Inspector Kirby and Harold Longcoat: A Northumbrian Mystery (Inspector Kirby Northumbrian Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B076DC41V5
- Publication date : October 20, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 538 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 485 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,471,613 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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It's great for all ages.
Enter Inspector Kirby, a forty-something English copper (policeman, for non-Brits), with a slightly jaded attitude and a reputation for resolving weird cases. And they don’t come much weirder than this one. Add an eclectic cast of various ages, backgrounds, and temperaments, and you have an intriguing tale that takes you places no self-respecting person from Newcastle might ever expect to go.
I really enjoyed reading this book – Kirby’s thoughts and asides are often utterly hilarious because they are so realistic, both in content and in the way his mind wanders onto unconnected and irreverent topics without any permission! Mine does the same!
Kirby’s background is well integrated into the story, and it was lovely to see him grow and develop through the book. Harold and the others from ‘the other’ world are both at home and at odds with this modern world of ours, and the interactions of bringing Viking-era plunderers, not to mention a few hordes of goblins in grey hoodies, into such places as the local pub and golf course, made for much hilarity. And I shall be keeping an eye out for innocuous-looking old ladies in grey cardigans from now on.
My only real disappointment with this book was that in the climax, Kirby is really nothing more than an observer – more a Doctor Watson than a Sherlock Holmes. I kept expecting him to have a pivotal role in the final showdown, but sadly it didn’t happen.
Please note, the language and many of the pop references are quintessentially British, so might leave you floundering if you live in another country, but if you are happy to go along for the ride, you may learn something about the British sense of humour.
Kirby is one of those characters that I'll remember for a long time. I loved the interplay between him and his junior, Shirley Barker, and also with his chief, who regards Kirby as a loose cannon and has to be handled with adroitness and lashings of tea and Hob Nobs, lest he succumb to anxiety attacks and twitches.
If Agatha Christie and Robert Heinlein had had a son, he might have written this book. As far as I know, they didn't, but Ian Martyn is the next best thing. If you like either or both police procedurals or fantasy fiction, download this book. You won't be disappointed.
Top reviews from other countries
Buy this and the two, so far, following books by Brian Martyn, BREXITUS and SECRET GARDEN. Heres looking forward to further books from this writer.
Four stars because of a couple of niggles. In case the author reads the reviews: there were lots of missing commas in sentences beginning with 'well', 'er' and the like. It's 'Well, constable, ...' not 'well constable... ', 'Er, yes' not 'er yes' - and the like.
The other niggle is the overuse of the word 'However', especially in dialogue (also, sometimes the comma was missing after it!); there are alternatives and they should be used.