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Melanie’s Month in Review - January 2019



Melanie’s Month in Review - January 2019


Happy New Year! I had a debate with a work colleague about when it was too late to wish someone a happy new year. We agreed that late Jan/early Feb was too late but the ‘englishness’ in us make us do it (my Englishness is by osmosis rather than by birth). As this is my first MMiR for 2019 I thought I had better get my happy new year in here somehow.

I was really worried that I wasn’t going to have very many books to tell you about. I did something I never do. I had more than 1 book on the go and in between I was watching shows on Netflix. A few of my friends read multiple books at the same time but I don’t like to as I find it harder to finish them. Lucky I was able to finish most of the books I started so let me tell you what I had on the go in January.


Melanie’s Month in Review - January 2019
UK Edition
I am going to start with my favourite, The Binding by Bridget Collins. This book will undoubtedly be in my top reads of 2019 and possibly one of my all time faves. I actually listened to this book rather than read it so a big hats off to the narrator - Carl Prekopp. He really did justice to each of the characters and while I am sure I would have really liked the written version, Prekopp’s narration made the story come alive.

Collins tells the story of young Emmett Farmer whose life changes all because of a book. Emmett lives in a world where your deepest secret, your more dreaded fear, the memory of a terrible event can all be taken away with just one visit to a bookbinder. Binders take your memories and store them on pages of velum, all bound together inside a leather cover.  Many fear binders, like his parents, thinking binding is a form of witchcraft but to others they are a way to hide cruelty and greed. When Emmett learns he is to become a binder’s apprentice he is isn’t sure what to think. He knows it's not the life either he or his parents envisaged from him. Under the watchful eye of Seredith he learns the artistry of the trade and enjoys the quiet companionship of his new master. Just went life seems to have a new purpose events conspire against him when he discovers a book with his name on it. Emmett's life is about to become a real page turner.

The Binding is one of the most beautiful and gentle love stories I have read in a long time. Collin's prose has a poetic, almost ethereal quality to it that helps draw you into Emmett's world. She is descriptive without over doing it and while many of the scenes or the retelling of traumatic events don't quite sound like they came from someone Emmett's age, they were perfectly structured and believable. Collin successfully uses the environment and other inanimate objects such as artwork or flowers to enhance the mood of a scene or to mirror the emotions of either Emmett or one of the other characters. Snow, rain, the perfume of lilies, a field of bluebells are all tools used by Collins to help tell her story. I find sometimes pathetic fallacy can come across as disingenuous or almost lazy but in this case it helps to build drama and create pathos.

I can't say enough how much I loved The Binding. It stayed with me for several days after reading it and even now, I still feel sympathy for Emmett and for certain other characters. If you like audiobooks be sure to buy this version as Prekopps adds another element and makes this book truly special. This is a fantastic, character driven story that draw you in and have you hooked from page 1.


Melanie’s Month in Review - January 2019
Book number two is Earik Beann's Killing Adam. This science fiction 'shortish' story is set in a world that is controlled by a super computer, Adam. Humanity has been networked through brain implants called ARCs - Alternative Reality Chips. Jimmy Mahoney is a man on the outside. Jimmy isn't able to have an ARC as he suffered brain damage in football accident when he was young. While his wife spends 23 hours a day connected to an alternative world Jimmy prays that she return to him. When a rogue AI contacts Jimmy offering him the chance to free his wife he jumps at the chance. It's man vs machine in Beann's scifi thriller.

The plot of Killing Adam has a few too many similarities to the movie Surrogates, staring Bruce Willis for me. In fact I kept waiting for Bruce to turn up, maybe he was playing the part of Jimmy. I can't really say I enjoyed it as I thought it was just too predicable and not that original. Even the ending wasn't a surprise. On a positive note, it is quite short so it doesn't take long to read. If you don't have a lot of time to spare and like science fiction then you might be tempted to give it a read but don't feel you are missing out if you don't have time.


Melanie’s Month in Review - January 2019
The final book I want to tell you about is completely different to the two above. It's Holymoly, book 8 in the Clovenhoof series, by Heide Goody and Iain Grant. My favourite prince of darkness is almost absent from this instalment as Clovenhoof has been relegated to a few cameos. Instead Brother Stephen and his bestie, the demon Rutspud are the stars of this crazy show. When Rutspud gets demonically kidnapped (i.e., summoned) Stephen knows he has to find him. His journey takes him back to his hometown where has to face up to his past, as well as, search for Rutspud. With the help of his D&D loving childhood friends Brother Stephen is determined not to leave his unlikely bestie in the hands of some suburban, evil occultists.

For those of you who have read any of my reviews you will know I love Clovenhoof. Many commutes into work have been filled with guffaws and lolling at the Lambrini soaked Devil. I didn't find Holymoly quite as funny as the other books in the series. In fact, it rather dragged in the middle chapters. Goody and Grant did ramp up the crazy for the final chapters and they really were very funny. If you need a laugh then this is the book for you. If you are an ardent fan of Clovenhoof then you might want to give it a miss.


That is all for me this month. I am taking part in the beta review of the latest installment of Michael Sullivan's Legends of the Empire series. I also have 2 books from SPFBO3 to read so keep your fingers crossed I can get through these AND have something to tell you about in Feb. I better go back to my 1 book at a time rule. Wish me luck! Until next time Happy Reading.





The Binding
William Morrow, April 16, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 448 pages
  UK Edition published January 10, 2019

Melanie’s Month in Review - January 2019
“Truly spellbinding... Many readers of The Binding will simply sink gratefully into the pleasures of its pages, because, like all great fables, it also functions as transporting romance.” — THE GUARDIAN

"A rich, gothic entertainment that explores what books have trapped inside them and reminds us of the power of storytelling. Spellbinding.” — TRACY CHEVALIER

In the tradition of Sarah Waters, Helene Wecker, and Jessie Burton, an atmospheric and mystery-laden historical novel set within a magical world where books are not stories but the repository of individual lives.

Imagine you could erase grief.
Imagine you could remove pain.
Imagine you could hide the darkest, most horrifying secret.
Forever.


