Inspector Hobbes and the Blood

unhuman

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'Odd, inventive, and genuinely very funny indeed.' (Katie Jarvis, Cotswold Life)
Set in a small Cotswold town, Inspector Hobbes and the Blood is a fast-paced comedy crime 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?

'I ought to tell you, dear, he can get rather wild when he's hungry'
This new comedy fantasy book series is suitable for teenagers and upwards.
Read these new humorous mysteries and you'll never look at The Cotswolds in the same way again. All the novels feature the same memorable characters but they are standalone and can be read individually.

From Reviews:

‘It was fun and entertaining’ ( books reviews forevermore)

Inspector Hobbes and the Blood was shortlisted for the Impress Prize for New Writers 2012

 

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About the author

Wilkie Martin sets his Unhuman series of novels in the Cotswolds, where he lives with his partner Julia. He introduces readers to a close-knit, small-town community filled with quirky and occasionally dangerous inhabitants, and an 'unhuman' policeman who maintains law and order. Wilkie intersperses writing his novel with short stories and funny poems, which he enjoys performing and uploading to YouTube. His stories reflect his love of the enigmatic, with memorable characters and, like many of the latter, he has a taste for curry. He is a qualified scuba instructor and has dived in many places around the world and in the UK. 

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Publisher
The Witcherley Book Company
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Published on
Jul 31, 2013
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Pages
310
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ISBN
9780957635166
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary
Fiction / Humorous
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Traditional British
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‘Mad, bad and dangerous to gnaw’ (Cotswold Life)
Set in the Cotswolds, this is the next instalment in the adventures of Inspector Hobbes, Mrs Goodfellow and Dregs, as narrated by the still disaster-prone Andy Caplet. It is a rip roaring, funny and moving tale of Andy's infatuation with a dangerously beautiful woman, starting off during investigations into sheep deaths and the mysterious disappearance of pheasants. These incidents appear to be connected to a rash of big cat sightings, and something horrible seems to be lurking in the woods.

Is Andy’s comedy romance cursed to be unsuccessful, or is the curse something much darker, something that will arouse his primeval terrors?

'Love may be on the horizon but, beware, something wicked this way comes.'
This new comedy fantasy book series is suitable for teenagers and upwards.
Read these new humorous mysteries and you'll never look at The Cotswolds in the same way again. This is the second novel in the series featuring the same memorable characters, but it is not necessary to have read the first, as all the books are stand-alone novels and can be read individually.

From Reviewers:

'far out fantasy full of odd characters and action' Jo Ann Hakola (http://bkfaerie.blogspot.co.uk)

'Inspector Hobbes and the Curse is very much the funny mans Sherlock Holmes' Scarlet Aingeal (http://scarletaingeal.booklikes.com)

‘an amusing fantasy take-off on Sherlock Holmes and Watson’ Nancy Famolari (http://nancyfamolari.blogspot.co.uk)

‘I had fun relaxing with this novel, cigar in hand’ Anders Mikkelsen (http://koeur.wordpress.com)
‘as inventive as they are entertaining’ (Cotswold Life)
Receiving unwanted attention after foiling an armed robbery, the unhuman Inspector Hobbes takes a long-overdue camping holiday, with Andy, his accident-prone friend, and Dregs, the delinquent dog. In the bleak and dangerous Blacker Mountains, Andy stumbles across something shocking, before falling for an attractive widow, while Hobbes wonders why an old gold mine has reopened.
On their return to the sleepy Cotswold town of Sorenchester, Hobbes is dumbfounded when Kathy, a reminder of his hippy days, turns up on the doorstep with her baggage. Since Hobbes has to solve a gold robbery and contemplate some perfectly ordinary rocks, Andy must entertain Kathy while trying to protect his new love from a monstrous opponent working for the sinister Sir Gerald Payne. Despite his usual blunderings and an inability to throw straight, Andy displays genuine courage.

Can Andy survive dinner with a vampire? Can Hobbes recover the gold? And what is Kathy’s relationship to Hobbes?

This, the third in Wilkie Martin’s unhuman series of fast-paced comedy crime fantasies will reveal all.

