Who Sent Clement?
Beth Baxter, owner of a not-very-successful book shop, is planning her marriage to Karl — or, at least she was. Without warning, Beth suddenly finds herself embroiled in a sinister series of events that threaten to destroy everything she holds dear.
I really enjoyed The '86 Fix and it's follow up so I was interested to see where the author would go next. Not strictly a time travel story, yet it sort of is by way of it being a reverse Life on Mars in that the person out of time claims to be from the 70s.
I don't want to spoil the plot. so let me just s ...more
I wasn't far off.
Minus the time travel element and 80's nostalgia of the author's previous work (both a great combination btw!), this too is built on a little inexplicable premise without going through the trouble of attempting to explain the nitty gritty details - which suits the story just fine!
Just who did send Clement to help out a lady in a spot of troubl ...more
I loved the story and the characters. The suspension of disbelief was easy to grasp, as the tone created by the writer was skilled and well judged. However, the book needed a good edit. The first quarter, until Clement arrived could’ve been cut by 60% and the whole book could’ve been cut by30%. Despite this, the book is worth preserving with and the waffle is still pleasing. A big fan of the Broadhall novels, this did not reach those heights. But I will continue to support this indie ...more
It was a very long audiobook (good for lockdown), but I also found it irritating. The main character - I can'tr even remember her name and I just fini ...more
and then a big strange man appears out of no where
is he there to help or to hinder
its a great story and great read, well written and good pace
Beth's in trouble, her life falling to pieces, bit by bit. Help arrives in an unusual form. Pearson subtly weaves together Beth's personal awakening (swift kick in the...) and Clement's unique adventurous problem solving... er... methods.
I waited impatiently for Clement to make his appearance, and my pertinacity was well rewarded. Without even a heralding thunderclap, Clement arrived on the scene fully fleshed out, complete with mannerisms and a certain way of speaking. I crin ...more
Well written with a clever storyline, believable characters and bit of humor. ...more
NOTE: Pearson could certainly do with an editor. The hyper-correction of “and I” rather than “and me” after prepositions is more than a little irritating, and he does it Every Single Time. There’s also a scattering of bear/bare errors. It is also annoying that no one drinks/downs/gulps/anything—they “neck” it. They always “neck” it. Always. But by far, the most obvious ...more
I save five stars for stories that take the top of my head off. That said, I rate this 4 out of five. It's entertaining, and I was rooting for the characters. They didn't make choices that left me saying, "Don't do it, stupid!"
Without spoilers, Clement (dead since 75) has been sent to work out penance by helping a woman whose dad died in a car accident when she was still just a child. He's a solid, physical presence, so she doesn't exactlt believe him. But she does ...more
So far so good. The story bounds along at a good rate and the writing is clear and concise. The storyline is ok without being very memorable. The conceit that runs through it, as to whether he is or isn't who he says he is, gets a bit repetitive. All in all it is ha ...more
Clement is a flawed '70's fairy godmother and he's awesome. Without getting too much into spoilers he pops in (and then out) of people's lives, helping out where needed to atone for his past crimes. So far (I've read 3) each book is dedicated to one person that needs help and once Clement's mission is complete he moves ...more
Sheer escapism, ( just what we all need right now) is how I would describe “Meeting Mungo Thunk” and “Who Sent Clement”.
I have already bought my third read and can’t wait to follow Clement’s escapades.
The books are both touching and funny, with a lovely light moral message. I couldn’t wait to metaphorically turn the Kindle page to find out how th ...more
The book was a solid page turner, nothing too taxing and a great pairing of characters: Beth (our protagonist) and Clement the deuteragonist. They go on an adventure to find some gold to pay off a local gangster for a debt that Beth doesn't owe.
I just enjoyed the journey of following these two as trapiese through London, test their awkward boundaries and continue to question ...more
Beth Baxter is a thirty something women running a sad little used book store. Once upon a time she had a lovely childhood, but at the loss of her father, things changed. She grew up, finished an advance degree and lived through a few lousy relationships. When faced with danger and worry for herself and mother it seemed her life was one long sad tale. But then Clement appeared.
Beautifully written with characters you will be able to both relate too and feel for, t ...more
All reviews are personal and many will disagree. The book will probably appeal to those who prefer a cosy mystery ...more
I'm a big fan of Keith Pearson's books and this one is no exception.
It's part time travel, part thriller, part comedy - a story about a female bookshop owner who finds herself in the debt of a monster through no fault of her own.
Out of nowhere appears her saviour. A man called Clement who claims he died in the 1970s.
The chemistry between the bookshop owner, Beth, and the huge bruiser, Clement, is charming. Clement is befuddled by modern life (to amusing eff ...more
To be honest, I was just looking for a light read. What I discovered was was a very well written book. The characters were so well drawn, I could picture them as I read. The story itself had me laughing, thinking and feeling sad, sometimes all in the space of one page.
For me, once I started reading I finally found that the well worn slogan "Couldn't put it down" actually can be true and certainly applies to this novel.
Looking forward to readin ...more
Very enjoyable and well written. It's difficult to dislike Clement despite his Sweeney style characterisation and he gets away with it by his sheer presence on the page.
Just like the time travel shows such as Life on Mars we allow for the casual sexism and use of language that would never be tolerated now simply because he is of his time and despite this Clement remains a force for good and for this alone we applaud him. Long may be live.....or is it relive in his case ! ...more
Loved this book, Clement is a brilliant character and I really enjoyed reading about his methods to help our protagonist to pay off the bad guy! Lots of themes covered, love, loss, and the best type of ending - happy, but with the option of more adventures for Clement. As guardian angels go, he isn't like Clarence from 'It's a Wonderful Life'! A real entertaining read! ...more
Can't wait for more from this awesome indie author. ...more
This author is new to me but I have already bought his next book in the series. I want to read it immediately but I loved this book so much the characters, the funny plot lines and the wonderful writing I am going to read Andrew Marrs History of the World to slow me down and when it gets too heavy I will think of Clement and his friends and look forward to it all the more. Thankyou
As a CW student i was interested how Keith writes as a woman. He does it well. And he writes in first person present tense. And he sustains this throughout. excellent. I'm a new fan. ...more
I loved this book the dynamics between the two main characters was intriguing. The fact they were both out of their depth provided some funny and memorable moments. The character of Mr Sinclair I hated on first reading, as this was the supposed reaction to a nasty and devious character. Keith writes with a no nonsense ATTITUDE which I love. I hope my first e-book is as good as this. Loved it.
I don't want to give any spoilers if you haven't read this book or another in the series, but Who Sent Clement is a fast moving, rollocking good tale. Beth Baxter is facing some serious trouble when suddenly, and literally, Clement appears. He claims he has been sent to put her life right again. But who is Clement and where did he come from? A light read, but one I couldn't put down. Highly recommended. ...more
What a fantastic book, i stumbled on it by chance, have just finished reading the last middle falls time travel books by Shawn Inmon. I was looking for more of the same and remebered reading The 86 fix and Beyond Broadhall a few years back and really enjoying them, so decided to see if Keith had written any more time travel books. Couldn't see any but did discover Clement. Sort of time travel story. Great character, great story can't wait to read the next one ...more