Young Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a strange letter arrives summoning him away from his family. He is to begin an apprenticeship as a Bookbinder—a vocation that arouses fear, superstition, and prejudice amongst their small community, but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

For as long as he can recall, Emmett has been drawn to books, even though they are strictly forbidden. Bookbinding is a sacred calling, Seredith informs her new apprentice, and he is a binder born. Under the old woman’s watchful eye, Emmett learns to hand-craft the elegant leather-bound volumes. Within each one they will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, a binder can help. If there’s something you need to erase, they can assist. Within the pages of the books they create, secrets are concealed and the past is locked away. In a vault under his mentor’s workshop rows upon rows of books are meticulously stored.

But while Seredith is an artisan, there are others of their kind, avaricious and amoral tradesman who use their talents for dark ends—and just as Emmett begins to settle into his new circumstances, he makes an astonishing discovery: one of the books has his name on it. Soon, everything he thought he understood about his life will be dramatically rewritten.

An unforgettable novel of enchantment, mystery, memory, and forbidden love, The Binding is a beautiful homage to the allure and life-changing power of books—and a reminder to us all that knowledge can be its own kind of magic.





Killing Adam
Profoundly One Publishing, January 1, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 226 pages

Melanie’s Month in Review - January 2019
The world runs on ARCs. Altered Reality Chips. Small implants behind the left ear that allow people to experience anything they could ever imagine. The network controls everything, from traffic, to food production, to law enforcement. Some proclaim it a Golden Age of humanity. Others have begun to see the cracks. Few realize that behind it all, living within every brain and able to control all aspects of society, there exists a being with an agenda all his own: the singularity called Adam, who believes he is God.

Jimmy Mahoney’s brain can’t accept an ARC. Not since his football injury from the days when the league was still offline. “ARC-incompatible” is what the doctors told him. Worse than being blind and deaf, he is a man struggling to cling to what’s left of a society that he is no longer a part of. His wife spends twenty-three hours a day online, only coming off when her chip forcibly disconnects her so she can eat. Others are worse. Many have died, unwilling or unable to log off to take care of even their most basic needs.

After being unwittingly recruited by a rogue singularity to play a role in a war that he doesn’t understand, Jimmy learns the truth about Adam and is thrown into a life-and-death struggle against the most powerful mathematical mind the world has ever known. But what can one man do against a being that exists everywhere and holds limitless power? How can one man, unable to even get online, find a way to save his wife, and the entire human race, from destruction?





Holymoly
Clovenhoof 8
Pigeon Park Press, August 31, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 223 pages

Melanie’s Month in Review - January 2019
Stephen and his friends spent their teenage years immersed in the fantasy gaming worlds of wizards and warriors, undertaking quests to fight evil occultists, vanquish terrible monsters and rescue damsels in distress.

Now, twenty-something years later, there is a real-life quest. Life as a monk has hardly prepared Brother Stephen for the mission ahead. Demon Rutspud is definitely not a damsel, but he is in distress. The evil occultists are real and if Stephen doesn’t rescue Rutspud from a fate worse than death, no one will…

Sword-wielding Satanists, stir crazy demons, super-smart squirrels, magical garbage and a suitcase that cannot be stopped run riot in a story about the bonds of friendship and dark deeds in suburban cellars.

The Snowflake Blog Tour - Excerpt From and Review of Snowflake by Heide Goody and Iain Grant


The Snowflake Blog Tour - Excerpt From and Review of Snowflake by Heide Goody and Iain Grant


      The following scene from Snowflake by Heide Goody and Iain Grant is where Lori first meets Ashbert. She doesn’t yet realise that he’s the man she has accidentally brought to life from a collage that she made as a teenager. We join Lori as she has been baking with her friend Cookie...


