- File Size: 2188 KB
- Print Length: 474 pages
- Publication Date: October 20, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076DC41V5
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,065,648 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Inspector Kirby and Harold Longcoat: A Northumbrian Mystery Kindle Edition
"The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell" by Robert Dugoni
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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.