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 something even more sinister afoot? Hobbes certainly believes so, and he’s getting worried.
Why did I pick this up?: Truthfully, I kept seeing it, it had an intriguing cover and it was in my sort of genre. When something seems to show up all over the place, sometimes I pick it up just because I need something to read.
Good points: A take on Sherlock Holmes with some ‘unhuman’ elements, sure, count me in. The daft puns had me laughing a few times (I like bad puns, okay, so sue me), and I quite liked Hobbes as a character. The more ‘unhuman’ characters we came across, the more intrigued I was by the world and the setting. I wanted to know more about the world, but not necessarily the characters. Which brings me to…
Quibbles: It sort of feels like it’s been done. I know that sounds awful, but I read a lot of things like urban fantasy, detective stories, mysteries… and it’s very difficult to come up with something new and unique in that genre. Especially with your own take on Sherlock Holmes. It just didn’t do it.
Overview (TL;DR): It was a nice read, but nothing to write home about. Some bad (good) puns, and sadly nothing that stood out as a wow factor.