      Cookie took the bread out of the oven while I wafted smoke away from the smoke detector in the ceiling. The bread had overcooked a bit while we were putting out the fire, but my stomach still rumbled. The burning smell was unpleasantly sharp and acrid, but it was hard to tell if it was from the bread or the fire in the lounge.
      Cookie tapped the base of the loaf. “You can tell when bread is cooked because it will sound hollow when you do this,” she said.
      It didn’t sound hollow, it sounded dead and solid. I took it off her wordlessly and banged it on the counter to see if it made a better sound, but I was a bit worried that we might shatter the granite.
      “The road of trials is littered with obstacles,” she said with a frown.
      “And rock-hard loaves,” I said.
      “I need to think on this.”
      Cookie took herself into the lounge. I placed the loaf on a plate, found a long, serrated knife and attempted to cut a slice. Five minutes sawing produced a lot of shard-like crumbs but made virtually no impact on the bread. I tried to break the loaf with my hands, but I just wasn’t strong enough.
      Suddenly, I wasn’t hungry anymore.
      I went through to the lounge. It turned out that having a think meant passing out on the settee. A joint burned in Cookie’s right hand and a glass of raki lolled toward the cushions in her left. I tutted slightly and took them off her, keeping them well apart to avoid igniting the powerful spirits.
      I was wondering whether it was worth trying the bread again when I heard a sound. It was a light creak, coming from outside. I crept over to the window and looked out into the rear yard of the building.
      It was a naked man.
      Definitely a man and definitely naked, his body pale and golden in the streetlights from the next road over. And he was coming up the fire escape.
      I went into the kitchen to look out of the window, turning out the lights as I entered to improve my   view of what was outside. Was the naked guy returning to one of the other flats? Why was he naked? In the moments that it took me to get to the kitchen window he’d disappeared. He’d either climbed up to the next floor, gone down to the ground, or entered the building. I swallowed hard as I realised that the most likely explanation for him vanishing so quickly was that he’d entered the building somewhere.
      The lounge window was open. I had left it open. I had stupidly left the lounge window open. Was he inside the flat? This flat? My flat? I crept back to the door to the lounge and put my ear to it. I could definitely hear some sort of movement. I willed myself not to panic, took out my phone, dialled 999 but didn’t yet press the call button. Cookie was asleep in the lounge. If a crazed naked man was in there, she was in danger. It didn’t really cross my mind that it might be a sane naked man. I’m not sure there are such things.
      I risked opening the door a crack.
      Oh, God! He was there! A white and – oh, yeah – definitely naked torso moving slowly across the room.
      I hit the call button and backed away.
      “I think there’s an intruder in my flat,” I said, when I got through. “I mean, I know there’s an intruder in the flat.”
      In a voice that suggested they received naked intruder calls all day long, the operator asked me for the address.
      “Can you get out?” he asked.
      “No, not without going past where they are,” I said.
      “Try to secure yourself or hide,” said the operator.
      “But my friend is in the lounge.”
      “Secure yourself and hide. We’ll be there very shortly.”
      Secure myself and hide? Even if there was somewhere to hide in the kitchen, could I leave Cookie in the clutches of a nude lunatic? Of course not. I crept back to the door and peeked through the gap. The lounge was empty and there was Cookie’s foot poking over the edge of the sofa. I had to go and wake her. But I needed protection.
      I momentarily considered the bread knife but then the headline ‘LOCAL WOMAN SENTENCED TO LIFE FOR UNPROVOKED NUDE STABBING’ flashed through my mind and I thought better of it. A non-lethal bludgeoning weapon would be much better.
Ten seconds later, armed with a rock-hard loaf of bread, I crept into the lounge. No. No naked men lurking in corners. He must have moved on. My limbs shivering with fear, I took hold of Cookie’s knee and tried to shake her awake.
      She gave a small grunt and shifted position.
      “Wake up, damn you,” I hissed.
      There was the sound of something being dropped. The door to the largest bedroom, which opened directly onto the lounge, was open! There! This was an old building with many of the original features, including interior doors with locks and bolts. All I needed to do was to pull the door closed and lock it and the man would be trapped until the police arrived.
      “You can do this,” I told myself.
      I stole quickly across the room and tugged the door shut. The handle rattled from the other side as I turned the key in the lock.
      “You’re trapped now, mofo!” I shouted and turned away from the door.
      And, as I did, I realised I had trapped my onesie in the door. A section of leg material caught in the gap.
      The man started to pound on the door from the other side. I’m not normally one for whimpering but I let out a trembling cry.
      The pounding continued, shaking me with each blow. It was a solid door, but I could hear a splintering sound coming from somewhere. I had to get away. There was only one solution and I had no choice. Down came the zip and I wriggled free. I headed across the room. I hadn’t gone two steps when the door gave way and the man burst through like that man with the axe in that film. You know the one. I turned to him with my only weapon: the remains of the indestructible loaf I let out a primal roar of pure, bear-flattening rage and swung the loaf with all my might at the attacker’s head.
      The bread connected with his head with deadly, bone-shattering force and he dropped like a stone. My arm even ached from the impact.
      Two thoughts collided in my mind: the first was that I’d surely killed him. The second was that he looked familiar. Bizarrely familiar.
      The doorbell rang.
      His face was one I’d seen in the very recent past.
      There was a thump at the door.
      “Police! Open up!”
      In fact, his face was my own creation. Robert Pattinson’s eyes. Ashton Kutcher’s smile. Channing Tatum’s jawline. He was the man from the picture I had made as a teenager. He was teen Lori’s dream man, so very recently cast into the fire.





Snowflake
Authors:  Heide Goody and Iain Grant
Publisher:  Pigeon Park Press, July 20, 2018
Format:  Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 320 pages
List Price:  US$12.99 (print); US$4.59 (Kindle eBook)
ISBN:  9780995749764 (print);  ASIN:  B07F3X4XF2 (Kindle eBook)

The Snowflake Blog Tour - Excerpt From and Review of Snowflake by Heide Goody and Iain Grant
Lori Belkin has been dumped. By her parents.

They moved out while she was away on holiday, and now, at the tender age of twenty-five, she's been cruelly forced to stand on her own two feet.

While she's getting to grips with basic adulting, Lori magically brings to life the super-sexy man she created from celebrity photos as a teenager.

Lori learns very quickly that having your ideal man is not as satisfying as it ought to be and that being an adult is far harder than it looks.

Snowflake is a story about prehistoric pets, delinquent donkeys and becoming the person you want to be, not the person everyone else expects you to be.


Melanie's Thoughts

Lori arrives back from her holiday in Crete to discover her parents have moved away without telling her. Now she has to go it alone with only her wits and her brother's luxury flat to keep her safe. Little did she realise that a straw goat, mouldering sausage and a bottle of raki weren't the only things she brought back with her. Lori thought it was just a pretty necklace that she bought in a random store in Crete but it turned out it had the power to bring to inanimate objects to life - like the magazine cut out of her ideal man, a long extinct bug, foxes, and so much more. At the tender age of 25 Lori has some serious 'adulting' to do and there is a lot of trouble she can get into the meantime.

Snowflake by the writing duo of Heide Goody and Iain Grant is another lighthearted romp through the trials and tribulations of being a millennial with a magical necklace. Lori's name should be officially changed to Trouble Belkin because, boy, she gets into enough of it. From almost burning down her brother's flat to chasing a donkey through Ikea Lori has more exploits than the normal 20 something. In fact Lori can barely cross the street without triggering a major disaster. Goody and Grant are experts at getting their characters into ridiculous situations and giving them hilarious lines. One specific scene where Lori and her magically created perfect man Ashbert go to the theatre was very amusing, especially the Iron Man reference. There are a number of English 'in jokes' and I am not sure whether you will get all them if you aren't from the UK but it's worth a go.

This is a very good book if you want a lighthearted read or need to be cheered up. My one tiny criticism is that Lori was a bit too ignorant of almost everything and the number of outrageous situations she got herself into was relentless. I felt a bit exhausted when I got to the end of the book.  I feel this situational 'naivety' worked well with Goody and Grant's former prince of darkness Clovenhoof (funniest books ever!) but with Lori she came across too self-involved and borderline inconsiderate. Some of the jokes make up for Lori's personality quirks so if you are looking for something funny, quite kooky and with a happy ending give Snowflake a go.

Melanie's Week in Review - October, 8 2017


Melanie's Week in Review - October, 8 2017


Happy October! Sorry that you missed me in September. I wanted to take a little break as I was losing my reading mojo and then I lost my Mom so I really needed to take some time off from reading and blogging. However, I inherited my love reading from my Mom so while I haven't been blogging I have kept reading....although maybe not with the same gusto as before. I am back in the UK now and back to work so back to blogging about what I have been reading. What have I read? Let me tell you about a few good ones.


