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Quest for the Holey Snail Paperback – April 9, 2016
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"Fans of Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy will enjoy Quest for the Holey Snail." - Awesome Indies
"The writing in Quest for the Holy Snail shows the author is a talented wordsmith with a penchant for Monty Python-esque humor... Overall, the writing is excellent." - Underground Book Reviews.
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Meanwhile, back in the present, homicidal monks are killing off septuagenarians and leaving regular garden snails on their victims. The police desperately try to solve the mysterious killings, while leaving enough time for snacks.
I discovered this book because the title caught my eye, being a Monty Python fan. What a treat! Humor, mystery and pure zaniness fill the pages, including great character names like Harper Collins, Kenny Bunkport, monks named after fish (“Hello Brother Trout.” “Hi Brother Piranha.”) and the unfortunate Mrs. Gaviscon (a mentioned cook who never graces the pages in person—perhaps she had indigestion). Our heroes also battle mythological creatures in ancient Greece including a Ligoatamus (lion-goat-hippopotamus) and Medusa (and her horny Gorgon sisters).
In the end, author Rob Johnson ties all the storylines together for a fun and satisfying read. There are also wonderful illustrations throughout the book which add to the humor and story. I’m off now to read Rob Johnson’s “Lifting the Lid” series (right after I purchase a handy-dandy, lifesaving Swiss Army Knife).
The story then takes off from there, switching from Tweed and his search to the murderous monks, to the police officer investigating a series of unusual murders. These seemingly unrelated events, despite their macabre nature, are narrated in a style that elicits chuckles at first, that quickly morph into guffaws, as one improbable event after another—with the occasional digression to give the author’s satirical take on historical events—unfolds, the reader is sucked deeper and deeper into the thread of the story.
There is, however, method to this meandering, as the author pulls all these disparate threads together at the end into a conclusion that satisfies. The universe, which has been twisted into unimaginable shapes, is put back into a semblance of orderly disorder. I give this title four stars.
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This is a great read for anyone who yearns for an altogether novel approach to tongue-in-cheek crime writing, whilst reacquainting themselves with hilarious situations and events from history...the discovery of America is an absolute hoot.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this book as an ideal escape, and in my opinion, the 5 star award is well deserved.
Tony Lewis, author of The Skullenia Novels