Shortlisted for Impress Prize for New Writers 2015
As a crime wave breaks over the quiet Cotswold streets, Andy Caplet, the worst reporter in town, is reluctantly immersed in Inspector Hobbes’s investigation. Allergic to danger and physical exertion, Andy is thrown into grave confusion at the discovery that not everyone is human. At the same time he must come to terms with Hobbes’s extreme oddness and the tooth-collecting habits of Hobbes’s housekeeper, the indomitable Mrs Goodfellow. Can a suicide, a murder, and a number of singular robberies be connected? If so, what is the connection?
When Hobbes goes missing, and the cops decide he’s big and bad enough to look after himself, Andy, striving against deep-rooted incompetence and clumsiness, sets out to find him. With a delinquent dog to assist, armed only with a leg of lamb, and despite losing his trousers, he discovers the key to the mystery is in the blood. But in whose blood?
Where is Hobbes? And can he catch vampirism off false teeth?
This is the first in Wilkie Martin’s unhuman series of fast-paced, comedy crime fantasy adventures, with lashings of great food.
‘I ought to tell you, dear, he can get rather wild when he’s hungry’