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Set in a small Cotswold town, Inspector Hobbes and the Blood is a fast-paced comedy cozy mystery fantasy about the adventures of Andy, an incompetent reporter, when he is reluctantly working with Inspector Hobbes, a police detective with a reputation. Andy soon finds himself immersed in a world where not everyone is human, and a late-night visit to a churchyard nearly results in grave consequences, and a ghoulish outcome. An accidental fire leads to Andy having to doss in Hobbes's spare room.

Contending with a wave of murder, suicide, and robbery, as well as Hobbes's weirdness, is the just the start; he must also get to grips with Mrs. Goodfellow, Hobbes's housekeeper, who collects teeth. Although they are mostly from humans, she also claims to have some vampire specimens. However, Andy soon finds her wonderful cooking compensates for her eccentricities. Despite Andy believing he is coping, he is nearly unhinged by horror when a stressed Hobbes's concealed nature reveals itself in an orgy of bone-crunching. Yet, coming through unscathed, Andy develops respect and admiration for his host, even when he uses weird, occasionally brutal, methods to begin unravelling the mystery, which would appear to link The Order of the Dragon and Vlad Tepes, the original Dracula, to the crime wave.

When Hobbes goes missing, Andy, with the dubious assistance of Dregs, Hobbes's big, bad dog, and armed with a leg of lamb, searches for him. Will he triumph over crazed blood lust and human sacrifice?

Can Andy with Hobbes's friends, a binge-drinking dwarf and a troll who looks uncannily human, save the day? And can Andy catch vampirism from false teeth?

These and other questions may be answered in Inspector Hobbes and the Blood.

©2013 The Witcherley Book Company (P)2017 The Witcherley Book Company

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Wilkie Martin writes a clever crime mystery

Andy Caplet is a struggling reporter who is socially awkward and easily frightened.  Only because the normal reporter for the crime beat was injured by being thrown from a speeding car (implied that he had been gambling or a mafia encounter …) Andy is given the assignment to work with Inspector Hobbes.  From that moment onward, Andy is caught in a whirlwind of mystery and intrigue.  Of course, it does not help that Andy’s imagination runs away with him – he’s seeing trolls, ghouls, witches, and vampires at every turn. Then again, considering he finds himself in a freshly dug grave conversing with two ghouls and the inspector enjoys raw meat and bones, and then there is the housekeeper that collects teeth …  perhaps his imagination is NOT running wild… and it seems that perhaps Inspector Hobbes has a secret of some sort.

They have to work together to solve the mysteries and unusual circumstances surrounding the robberies and a murder that are occurring throughout the town.

Wilkie Martin writes a clever crime mystery with comedy and a good deal of fantasy mixed in.  One cannot help but laugh out loud at some of the antics Andy finds himself in!  This is the perfect pair of crime solvers and partners in law!  One cannot help but be charmed by the story and the characters.

Martin develops his characters fully, with a depth that enables the listeners to connect with them.  Martin is also vivid in his descriptions placing the listener into the book.

Tim Campbell, the narrator, was equally awesome in his talented reading.  Campbell became immersed in the book to the point that it was difficult to tell where he left off and the characters began.  His ability to give the appropriate voice and personality to the characters was spot on; I loved hearing how his voice would become squeaky whenever Andy found himself in hot water and how confident Hobbes sounded.

If you enjoy mystery and some fantasy characters, then this is the book for you.

I encountered no audio issues and the production of this audiobook was smooth.

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Very entertaining read

One of the most entertaining and enjoyable books I have read this year! Kept me up till dawn finishing it. Amusing & interesting storyline .i shall look forward to the rest of the series and adventures of inspector Hobbs and company . I highly recommend the read I assure of s fun read ! Lovely narration .thank you so much!

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  • mrs c westwood
  • 12-09-17

Irritating narrator.

The narrator's pronunciation became so bizarre it started to feel like he was deliberately trying to wind me up. A bit like the policeman in 'Ello 'Ello (look it up).
Shame, because I'm sure I could have enjoyed the story.

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  • 12-02-17

Hard To Care For The Main Character

The greatest part of this story was the characters you DON'T follow. Hobbes is a fascinating character that is left just out of reach of the reader. Mrs Goodfellow is a mysterious delight. Trolls, ghouls, menacing bar owners and hearse driving dwarves abound, entertaining us and offering smiles.

But we follow Andy. A 37 year old bumbling idiot who I thought for the greater part of the book had to be 18. He does nothing to show the reader how on earth he had made it this far in life. I assume he is meant to be comic relief, yet there is never a NEED for it. The story, whilst enjoyable, never requires a tension break... Just a break from Andy. An emotionally stunted man, he does nothing to gain the readers liking and constantly feels like he has only ever tripped into situations, making us feel like peeping Toms into the world of Hobbes.

Hobbes makes it worth it, though. I wanted to follow this character and the narrators gravely voice gives Hobbes the feeling of larger than life.

All in all, a firm 3 stars. Perhaps a hard copy would read more pleasantly, as the narrator does pace the story like a drama, leaving any comedy to the crickets.