Tawcester Towers, the family seat of the Lyminster family, has suffered an unwelcome injection of distant cousins - so distant that they aren't even British!
Count Igor and Count Lyudmilla Bashusky had to flee Russia after the Revolution and have spent the intervening years building up debts in the hotels of Europe's capitals and sponging off ever more exasperated (and distant) relatives.
The Bashusky's arrival at Tawcester Towers causes a stir, and it's up to Blotto and Twinks, that indefatigable duo, to provide a solution to get them back to Russia. Reversing the Russian Revolution and getting a Tsar back into St Petersburg's Winter Palace is just the sort of challenge the fiercely bright Twinks relishes, though her dim-witted brother, Blotto, shows less aptitude for the subtleties of international politics, despite his commendable bravery.
The siblings soon find themselves in Berlin to try to broker a meeting with the White Russian community and swiftly become embroiled in a world of spies, counterspies, conspiracies and counterconspiracies.
Just when things seem to be looking up, little do Blotto and Twinks realise that their plans are being monitored by the spymaster Fyodor Vlachko, a former worker on the Bushusky's estate who has now risen to a senior post in the secret police of the newly formed Soviet Union....
©2015 Simon Brett (P)2016 Isis Audiobooks
With Twinks brains and Blotto's cricket bat no problem is insurmountable. Simon Brett is the perfect narrator for these zany tales.
Old, tired member of the sandwich generation. Waiting to just get to heaven!!
Poor Blotto??? Poor Me! They only have three of these books on Audible and they are so wonderful! Blotto and I have so much in common, I never really know what is gong on around me either! He really is in a pickle this time. No one in Russia plays cricket...yet!
Now to wait patiently for the next book to arrive on Audible! I hope it will be soon!
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