Melanie's Week in Review - October, 8 2017
I don't remember now how I came across Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders by Kate Griffin but boy, I am glad I did. Set in the London in the late 1880's Kitty Peck is eeking out a living in the grimy underworld of the east end music halls. Still grieving her brother, who was mysteriously died months before, no one is more surprised than Kitty to be summoned to Lady Ginger's, the boss and baron who resides over much of the East End's criminal scene. Girls are going missing and Lady Ginger will not broach anything or anyone who interferes with her livelihood, her money or her property. She tasks Kitty to solve the mystery of who is responsible and holds the minor detail that Kitty's brother may still be alive and in her control as the bait to keep her compliant. With the help of her friend Lucca its not long before Kitty is drawn into the seedy happenings in the musical halls and on the trail of a ruthless, vicious killer. Will she survive to solve the mystery? You need to read it to find out.

Before to you start this book be sure to have all your housework done and don't have any big projects due at work as this book is one that you can't put down. I had my eyes glued to my Kindle for all 350+ pages. Griffin is a very evocative writer. It's like you can see through Kitty's eyes and see the grime and grit of the musical halls, smell the foul air that pervades London and feel the push of the crowds when Kitty ventures outside.  The mystery itself wasn't the challenge or the reason why I was so hooked.  For me the mystery was whether Kitty would extradite herself from the situation and if so, how she would go about it without losing her brother or herself in the process.  Lady Ginger was terrifying so be forewarned and there is a big surprise at the end about this character!  I read the first 3 books in quick succession but I am only going to tell you about 1 book each week so that I don't leave you with too many spoilers.


Melanie's Week in Review - October, 8 2017
Book 2 that I want to tell you about is book 2 of the Oddjobs series by Heide Goody and Iain Grant - Oddjobs 2: This Time It's Personnel. In this instalment the Venislarn are still being the Venislarn and the Consular Office are still trying to keep their existence hidden. An agent of the Venislarn is going door to door and buying souls along with a cheap broadband subscription and 'the gang' ie Morag and co are going to make sure that he doesn't succeed in bringing about whatever alien armageddon he has planned. From an alien with dementia and the power to make whole areas of the city disappear to murderous school children to a demon trapped in cloth doll are just a few of the zany happenings that Goody and Grant have in store in Oddjobs 2.

I don't know how Goody and Grant do it. How can they be soo funny book after book? I laughed my way through the Clovenhoof series and do some serious chuckling in this one. The best character by far is Steve the Destroyer...aka demon trapped in a cloth doll. I do so hope that Steve is brought back for book 3 as across 2 different series he is pretty close to my favourite character. Can't quite figure out where the authors are planning to go with the series but I look forward to finding out.


That is it for me this week. Stay tuned to find out what happens to Kitty Peck.  Until next week Happy Reading!





Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders
Kitty Peck 1
Faber & Faber, September 11, 2017
    Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Faber & Faber, June 25, 2013
    eBook, 368 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - October, 8 2017
Limehouse, 1880: Dancing girls are going missing from 'Paradise' - the criminal manor with ruthless efficiency by the ferocious Lady Ginger. Seventeen-year-old music hall seamstress Kitty Peck finds herself reluctantly drawn into a web of blackmail, depravity and murder when The Lady devises a singular scheme to discover the truth. But as Kitty's scandalous and terrifying act becomes the talk of London, she finds herself facing someone even more deadly and horrifying than The Lady.

Bold, impetuous and blessed with more brains than she cares to admit, it soon becomes apparent that it's up to the unlikely team of Kitty and her stagehand friend, Lucca, to unravel the truth and ensure that more girls do not meet with a similar fate. But are Kitty's courage and common sense and Lucca's book learning a match for the monster in the shadows? Their investigations take them from the gin-fuelled halls and doss houses of the East End to the champagne-fuelled galleries of the West End.

Take nothing at face value: Kitty is about to step out on a path of discovery that changes everything . . .





Oddjobs 2: This Time It's Personnel
Oddjobs 2
Pigeon Park Press, August 25, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 382 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - October, 8 2017
The Venislarn. Vastly intelligent aliens from another dimension or dribbling insane gods from a distant realm? It’s impossible to tell. What’s certain is that they’re here and they’re going to destroy our world.

But, hey, there’s no mileage to be gained from telling the kiddywinks that monsters are real…

The consular mission to the Venislarn are the god appeasers and the end of life carers for an oblivious planet. It may be the end of the world as we know it but there are procedures and policies in place and everything should go according to plan.

But, in the city, someone’s buying souls door to door, dealing the kind of magical drugs that guarantee a really, really bad trip and, if something isn’t done about it, the end of the world might just happen a lot sooner than planned.

Sequel to the hilarious ‘Oddjobs’, this is a workplace comedy like no other, featuring face-eating grannies, telepathic spiders, bloodthirsty school kids, murder on the dancefloor, sex-crazed pondlife, and actual stockbrokers from hell.

The weekend can’t come soon enough (if it comes at all).

Melanie's Week in Review - May 28, 2017


Melanie's Week in Review - May 28, 2017


Happy bank holiday to me! This is the second bank holiday of May here in the UK and despite rain this morning today was gloriously sunny and warm. I managed not to get too burned while I was watching the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on my iPad outside. Sorry! I wasn't reading and this is part of the reason why I only have 1 book to tell you about this week *gasp*. I am not sure why I only managed to read only 1 book but I have completed a thorough search of all my e-Reader apps and nothing else is popping out saying 'review me, review me!'. So here you go.


Melanie's Week in Review - May 28, 2017
Around the time I was having my love affair with the Clovenhoof series I was offered an advance copy of Disenchanted by Heide Goody and Iain Grant. I loved each and every Clovenhoof book I read and I was thrilled to be offered the opportunity (directly from the author) to read a new book from the hilarious writing duo of Goody and Grant.

Ella Hannaford thought she was leading a fairly normal life, had a good job, lived with her Dad and about to suffer the indignity of going to her future mother in law's hen party. Life seemed pretty normal until 7 foul mouthed dwarfs kidnap her from the hen party and drag her to an alternative fairy tale reality. The big bad wolf is the least of Ella's worries when she discovers that her very own fairy godmother is willing to do anything to give her a happily ever after!

