- File Size: 1781 KB
- Print Length: 211 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1946215023
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dapper Fox Publishing; 2 edition (September 30, 2014)
- Publication Date: September 30, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NH4BWLM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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The story starts with Harold the cleaner, who while doing cleanup in an office block finds a body with half a head – the rest of the head having been spattered all over the office. ‘Bugger’ is all Harold can say.
Then, in come Eddie and Rex. A couple of hapless friends who can’t even hold on to jobs as do-nothing rent-a-cops in a shopping mall (Eddie can’t hold on to his girlfriend Melinda either), they decide to become private detectives. Actually, Rex decides, and Eddie just tags along. Things get really weird when they end up renting the murder office and decide to solve the still unsolved killing.
If you like your humor shoveled on in the style of ‘The Three Stooges,’ or ‘Laurel and Hardy,’ you’ll love Catchee Monkey. I can’t say I really understood how the title relates to the story – but, I was laughing so hard, I forgot why I couldn’t understand it. A truly funny book that I highly recommend.
I'm looking forward to the next book!
One big problem while reading - I had a cold and every time I'd laugh I'd start coughing <g>
Thanks for a good laugh!
A fun read with a cast of unique characters and events. Billy the Quid is in the running for most puntastic character name ever, just fantastic.
Looking forward to the next in the series!
~The Downfall of Prempeh, by Major R S S Baden-Powell, 1896, in his diary of his activities in what is now Ghana in 1895-6. Powell was also the founder of the Boy Scouts.
Well, the one thing Rex and Eddie do have is patience. Things they don't have?
Money, a private investigator's license, a reliable automobile, a clue as to what they're doing...
After losing their jobs as mall cops, Eddie and Rex open a detective agency. Things go from bad to worse as the accident-prone duo move into their new office space only to discover a dead body outline and big blood stains on the floor. Ah, well...at least they have their first case - who killed the previous tenant?
The boys manage to bumble from one fine mess to another. But, fortune occasionally smiles on them, and at one time, they think they've even got the monkey all ... catcheed:
"Well done, Rex. We solved the case."
Rex struggled to find the words as he put on his seat belt. "It's just that it's not what I expected. I wanted a femme fatale, a couple of double crossings, a big reveal, you know, a car chase."
"Sorry Rex, but real detective work is time-consuming and monotonous." He started the car and drove down the country lane. "In real life, it's hard work and due diligence that pays off. Now, let's get a beer."
Rex perked up. "Uh, Eddie."
"It's okay. There no need to thank me."
"No, it's just, well, a black SUV is following us." Rex pointed at the rear-view mirror. Eddie saw the black SUV catch up to them. He didn't know what was worse: the thought of being followed, or that Rex was excited about it.
I don't think it's giving anything away to say that Rex will get his wish for detective-type thrills, including real gangsters toting real guns. Fun, mayhem and free doughnuts follow.
My only problem with the book was that, even though I know they're both at least a decade too old, I couldn't stop picturing Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Eddie and Rex.
And that was not really a bad thing! (There's even a role for Alan Ford who played Bricktop in the movie "Snatch.")
This has simply GOT to be filmed!
If you like your crime fiction mixed with a good dose of humor, this one's for you!