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An Explosive Time: A Detective Crombie mystery thriller (Celtic Cousins' Adventures Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Then an elephant is nicked.
Poor copper Crombie doesn't know whats hit him as the most unique case of his career comes to pass, while his family exacerbate his stress levels with crocodile pranks.
With a colourful police cast of not only exasperated DI Crombie but the inimitable Miss Mooney, this is a lightheared romp with witty dialogue, and Hughes' trademark London landmarks (including a flying visit to the crumbling edifice that is Hammersmith flyover, quite possibly the ugliest part of one of the priciest London boroughs), An Explosive Time is fast paced and delectable at a mere 40,000 words.
I would advise readers to start at beginning with this series. This is book 3, and the character arcs make more sense if you have read the others first. The two cousins who give poor Crombie grey hairs have been on two advenutres previously, A Raucous Time (The Celtic Cousins' Adventures) first and then A Ripple in Time - Angel of the Titanic (Celtic Cousins' adventures).
If you liked the previous Hughes stories, you'll love the latest installment. A truly explosive narrative packed with witty banter, and some of the most unusual facts to ever inhabit a police file.
We are plunged into excitement and mystery from the very onset as we read of an amazing night time explosion with a body burned almost beyond recognition.
This is the third adventure story of Wren and Rhyllann, the "Celtic Cousins", by Julia Hughes. DI Crombie, the long suffering policeman, is determined to get to the bottom of the bizarre events which unfold, involving a missing eight ton African elephant, a stolen alligator and a host of unpleasant villains. I particularly liked the fact that Crombie, as the father of four daughters, was very difficult to fool, even when sinister criminals tried!
Vivid descriptions and fast paced dialogue introduce a host of characters; Charlie Bozen (Sorry Charlie!) who goes commando under his grease stained jeans, WPC Holland, often close to tears and out of her depth in the force, long legged circus girls wearing feathers and not much else and an enormous alligator with a taste for fish and chips, to name but a few.
As the breathless adventure rattles towards a violent climax, the sub plot of an unexpected love story pusues a gentler but no less satisfying path.
This is very well written, extremely entertaining and a jolly good read! Highly recommended!
Well it's an interesting and fairly fun tale with interesting characters. There where a few times I thought the story was a little confused, fortunately not for long nor at any great depth. All im all a fun read anyway .
The story picks up shortly after 'A Ripple in Time'. DI Crombie thinks he has a simple case of a missing elephant from a traveling circus. He seeks out the help of Wren who happens to live nearby where the circus is camped. Crombie soon discovers that Wren has been up to no good - again! What's worse is all roads are leading to a major crime lord. Will Crombie be able to follow all the leads or will he find himself knee-deep in alligators?
This book was so good, it was hard to put down. I loved that as much as Crombie gets mad at Wren, he also loves him like one of his own. This plays into the explosive ending.
Warning: This book is for audiences mature enough to deal with adult language, some violence, and suggestive sexual situations.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read all three and moved on to her Griffin books, just finishing the 2nd one. So loved all 5 books. Can't wait for the next one.
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