I loved every page of every book of the Clovenhoof series and there was lots of lolling and rolfing on public transport. I was expecting to do something similar with Disenchanted but unfortunately, I am one of the very few who didn't find it that funny. I really wanted to find it funny and while I found bits and pieces a bit of a laugh, overall I only found it mildly amusing. I did however, find the concept unique and the authors are very creative. The pace of the story is perfect and I never knew what was going to happen next. If you are looking forward to a light-hearted story, don't mind quite a bit of swearing and like a good fairy tale then give it a read but if you are a big fan and expecting another Clovenhoof then this is your warning that it isn't as funny as that series.


That is it for me this week. Sorry it is so short. You won't hear from me next week (and maybe the week after) as I am off on holiday so see you in a couple of weeks. Happy Reading!





Disenchanted
Pigeon Park Press, February 12, 2017
     Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Pigeon Park Press, May 5, 2017
     Kindle eBook

Melanie's Week in Review - May 28, 2017
Ella Hannaford has a small business to run, an overworked father to look after and a future stepmother who wants a perfect wedding.

Can she avoid a girly night out with her clueless stepsister? Can she side-step lovesick suitors at every turn? Not if it’s up to that team of foul-mouthed dwarfs who want to forcibly drag her into her happily ever after.

Gingerbread cottages, dodgy European gangsters, gun-toting grannies, wisecracking wolves, stubborn fairy godmothers, ogres, beanstalks and flying carpets abound in a tale about what happens when you refuse to accept your Happy Ending.

Melanie's Week in Review - March 26, 2017


Melanie's Week in Review - March 26, 2017


Sorry for missing last week. I was a bit behind schedule on quite a few things including the books I had planned on reading. But here I am with 2 books to tell you about.


Melanie's Week in Review - March 26, 2017
I didn't think it was possible for Heide Goody and Iain Grant to get any funnier but they do. Beelzebelle - book 5 of the Clovenhoof series - is 100% crazy and 150% hilarious.

In this installment Jeremy ends up with a baby...well not his baby but after a series of ridiculous events he ends up taking care of baby Bea who is quickly renames Beelzebelle. When baby Belle won't stop crying Jeremy calls SCUM - not quite what you think - Sutton Coldfield Union of Mums with what he describes as a 'five boob emergency'. Somehow Jeremy is quite popular with the members of SCUM and when they protest against the local new church kicking them out of their hall for breast feeding it's up to Jeremy to fight for the cause. While Jeremy finds his feet (or in his case hooves) being a dad Michael is busy working for the leader of the aforementioned new church creating apps and basically missing the fact that his new boss isn't a very nice guy. Nerys and Ben are back and feature heavily in the plot especially after Clovenhoof destroys their block of flats and gets them kicked out. All these minor plots threads come together into one hilariously, crazy resolution. I dare you not to laugh all your way through.

I didn't think it was possible to laugh more during a book but I thought I was going to need surgery from busting my guts in nearly every chapter. From chesticles to lady cushions Goody and Grant just keep the laughs coming page after page.


Melanie's Week in Review - March 26, 2017
Read number 2 is a gaslamp fantasy novella Brothers Ruin by Emma Newman. This is the first in Newman's Industrial Magic series. Set in a England in the 1850s where children who show magical talent are sold by their family to the Royal Society who use them as an elite force to protect the country. Charlotte is satisfied with her life as an book illustrator waiting to marry her plain but stable fiance. When Charlotte's brother comes to the attention of the Royal Society Charlotte knows she must do something. Charlotte's brother is not a magical talent but she is. In order to save him she combines her magic with his. When she discovers Doctor Ledbetter's evil plot she knows she must act and act quickly to save her family.

If you are looking for a quick read then look no further. I think that Brother's Ruin took only 2-3 hours to read cover to cover. I call this is a 2 commute book. My commute to work gives me about an hour of concentrated reading time and I had this book read in less than 3 trips to work. While it was quick to read I think that Newman left out too much detail and I felt that both Charlotte and the nefarious plot were a bit one dimensional. I was quite disappointed in this first instalment of the series. As with Newman's Split Worlds series the relationships between characters rely heavily on class structure and it takes the plucky but not very high class heroine to save the day. Worth a read if you want a story that isn't going to challenge you and doesn't take ages to read.


That's it for me. The next time you hear from me it will be April! Until then Happy Reading!




Beelzebelle
Clovenhoof Book 5
Pigeon Park Press, February 2016
      Trade Paperback, 396 pages
Pigeon Park Press, April 2016
      eBook, 396 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - March 26, 2017
To the devil a daughter!

Parenthood can come as a shock to some. It’s especially shocking if you are Satan, the Prince of Hell, and are trying to live a quiet life of semi-retirement in suburban England under the name of Jeremy Clovenhoof.

Clovenhoof quickly finds that being a single parent involves more than lullabies and nappies and has to contend with social disapproval, paternity tests and, possibly, the end of the world.

The fifth novel in the Clovenhoof series, Beelzebelle is an anarchic adventure, featuring a psychotic monkey au pair, runaway coffins, badly stuffed animals, strip dominoes, fire-breathing ferrets, pimped-up prams, well-meaning middle-class mums, apocalyptic floods, the largest act of public nudity Birmingham has ever seen and way too much homebrew Lambrini.




Brother's Ruin
Industrial Magic 1
Tor.com, March 14, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 192 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - March 26, 2017
The year is 1850 and Great Britain is flourishing, thanks to the Royal Society of the Esoteric Arts. When a new mage is discovered, Royal Society elites descend like buzzards to snatch up a new apprentice. Talented mages are bought from their families at a tremendous price, while weak mages are snapped up for a pittance. For a lower middle class family like the Gunns, the loss of a son can be disastrous, so when seemingly magical incidents begin cropping up at home, they fear for their Ben's life and their own livelihoods.

But Benjamin Gunn isn't a talented mage. His sister Charlotte is, and to prevent her brother from being imprisoned for false reporting she combines her powers with his to make him seem a better prospect.

When she discovers a nefarious plot by the sinister Doctor Ledbetter, Charlotte must use all her cunning and guile to protect her family, her secret and her city.

