. Admittedly a bit difficult to get used to the first volume, but by number four it is like visiting old friends. I disagree with the cover notes calling this a "madcap' series. The humor is wonderful, but is not in the usual range of what one might call madcap. The storyline with the "others" is very nicely done and tied together throughout the book. I have to say it kept me going right to the last page. Daphne has almost a cameo appearance, whic ...more
Eric  Overkamp
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wilkie Martin's fourth installment of the Inspector Hobbes series (cosy comedy crime fantasies), titled 'Inspector Hobbes and the Bones', was definitely the quirkiest book I've read in 2017!

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
Charlotte Pattison-Rideout
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic read! Being a big fan of Terry Pratchett's humour and Ben Aaronovitch's 'PC Grant' series, I am thrilled to have found this new Unhuman series. Obviously, I'm late to the party as Book 4 is the first one I had heard of or read but I will definitely be going back to read the previous three. The titular Inspector Hobbes is mysterious and unflappingly heroic and he (?) is, well sort of, capably supported by Andy, who gets more book time than the lead but is well worth it. Full of w ...more
Lucy Saint-smith
Jan 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: given-up
I'm afraid I didn't get very far with this book (first 10%) because the writing grated on me intensely. It felt as if the writer was aiming for a Wodehouse-like light comedy style but missed the mark. It read as very amateurish and I didn't even smile once. It has received good reviews from others, so it seems like this is a matter of personal taste but I thought it was awful. I was reviewing an ARC provided by Net galley.
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Wilkie Martin sets his Unhuman series of novels in the Cotswolds, where he lives. He introduces readers to a close-knit, small-town community filled with quirky and occasionally dangerous inhabitants, and an ‘unhuman’ policeman who maintains law and order.
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Inspector Hobbes and the Blood - unhuman I

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Unhuman (4 books)
  • Inspector Hobbes and the Blood (Unhuman #1)
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  • Inspector Hobbes and the Gold Diggers (Unhuman #3)
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