Andy Caplet, the disaster prone side kick of Inspector Hobbes might have found romance on a visit to the Blacker Mountains. <Spoiler Alert> He discovers a skeleton, the police are called, the widow arrives to identify the remains & over it, Andy was struck by the appeal of the widow, Daphne.</spoiler>
This is the third of a series but it serves well as a stand alone novel.
The characters are interesting: the unhuman (seriously large & strong) Inspector Hobbes, his housekeeper & excellent cook Mrs. Goodfellow, Sid the wealthy banker who is a vampire, Billy the multi-talented little person & Dreggs, the big black dog. It also has a full cast of dastardly villians: Sir Gerald Payne, Denny & Rupert. The bartender is Featherlight. This quote describes him well. “…attempted a look of wide eyed innocence that suited him as well as lipstick suits a fish.”
After a narrow escape of a bullet Andy speaks of the attractiveness of new experiences being less attractive than a rut.
Can Andy escape his own clumsiness? Will Sir Gerald Payne meet his comeuppance? Where does Kathy fit into Hobbes’ life?