Brother's Ruin is the first in a new gaslamp fantasy series by Emma Newman.

Melanie's Week in Review - March 12, 2017


Melanie's Week in Review - March 12, 2017

I apologise in advance if I start typing mmmmm as I write this. Today has been one of those days required post work chocolate and the sweetie of choice is M&Ms. I am stuffing my face with peanut M&Ms as I write this so my fingers may end up typing the odd errant M in between shoving this chocolaty treat into my mouth. So what did M read?


Melanie's Week in Review - March 12, 2017
Hilarity abounded this week as I enjoyed book 3 of the Clovenhoof series by Heide Goody and Iain Grant. No Jeremy this time. What you say? No Jeremy Clovenhoof everyone's favourite former Prince of Hell? That's right no Jeremy. This story starts in the Celestial City and everyone is in an uproar as a being named Simon has been discovered in Toulon. That might not sound very unusual but Simon has no soul. Even more odd is that Simon is looking for Mary (aka Mother Mary, mother of Jesus). No one has heard from Mary in decades so it is up to Joan of Arc, St Francis and St Christopher to go down to earth to find Mary and solve the mystery of the souless Simon. Sounds simple enough but nothing is ever as easy as it seems especially when 3 of Heaven's B or possibly C team are sent down to Earth to find Mary. It's almost mission impossible for this hapless trio. From the red light district of Amsterdam to the Louvre in Paris and down to Toulon this celestial squad try to best to navigate modern culture, to hilarious results in their search of Mary and a way to stop Armageddon.

I didn't think it was possible for a book in this series to be funny without Jeremy in it. I was wrong. Godsquad is HILARIOUS. Perhaps the teeny tiniest not as funny as the books with Jeremy in them but very, very funny indeed. I especially enjoyed the chapter involving the training course that Joan, Francis and Christopher had to attend to prepare themselves for earth hundreds of years after they had last been there. I am not sure how the writing duo of Goody and Grant do it. How is it so funny book after book? I was lolling and rolfing all the way into work. Yet again I highlighted so many sections of this book that it would take several pages to tell you all about them. I think you could easily read this as a standalone story. Get it, read it asap!


Melanie's Week in Review - March 12, 2017
I thought I better give my stomach a break from all the lolling and discovered that the final instalment of the Night Prince series was available. Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost wraps up the story of Vlad and Leila. After the horrific events of the previous book Leila is still left magically connected to Vlad's enemy Mircea. If he is hurt, she is hurt. If he dies she dies. A powerful necromancer is involved who Vlad and Leila need to find before Leila pays the ultimate price.

I am glad that Frost decided to wrap up this series. While I don't mind a bit of PNR to talk my mind off 'real life' I probably shouldn't have followed the Clovenhoof books with Into the Fire. I just found that I didn't really care what happened to Leila and all the charred bodies and exploding heads got to be a bit dull in the end. There were a number of points where I wished Jeremy Clovenhoof would come trotting into the scene and do something outrageously funny rather than reading another chapter where it was OK if Vlad killed someone as long as he loved. I am sure that fans of this series will be sad to see these characters go whereas I am left feeling a bit disappointed that this instalment feels like the story was dragged out a bit too long.


That is it for me this week. I am going to try to mix my reading up a bit this week. I won't commit to not reading any Clovenhoof though!. Until next week happy reading.





Godsquad
Clovenhoof 3
Pigeon Park Press, February 6, 2015
     Trade Paperback, 316 pages
Pigeon Park Press, April 23, 2015
     eBook, 318 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - March 12, 2017
The Team:
Joan of Arc, the armour-plated teen saint of Orleans.
Francis of Assisi, friend to all the animals whether they like it or not.
St Christopher, the patron saint of travel who by papal decree has never existed – no matter how much he argues otherwise.

The Mission:
An impossible prayer has been received by Heaven and it’s a prayer that only Mary, Mother of God, can answer. Unfortunately, Mary hasn’t been seen in decades and is off wandering the Earth somewhere. This elite team of Heavenly saints are sent down to Earth to find Mary before Armageddon is unleashed on an unsuspecting world.

Godsquad:
A breathless comedy road trip from Heaven to France and all points in-between featuring murderous butchers, a coachload of Welsh women, flying portaloos, nuclear missiles, giant rubber dragons, an army of dogs, a very rude balloon and way too much French wine.




Into the Fire
A Night Prince Novel 4
Avon, February 28, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages
Hardcover, 320 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - March 12, 2017
In the explosive finale to New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince series, Vlad is in danger of losing his bride to an enemy whose powers might prove greater than the Prince of Vampires’ . . .In the wrong hands,  love can be a deadly weapon

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now, falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them . . . and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.

Melanie's Week in Review - March 5, 2017


Melanie's Week in Review - March 5, 2017


Hello from a wet and rainy March day. This is just the sort of day that makes you want to stay in bed and read a good book. Alas, I have to go shoe shopping with the hubinator (he's buying not me). Wish me luck!


Melanie's Week in Review - March 5, 2017
This week is all about my new favourite antihero Jeremy Clovenhoof. Hot on the hilarious trail of last week's review of Clovenhoof by Heide Goody and Iain Grant I ended up buying all of the books in the series. Book 2 Pigeonwings is just as funny as book 1 in part by the introduction of a new main character - Michael St Michaels. If you remember at the end of Clovenhoof the archangel Michael has been cast out of heaven for the part he plays in the events of that story. Lets just say that Michael's ability to adapt to foibles of humanity is not as well developed as Jeremy's. All things related to digestion baffle the now very human Michael, as does his 'thing'. Michael tries to find his place in the community. Attempting to help out at the local church that bears his name and with the boy scouts both end in hilarious results. When wedding bells take both Michael and Jeremy into Wales they become embroiled in the mystery of a group of monks that aren't exactly as they seem.

I would be remiss if I didn't give a health warning to this book. Prepare to have a sore stomach and suffer possible odd looks from fellow commuters. The scenes when Nerys' sister Jayne comes to visit had me me 'loling' it up all the way into work and back especially when they decide to hit the nightclubs in Birmingham. Jeremy is, as ever, up to no good. When he takes over the local Women's Institute meeting after the group eat some dubious mushroom quiche is truly the work of the devil. Devilishly funny. Yet again, Goody and Grant leave the big reveal of the plot until the final chapters. Interspersed between Michael trying to be good and Jeremy determined not to be are chapters dedicated to the monks. I couldn't really figure out what was going on but everything was wrapped up at the end. Another hilarious instalment by this exceptionally funny writing duo.


