Thursday, February 24, 2011

Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King's Daughter by Simon Brett

An author has to be a master of the subject in order write a successful takeoff, and Simon Brett is definitely a master of the Golden Age mystery. Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King's Daughter has so many elements of those mysteries set in England amongst the nobility, but Brett takes every character to the extreme in the first book in this comic series.

The Right Honourable Deveraux Lyminster (Blotto) is the second son of the family.  Brett superbly describes Blotto's intelligence. "Blotto's thoughts rarely ran deep enough to dampen the soles of his handmade brougues." So, when Blotto found a dead body in the library, it's a good thing he had his sister, Twink, to help. The Lady Honoria Lyminster (Twink) was more than eager to play amateur detective.  Twink understood that they would be forced to call in the police, but, as in every traditional mystery, it would be up to the amateur detective to actually solve the case.  Since their mother, the Dowager Duchess, is hosting the ex-King of Mitteleuropia, and the deceased is part of his entourage, there are diplomatic issues.  Then there is the fact that no one in the entourage will admit that the deceased is missing from their party. 

While Twink is ready to solve the case, the Dowager Duchess does everything in her power, even calling the mother of one of the Chief Constable to insist the case be closed. But murder is only the prelude to another crime, the kidnapping of the ex-king's daughter. Since this is a disgrace to the family honor, the Dowager Duchess sends Blotto on a mission to Mitteleuropia to rescue her, warning poor Blotto he'll be expected to marry her if he succeeds, and he'll probably die or be captured if he doesn't. Thank heavens Blotto has Twink on his side.  And, who would know one of Blotto's few skills, as a cricket player, would come in handy?

Brett has done a masterful job poking fun at mysteries with amateur sleuths of the British nobility. I'll have to admit, I've never been a fan of broad humor.  I never cared for the Three Stooges or the Marx Brothers. So, although I can appreciate what Brett did, the humor isn't my style.  On the  other hand, a young man at the library today saw my copy of the book, asked me about it, and he's ready to read it.  Don't hesitate to pick up Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King's Daughter because I don't appreciate the humor. I'm sure Simon Brett's fans will welcome his return to his humorous mysteries.

Simon Brett's website is www.simonbrett.com

Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King's Daughter by Simon Brett. Felony & Mayhem, LLC, ©2011. ISBN 9781934609699 (paperback), 211p.

*****
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy of the book, in hopes I would review it.

13 comments:

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I sort of like the slapsticky stuff sometimes...and the poking fun at mysteries with investigating royals might be fun. Thanks for the review!

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Elizabeth. And, that's why I made it clear that the book didn't fit my taste in humor, but I'm sure there are a number of readers who will really enjoy it. I hope you get a chance to read it.

bermudaonion said...

I'm not a fan of that type of humor either, but my mom is, so I'm going to tell her about this book.

Lesa said...

Perfect, Kathy. It's nice to know the book will find its target audience, although I'm not it.

caryn said...

I'm not much for this sort of humor but my daughter is so I will pass on the title to her. In the meantime, I scrolled down the blog to see what I'd missed since I was last here and got a chance to hear you preview March books. A couple of them are definitely to my liking-and in fact a couple are already preordered! Missed the cat though.

Elizabeth said...

This sound similar to books I remember my daughters
enjoying by Evelyn Waugh. The titles I remember were VILE BODIES and SCOOP. I liked the cover artwork on them but I never read them. This being a mystery holds more interest for me and I do love humor, broad as it may be.

Lesa said...

Ah, Caryn. Maybe I'll have cats back next month. It's always nice to find books we can recommend to others, even if they're not to our taste.

Lesa said...

Elizabeth,

The book jacket mentioned P.G. Wodehouse for those who liked his books. So, you might really enjoy this one.

susied said...

This reminds me of an Agatha Christie mystery I recently read. The names of the characters were Socks, Pongo and Bundle which really set the mood of the story.

Mr. Brett's book sounds like fun and I will put this one on my wish list.

I love the cover!

Lesa said...

Susie,

It's supposed to be a combination of Agatha Christie & P.G. Wodehouse. Blotto's name alone set the mood for this one.

Sounds like one you'll enjoy!

Sheila Beaumont said...

Thanks, Lesa. This sounds like just my sort of thing! And I love Felony & Mayhem Press!

Lesa said...

Your welcome, Sheila. See how many people want to read the book? It was a positive review, although it wasn't to my taste. But, I could still tell what people might like about it. I hope you enjoy it! And, I'd love someone to come back after they read it, and do a quick comment here.

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