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Gobbelino London & a Menace of Mermaids (Gobbelino London, PI Book 6) Kindle Edition
"I was expecting a throne made from the skulls of your enemies."
"It can be arranged."
I'm not saying the entire magical population of North Yorkshire want us dead. Just the majority. Which is why we fled Leeds to hide out in the dubious safety of the seaside town of Whitby, where no one should've been looking for us.
But lying low isn’t really in our skillset, and when one of our few remaining friends is taken by the sea, we can't just walk away. We've got to get her back. Especially as her partner is a reaper with a scythe that can slice through reality, and the whole situation might be a teeny, tiny bit our fault.
We're not going after Emma alone, though. We've got a one-eyed pirate captain, a bloodthirsty parrot, and a deeply dodgy mermaid, and not even the storm of the century is going to get in our way.
The Black Dogs, the kraken cult, and the Sea Witch, on the other hand, might be a bit of a problem.
Leeds is looking better by the moment …
This is the sixth book in the Gobbelino London, PI urban fantasy series, centred around the adventures of a mercenary feline PI and his human sidekick. It contains snarky cats and other gods, many bad jokes and terrible puns, plus a large serving of mythological and real creatures behaving badly. It will appeal to anyone who likes their fantasy funny, modern, and filled with friendship rather than romance - and also to those who suspect their cat may be living a great and secret life when they're not looking.
A Menace of Mermaids contains some violence, particularly involving mermaids with a grudge and threatening kraken, but none of it is graphic. It contains no sex and only mild language. It does, however, contain blasphemy.
- ASIN : B0C3YZN5SP
- Publisher : Kim M. Watt (May 19, 2023)
- Publication date : May 19, 2023
- Language : English
- File size : 3195 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 315 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #31,091 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #324 in Private Investigator Mysteries (Kindle Store)
- #407 in Private Investigator Mysteries (Books)
- #648 in Cozy Animal Mysteries
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Will you leave me, who knows?
But I’m bound to it strongly,I can’t go
And leave the tale, never to know!
By Gobs! By Gobs! I’ll see it through
By Gobs, by Gobs, I will miss you!
The story was great
The tale as was told
The writing was good
Shining like gold
By Gobs! By Gobs! I’ll see it through
By Gobs, by Gobs, I will miss you
Others will read it
And others will know
It’s a tale well worth reading
Though my heart may stop beating.
By Gobs! By Gobs! I’ll see it through
By Gobs, my Gobs, I wish t’was not true.
I loved being back with these three- they're so much fun! There are some interesting new characters as well. The bloodthirsty budgie, the creepy rat Merv, the smarmy leisuresuit-wearing mermaid, Keith... they attract some really weird characters. Some elements of the plot pick at dangling threads from the previous five books, too. For such a lighthearted series there are still some serious, and as-yet-unresolved, undertones.
The last book in this series will be out later this year, which is both good news and bad, since it's going to be finished!
I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this excellent cat tale and couldn't resist adding it to my ever-growing library of this author's books. I was highly entertained and think you will be too! I can definitely recommend it to anyone who loves cats, world-weary P.I.'s, little green snakes and all sorts of magically odd happenings.
I found I had to go reread the end of Weres to remember just why it was so important that they hide - it's been a year after all! But for me, that made the beginning a bit slower than I hoped, and there isn't really a big "action" scene until a bit later.
I took a 1/2 star off because this book has some character growth, but the overall story arc doesn't develop much further, and we don't learn much more about the magical world, or the big bad that's out there.
That said, it was very fun, an atypical take on mermaids, Rats! unlike the rats we've met before, a sea monster, Polly the Parrot, lots of good fun, some scares, and a few lovely moments where the author waxes philosophical (which just make me smile every time).
Don't start with this one, but if you have ready any of Kim Watt's books, you won't be disappointed!
Top reviews from other countries
Gobbelino and Callum are supposed to be hiding, keeping their heads down in Whitby, but somehow they anger the Sea Witch and a pack of Black Dogs. And a baby from A Scourge of Pleasantries , all grown up now, has returned. How could this get any worse?
Love the story. I'm both looking forward to the final book and never wanting the series to end.
Buckets and spades are not in order, however. For one thing, it's winter. And more importantly, Gobs' and Callum's troubles do not cease with a change of locale. Far from it. In fact they get a whole new set of problems, including but not limited to pirates, mermaids, crazed rats, stroppy parrots, a sea witch ... and Keith. Oh, yes, and a reaper has gone missing. Quite enough to keep them busy.
This instalment is as fun and fast paced as ever, and things (and Gobs' swearies) take a distinctly nautical turn. Gobs does not regard this as a vast improvement, but for us landlubbers the whole escapade is hugely enjoyable. Arr.
Whitby is peopled by weird and wonderful characters from Hilda the Pirate Captain, the angry bar-faun, the mermaids and a sea witch whose deal-making would make an oil & gas industry corporate lawyer green with envy, a kraken, talking rats, black dogs, a coven of rather argumentative witches, killer whales, members of the public. Oh, and two friends from Leeds, on a mini-break. Against a background of Whitby in winter, north sea storms with bitter winds, our heroes work on a fake pirate ship pro bono, struggle to keep their friends alive, fight to free themselves from the Whitby one way system, whilst snarking and grousing and trying to make sense of the mysterious happenings and complex motivations surrounding them.
Counterbalancing the humour, this book is pervaded with the icy cold, the damp, the confusion of our heroes being out of place, disoriented, almost lost. This is probably the most grim of Ms Watt's Gobbelino London books. I recommend this book if you have read the others. I suggest that if you haven't, then you would benefit from reading the others first. There is a lot of backstory which is referenced with brief explanations making it accessible to new readers but you would lose the nuances; although not spoiling the story, this lack of backstory knowledge means there is a dimension of the story that you are missing, which would be a shame.
Can't wait to read the final book in this series and see all those loose ends tied up in one big satisfying (and/or terrifying) conclusion.