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Summary

"I was grateful for having been born human."

There's going to be trouble. Andy Caplet's wife goes away, someone is out to get him, and he loses nearly everything in a storm. Amazing both himself and his unhuman friend, Inspector Hobbes, he heroically rescues flood victims and uncovers something shocking.

Is Andy being set up for blackmail by the apparently charming young woman who attempts to seduce him, or is something even more sinister afoot? Hobbes certainly believes so, and he's getting worried.

This is the fourth in Wilkie Martin's Unhuman series of cozy comedy crime fantasies.

Praise for Wilkie Martin:

"Odd, inventive, and genuinely very funny indeed" - Katie Jarvis, Cotswold Life

"I enjoy how silly everything is." - Jo Ann Hakola, The Book Faerie

©2016 The Witcherley Book Company (P)2017 The Witcherley Book Company

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  • Freda
  • Warrington, United Kingdom
  • 14-02-18

Slapstick Adventures

I’ve listened to all 4 of Inspector Hobbs books by Wilkie Martin. I didn’t think I would like them as they are not my usual read. I was pleasantly surprised. They are sort of crime novels with lots of slapstick comedy. Set in a small Cotswold town, Inspector Hobbes Books (Inspector Hobbs and the Blood, The Curse, The Gold Diggers and The Bones) are fast-paced comedy, mystery and fantasy books about the adventures of Andy, an incompetent reporter. Andy gets sacked from his job as he is no good at it, his flat catches fire the same night and he is rescued by Hobbs and ends up staying in Inspector Hobb’s spare room. Contending with 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 eccentric old housekeeper who teaches marital arts and who’s wonderful cooking, he feels is the best in the world, plus a huge dog named Dregs rescued by Hobbs. The three of them solve various crimes together (well Hobbs does), Andy is a bit of an idiot and very accident prone which makes for some funny slapstick scenes. He meets some of Hobb’s friends, a Troll, a Vampire, a Dwarf, a Warewolf who act more human than their lineage expects of them, together with a very large pub landlord with a bad temper, who become Andy's friends as well. A great listen and a good laugh. Brilliantly narrated by Tim Campbell who does a very good job of all the different voices.

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More please

Listen to all four in three days. Amusing and made me laugh out loud . I reckon this might be the best so far.

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entraining semi super natural crime story

Entertaining semi super natural crime story I have been listening to whilst commuting. I am so intrigued by Mrs Goodfellow.

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Elayne62

loved all four of these books, I do hope there will be more of them. Tim Campbell is a superb narrator and Willie Martin the author is just brilliant.

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Brilliant.

Another brilliant episode.
Fantastic writing, characters have such depth and so charming. Narration was perfect.
thanks.

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  • Ms
  • 17-10-18

Slightly wierd

I genuinely enjoy these books, not too hard on the brain but just weird enough to satisfy.

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  • 18-01-18

they just keep getting better! 

Poor Andy Caplet has not lost his touch as he is still a bungling, unlucky and major sad sack.  He’s been married for two years and suddenly finds himself promoted. That is the end of his good luck since his wife has left him, he has been accosted by a beautiful woman, had his photo taken in a compromising position, been shot in the butt, almost been run over and a tree fell on his apartment.  Facing blackmail and nowhere to live he finds himself back at Hobbes and Mrs. Goodfellow’s home.  And then the fun begins!

The Sly people lurk in the background until murder brings them out in the open.  Hilarity ensues as Andy and Hobbes along with Dregs and Billy solve the crime.  Andy really is an accident waiting to happen, but he is fiercely loyal and somehow finds the strength – ok, sorta – to hold his own and be saved!

I love this series of audiobooks; they just keep getting better!    Martin does an excellent job of weaving a fun, hearty tale mixed with a heavy dose of comedy and mystery into one highly entertaining series.  Never a boring minute with Hobbes or Andy around!

The narrator, Tim Campbell, does an entertaining job of narrating the book.  Campbell is Andy Caplet and Hobbes and Mrs. Goodfellow.  Each character has their own voice and personality which Campbell captures and portrays unerringly.

There were no issues with the quality or production of this audiobook.

Audiobook was provided for review by the publisher.

Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog.

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  • Sadcelticlady
  • 20-01-18

Hobbs is the best!

I have come to look forward to each new book! Wonderful fun !the inspector wins your heart the storylines are entertains and I always start reading or listening until quite finished. Look forward to the next please soon! Narration is perfect ! Very much enjoyed the listen.i highly recommend the series!

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  • RP
  • 29-08-18

Absolutely love this series.

I hope there will be more! The narrator Tim Campbell was the perfect match, his contribution was phenomenal. Please continue!

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  • ner_do_well
  • 13-07-18

A long search for a short medium

I had two laughs - "a long search for a short medium and, "where am i and what hit me".

There are still too many times when the author drags out the self-doubts and stupidity of Andy. I still had to stop listening several times because it was so annoying.

This book is an improvement over #3 but not as well written as book #1.
For the life of me I cannot understand why everyone rates these so high.

The performance is consistently great by Tim Campbell, who deserves a better book to read.

I'm throwing in the towel on this series and won't buy anymore if they come out.

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  • mary
  • 22-06-18

Andy and Hobbes remain enjoyable

I wish there were a little more about the world Hobbes and Andy occupy. But in spite of this, the series remains enjoyable. I must say that laughing aloud on buses and in doctors waiting room has earned me a few looks. Andy's character is developing. I like the flash backs to his childhood and upbringing. They give a perspective of his low self-esteem and lack of confidence. His is a uphill battle. He's still doing stupid things with the best of intentions. Glad to see he's occasionally takes charge in a few situations. I am glad to see how Hobbes continues to use the least amount of force. I'm remaining very curious about his upbringing and early life. I'd like to see more of Mrs Goodfellow.

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  • swyrlgirl
  • 01-06-18

5 star series

One of my all time favs! I've read them all twice waiting for more! Addictive, funny and twisty mysteries featuring an awesome cast of characters, both human and inhuman! Love the writing and the reader brings it to life. I can only dream of the day the next one comes out. If you like Rex Stout, Terry Pratchett and Sherlock Holmes, this series more than satisfies and I hope the author is as prolific.

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  • Lyn T
  • 23-03-18

Wonderfully Witty

The writing style really lends itself to audio format. Great characters and a lot of fun. Very well written.