Melanie's Week in Review - March 5, 2017Fast forward to 2016 when both Jeremy and Michael think the world is about to end in Clovenhoof and the Trump of Doom. Jeremy believes that he will stop this happening if he can stop Donald Trump from becoming President of the United States and Michael is determined to win the Eurovision Song Contest as his means of stopping the UK from voting to leave the EU (ie Brexit referendum). Clovenhoof flies off to the States (with Michael's credit card) to track down Trump while Michael heads off to travel through Europe collecting bandmates for award winning act. Hilarity abounds on both sides of the Atlantic in Clovenhoof and the Trump of Doom.

Grant and Goody ramp up the hilarity in this instalment particularly with Clovenhoof. I could easily recite half of this short story, I found it so funny. Even if you haven't read the other books of the series I think you could easily enjoy this as a standalone story. If you are a staunch Republican or Brexiteer then you may wish to give this story a miss. Everyone else, prepare to laugh your socks off.


That's it for me. I needed some laughs this week and I certainly got them all thanks to Goody and Grant so thank you! For your week ahead happy reading.




Pigeonwings
Clovenhoof 2
Pigeon Park Press, August 10, 2013
     eBook, 375 pages
Pigeon Park Press, July 21, 2015
     Trade Paperback, 374 pages
Review copy: Reviewer's Own

Melanie's Week in Review - March 5, 2017
As punishment for his part in an attempted coup in Heaven, the Archangel Michael is banished to Earth. The holiest of the angelic host has to learn to live as a mortal, not an easy job when you’ve got Satan as a next-door neighbour.

Michael soon finds that being a good person involves more than helping out at Sunday school and attending church coffee mornings. He has to find his purpose in life, deal with earthly temptations and solve a mystery involving some unusual monks and a jar of very dangerous jam.

Heide Goody and Iain Grant have written a wild comedy that features spear-wielding cub scouts, accidental transvestites, King Arthur, a super-intelligent sheepdog, hallucinogenic snacks, evil peacocks, old ladies with biscuits, naked paintball, stolen tractors, clairvoyant computers, the Women’s Institute, and way too much alcohol.




Clovenhoof and the Trump of Doom
A Clovenhoof Short Story
Pigeon Park Press, December 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 156 pages
Review copy: Reviewer's Own

Melanie's Week in Review - March 5, 2017
Halloween 2016. It is eight days until the American people vote for the 45th President of the United States and millions are struck with horror at the prospect of Donald J Drumpf – businessman, reality TV star and professional wrestler – getting his hands on the oval office. However, few of those people know that Nostradamus had foreseen both Drumpf’s presidency and the British exit from the EU spelling the end of the world as we know it.

Jeremy Clovenhoof and Michael Michaels - the earthly incarnations of Satan and the Archangel Michael - have read the prophecies and must do their utmost to stop them coming true (because Clovenhoof can’t let the world end until he’s seen the latest series of Game of Thrones). As Michael heads to Europe to undo Brexit through the power of song, Clovenhoof flies to the US to stop Drumpf becoming president by whatever means are necessary.

If you want a searing indictment of global politics and intelligent analysis of the greatest historical events of our time, go somewhere else. But if you want rampaging elephants, naked continental types, drone-mounted chickens, accidental neo-Nazis, LSD-spiked brownies, the Large Hadron Collider and the vengeful spirit of the Statue of Liberty then this slice of hellish fun might be just what you need.

Melanie's Week in Review - February 26, 2017


Melanie's Week in Review - February 26, 2017


Hello! I hope you have had a good week. I was in a funk in the earlier part of the week. Unlike a number of my friends I am still reading the news and boy, it is depressing. Between Brexit and other things the news is as gloomy as the weather. I tried to get interested in my TBR but I just couldn't do it so I had a little spree on NetGalley and Amazon. By the time my spree was over it was already Wednesday before I started to read a book I hadn't read several times already (anything by Ilona Andrews is my 'go to' when I am feeling blue). Lucky for you and for me my choice of book was a cracker. So what did I read?


Melanie's Week in Review - February 26, 2017
While I feel like I should apologise for only reading 1 book I find that I can't. Why you may ask? It's simple. Clovenhoof was fantastic. Fantastic and hilarious.

You may remember when I discovered Heide Goody and Iain Grant's Oddjobs and thought it was super funny? Well it doesn't hold a funny candle to Clovenhoof. Fired from his job as the Prince of Hell, Satan is cast down to earth to live as a human in the sleepy suburbs of Birmingham. Forced to integrate into society Jeremy Clovenhoof tries his best to act normal while hating every minute of it. Along for the ride are his neighours Nerys and Ben who try but fail miserably to keep Jeremy on the straight and narrow. Jeremy misses his old life and wishes the saying 'hell on earth' was actually true.

Clovenhoof is one of the funniest books I have ever read. Even the 'hubinator' who will barely smirk at the funniest books admitted to openly guffawing on public transportation (is that gol'ing?) I however, was lol'ing all the way through. Goody and Grant have obviously worked in the public sector as the scenes where Jeremy fails to meet his targets and participates in brain storming sessions to come up with a vision and mission statement were not only funny but true to life.

There are soo many funny lines and even funnier circumstances that Jeremy finds himself in I could end up quoting half the book. Clovenhoof is not just laughs as there is a story behind all the japes which you don't discover until the final chapters. If you want to be entertained then this is the book for you. I am already excited about book 2. Clovenhoof is already on my list for my fave book read in 2017.