'I always knew you'd get ahead one day'
This new 'unhuman' comedy fantasy book series is suitable for teenagers and upwards.
Read these new humorous mysteries and you'll never look at The Cotswolds in the same way again. This is the third novel in the series featuring the same memorable characters, but it is not necessary to have read the first, as all the books are stand-alone novels and can be read individually.

From Reviewers:

‘Hobbes and Andy follow the Hobbes-Watson dynamic’, ‘had me giggling’ (http://clsiewert.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/inspector-hobbes-and-the-gold-diggers/)

‘Once again I was transported into another world’, ‘This author has become one of my favorites’ (http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/review-inspector-hobbes-and-the-gold-diggers-by-wilkie-martin/)

‘dastardly villans’, ‘serves well as a stand alone novel’ (http://carolyninjoy.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/inspector-hobbes-the-gold-diggers-by-wilkie-martin/)
‘Mad, bad and dangerous to gnaw’ (Cotswold Life)
Set in the Cotswolds, this is the next instalment in the adventures of Inspector Hobbes, Mrs Goodfellow and Dregs, as narrated by the still disaster-prone Andy Caplet. It is a rip roaring, funny and moving tale of Andy's infatuation with a dangerously beautiful woman, starting off during investigations into sheep deaths and the mysterious disappearance of pheasants. These incidents appear to be connected to a rash of big cat sightings, and something horrible seems to be lurking in the woods.

Is Andy’s comedy romance cursed to be unsuccessful, or is the curse something much darker, something that will arouse his primeval terrors?

'Love may be on the horizon but, beware, something wicked this way comes.'
This new comedy fantasy book series is suitable for teenagers and upwards.
Read these new humorous mysteries and you'll never look at The Cotswolds in the same way again. This is the second novel in the series featuring the same memorable characters, but it is not necessary to have read the first, as all the books are stand-alone novels and can be read individually.

From Reviewers:

'far out fantasy full of odd characters and action' Jo Ann Hakola (http://bkfaerie.blogspot.co.uk)

'Inspector Hobbes and the Curse is very much the funny mans Sherlock Holmes' Scarlet Aingeal (http://scarletaingeal.booklikes.com)

‘an amusing fantasy take-off on Sherlock Holmes and Watson’ Nancy Famolari (http://nancyfamolari.blogspot.co.uk)

‘I had fun relaxing with this novel, cigar in hand’ Anders Mikkelsen (http://koeur.wordpress.com)
‘as inventive as they are entertaining’ (Cotswold Life)
Receiving unwanted attention after foiling an armed robbery, the unhuman Inspector Hobbes takes a long-overdue camping holiday, with Andy, his accident-prone friend, and Dregs, the delinquent dog. In the bleak and dangerous Blacker Mountains, Andy stumbles across something shocking, before falling for an attractive widow, while Hobbes wonders why an old gold mine has reopened.
On their return to the sleepy Cotswold town of Sorenchester, Hobbes is dumbfounded when Kathy, a reminder of his hippy days, turns up on the doorstep with her baggage. Since Hobbes has to solve a gold robbery and contemplate some perfectly ordinary rocks, Andy must entertain Kathy while trying to protect his new love from a monstrous opponent working for the sinister Sir Gerald Payne. Despite his usual blunderings and an inability to throw straight, Andy displays genuine courage.

Can Andy survive dinner with a vampire? Can Hobbes recover the gold? And what is Kathy’s relationship to Hobbes?

This, the third in Wilkie Martin’s unhuman series of fast-paced comedy crime fantasies will reveal all.

'I always knew you'd get ahead one day'
This new 'unhuman' comedy fantasy book series is suitable for teenagers and upwards.
Read these new humorous mysteries and you'll never look at The Cotswolds in the same way again. This is the third novel in the series featuring the same memorable characters, but it is not necessary to have read the first, as all the books are stand-alone novels and can be read individually.

From Reviewers:

‘Hobbes and Andy follow the Hobbes-Watson dynamic’, ‘had me giggling’ (http://clsiewert.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/inspector-hobbes-and-the-gold-diggers/)

‘Once again I was transported into another world’, ‘This author has become one of my favorites’ (http://koeur.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/review-inspector-hobbes-and-the-gold-diggers-by-wilkie-martin/)

‘dastardly villans’, ‘serves well as a stand alone novel’ (http://carolyninjoy.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/inspector-hobbes-the-gold-diggers-by-wilkie-martin/)
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