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Blotto, Twinks and the Dead Dowager Duchess: Blotto, Twinks #2 Paperback – January 16, 2012
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I love Simon Brett's books and this series is just a perfect example of them. He has mastered the perfect blend of satire and mystery to make the book delightful. With a hilarious cast of characters (including the amateur sleuth who's a strange mixture of all the "negative" qualities of Poirot, Holmes, Wimsey and even Miss Marple), abundant witty dialogue and laugh-out-loud descriptions and plays on words, this parody is sure to delight any fans of P.G. Wodehouse and Golden Age mysteries. I certainly enjoyed it!
Meet Blotto, the Honorable and his sister Twinks. Both are beautiful and honorable representations of their class, but Twinks, seems to have gotten the brains meant for both of them. Twinks and Blotto attend the customary English House Party Weekend, complete with a polymath amateur sleuth (not in this case them) only to discover that their hostess has been murdered and the amateur sleuth has gotten quite the wrong end of the stick in accusing Blotto's chauffeur, a man so loyal he is literally willing to die for the pair of them, even if that means being hanged for a crime he didn't commit. Again, this is portrayed as humor, but again there is no balance. Blotto and Twinks hare off on a madcap adventure to find the real murderer that leads them through an opium den and the odd castle and the headquarters of those of the oikish classes not prepared to stay in their place.
As lighthearted fare, Blotto and Twinks mysteries are fine, but don't rise above the imitation of Wodehouse that is so obviously intended and don't rise above this because none of the characters ever rises above cliche.Read more ›
While the Dowager Duchess of Tawcester accuses her rival the dead Melmont of doing anything to gain a societal edge, Snitterings the butler sends for Constable Trumbull and Sergeant Knatchbull. Guest amateur sleuth Troubadour Bligh accuses the Tawcester chauffeur Corky Froggett of murdering the Dead Dowager Duchess. Blotto and Twinks know Corky is innocent so they investigate the homicide that leads them to evil League of the Crimson Hand
This is a fun P. G. Wodehouse-light satire of the 1920s manners mysteries in which idle wealthy aristocrats solve cases while simpering moronic constables provide comic relief. As a case against in-breeding Blotto turns into a detractor as he proves IQs can be negative numbers with his incessant need for a zillion explanations mostly from his patient brilliant sibling. Still overall the second Blotto, Twinks aristocratic amateur sleuth (see Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King's Daughter) is an amusing parody as a name by any other name is still a name.
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As such, Blotto and Twinks can be habit-forming, though predictable. The characters are pretty straightforward upper-class representations of those one expects to meet in this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chris Urago
The unflappable Blotto and Twinks take on a murder, a frame-up, and an international conspiracy. Is no plot twist safe? Great fun.Published 22 months ago by Tilia Klebenov Jacobs