Clovenhoof
Clovenhoof 1
Pigeon Park Press, July 2015
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 396 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - February 26, 2017
Charged with gross incompetence, Satan is fired from his job as Prince of Hell and exiled to that most terrible of places: English suburbia. Forced to live as a human under the name of Jeremy Clovenhoof, the dark lord not only has to contend with the fact that no one recognises him or gives him the credit he deserves but also has to put up with the bookish wargamer next door and the voracious man-eater upstairs. Heaven, Hell and the city of Birmingham collide in a story that features murder, heavy metal, cannibalism, armed robbers, devious old ladies, Satanists who live with their mums, gentlemen of limited stature, dead vicars, petty archangels, flamethrowers, sex dolls, a blood-soaked school assembly and way too much alcohol. Clovenhoof is outrageous and irreverent (and laugh out loud funny!) but it is also filled with huge warmth and humanity. Written by first-time collaborators Heide Goody and Iain Grant, Clovenhoof will have you rooting for the bad guy like never before.

Melanie's Week in Review - December 11, 2016


Melanie's Week in Review - December 11, 2016


Melanie's Week in Review - December 11, 2016
I'm baaaack. I hope that you missed me. I had a great time in Berlin as you can see from this photo of me enjoying a gluwein (aka mulled wine) in one of Berlin's many Christmas markets. There are so many interesting things to see and do so if you ever have the opportunity and haven't been then I recommend you go. If you go in December wear your long johns though as it was freeezzzzing!

Enough of my holiday how about what I have read.


Melanie's Week in Review - December 11, 2016
First up was Wilkie Martin's fourth instalment of the hapless Andy Caplet and formidable Inspector Hobbes. When we left Andy he was had unwittingly helped to solve a crime and netted himself a job and a girlfriend in the process. Book 4 - Inspector Hobbes and the Bones - is set two years later and finds Andy at a loose end. His wife has gone to Egypt on an archaeological dig leaving him to his own devices. Unfortunately, terrible floods have hit the area which leaves Andy homeless and back living on Black Dog street with Hobbes and Mrs. Goodfellow. It's not long before Andy becomes embroiled in a new case when a local resident ends up dead. Andy and Hobbes (well mostly Hobbes) are back on the case in between eating Mrs. Goodfellow's sumptuous food.

I really enjoy this series and Inspector Hobbes and the Bones was no exception. Andy is as accident prone and unlucky as ever. He seems to get himself into one pickle after another and there is one 'predicament' that Andy finds himself in that is especially funny. Poor Andy. I was certain that the last book was the final one and while I would have been happy with that I still really enjoyed this latest adventure. Martin stays true to his characters and yet delivers another intricately woven plot. I think you could read this as a stand alone but why would you want to miss books 1-3? Too fun to miss.


Melanie's Week in Review - December 11, 2016
Book 2 for me was Mage Slave by R.K. Thorne which is the first in the Enslaved Chronicles. The story centers on 2 characters - the mage slave Miara who has been made to kidnap Prince Aven (also a mage). The main focus of the story follows what happens subsequent to Aven's capture and their romantic entanglement. I don't have a lot to say here because I did not enjoy Thorne's tale. I found the characters were overtly innocent and immature. Aven only seemed interested in finding a girlfriend and despite being kidnapped by Miara he flitted around the story like a lost puppy. I did finish it but did a lot of skim reading. This was hard going.


Melanie's Week in Review - December 11, 2016
I am able to say that I can give you the feedback sandwich - good news, bad news, good news. You have had first two pieces of my sandwich and now it is onto the third. I thoroughly enjoyed Oddjobs by Heide Goody and Iain Grant. Oddjobs introduces us to Morag Murray who has moved from Edinburgh to Birmingham to work for a covert organisation who are responsible for organizing the end of the world. The world has been inhabited by an alien race of fish type monsters. Humanity is doomed and it won't be long before the alien apocalypse subjects mankind of something worse than hell. However, before that happens there is paperwork to do!

This is a really unique book. End of the world with a twist. I enjoyed the characters, didn't guess what was going to happen and found it really amusing. It was very 'British' with a number of British 'in jokes' which I thought were very funny but I am not sure those not familiar with life in England would actually get these jokes. Don't let that stop you from enjoying a truly funny book.


That is it for me this week. I hope to give you some good news next week. I have a bunch of books to read and looking forward to telling you all about them. Until next week Happy Reading!





Inspector Hobbes and the Bones
unhuman 4
The Witcherley Book Company, December 16, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBook, 348 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - December 11, 2016
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 cosy comedy crime fantasies.


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Mage Slave
The Enslave Chronicles 1
Iron Antler Books, July 2016 - Kindle eBook and Trade Paperback
Iron Antler Books, November 5, 2016 - Hardcover

Melanie's Week in Review - December 11, 2016
A warrior prince, a talented spy. A quest to free an enslaved people begins.

Crown Prince Aven Lanuken wants something more than a trophy for a future wife. He wants a woman who will be more friend than follower. A queen who will be more warrior than diplomat. He wants a partner he can trust… with a dangerous secret that’s kept him trapped in a dark mountain fortress his entire life.

Mage slave Miara wants something more, too—to find an enemy prince. And not to marry him. She’s just received orders for her very first kidnapping. She loathes the idea of it, and it’s probably a suicide mission. But she has never failed a mission before and doesn't intend to start now.

Of all the women in the world, why does he have to fall for the one trying to kill him?

Magic, politics, love, and fate collide in the destinies of two people in this fantasy adventure from R. K. Thorne. For lovers of swords and sorcery with a side of romance, Mage Slave is the first novel in the Enslaved Chronicles trilogy.





Oddjobs
Pigeon Park Press, June 12, 2016
     Trade Paperback, 294 pages
Pigeon Park Press, August 11, 2016
     Kindle eBook, 296 pages

Melanie's Week in Review - December 11, 2016
It’s the end of the world as we know it, but someone still needs to do the paperwork.
Incomprehensible horrors from beyond are going to devour our world but that’s no excuse to get all emotional about it. Morag Murray works for the secret government organisation responsible for making sure the apocalypse goes as smoothly and as quietly as possible.

In her first week on the job, Morag has to hunt down a man-eating starfish, solve a supernatural murder and, if she’s got time, prevent her own inevitable death.

The first book in a new comedy series by the creators of ‘Clovenhoof’, Oddjobs is a sideswipe at the world of work and a fantastical adventure featuring amphibian wannabe gangstas, mad old cat ladies, ancient gods, apocalyptic scrabble, fish porn, telepathic curry and, possibly, the end of the world before the weekend.

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