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Simon Brett
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Book Description

29 July 2010
Ex-Princess Etheline, daughter of the exiled king of Mitteleuropia, has been kidnapped during a visit to Tawcester Towers, ancestral seat of the Dukes of Tawcester, and ducal family honour demands that she should be rescued. The Dowager Duchess entrusts the task to her son, the Right Hon. Devereux Lyminster, known universally as 'Blotto'. He is, of course, terribly handsome, honourable and brave, but as sadly deficient in the brains department as his sister 'Twinks' is gifted. So Blotto sets off, accompanied by trusty former batman and chauffeur, Corky Froggett. They drive across many countries to Mitteleuropia, a realm now ruled by a usurper, the ex-king's brother, where they suspect the princess has been taken. Can brave Blotto and loyal Corky rescue Ethelinda, or will they meet their end in the evil clutches of King Vlatislav?

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson Publishing (29 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849013799
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849013796
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Brett worked as a producer in radio and television before taking up writing full time. As well as the much-loved Fethering series, the Mrs Pargeter novels and the Charles Paris detective series, he has written a number of radio and television scripts. Married with three children, he lives in an Agatha Christie-style village on the South Downs. You can find out more about Simon at his website:

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P.G. Wodehouse never turned his hand to detective fiction, but if he had done so, he might have done something a little like this.

Light, well-balanced and bubbling with subtlety and delight. --Crime Time

Top notch.

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A hair-raising adventure set between the wars introduces fabulous brother and sister sleuthing duo, Blotto and Twinks! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 5 April 2011
I loved the Charles Paris novels; I adored Mrs Pargetter; I cannot get enough of the Fethering books. So I was quite excited about another series by Simon Brett. However, I did not find this up to the usual Brett standard. OK, I realised it was more tongue-in-cheek than his former works, but it just did not engage me. The characters were trying too hard to be Wodehousian - and, I am afraid, failing. The plot was more Enid Blyton than P G Wodehouse and I quite expected Noddy and Big Ears to appear somewhere along the line. If the book was supposed to be "whimsical" - it failed, coming over as too contrived. I suppose the dialogue was supposed to echo comedy of the 1920s and 1930s, but in that it also failed. I just hope Simon Brett writes more Charles Paris, Mrs Pargetter and Fethering stories and less Blotto and Twink.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Total tosh! 2 May 2012
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Total tosh but very entertaining tosh! If you like P G Wodehouse you will probably enjoy this. My favourite adjective is now 'spoffing'!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny weird 5 Jun 2013
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This was a great read. Very unexpectedly enjoyable take off of the 'upper' classes. It was slightly over the top in places but not too much the worse for that. It was slightly 'off the wall' which I find amusing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this lighthearted diversion from reality. 12 April 2013
By klymers
Iv never read any of this authors books before, but am definitely a fan now. If you like serious who dunnits then this is probably not the book for you as a multi layered, twisting plot this does not boast, but neither does it set out to. Instead, this is a laugh out loud, romp through 1920s aristocratic society, with some superb comic characters. Blotto is the upper class twit personified.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading for a sunny afternoon 19 Jun 2012
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I have read several of Simon Bretts books so thought this would be good
and it was if you like light hearted stories. The brother and sister sleuthing duo,
Blotto and Twinks what nicknames and the dialogue how "spiffing" but all a bit
tongue in cheek.
Will I read anymore...yes I think I will.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh Out Loud Romp 24 April 2010
Like the illegitimate love child of P G Wodehouse and Agatha Christie, this improbable romp, involving a usurping foreign king, a kidnapped princess and an intellectually-challenged upper-middle class man aided by a brighter female and hindered by a couple of bovine-brained policemen, crackles with unlikely coincidences and laugh out loud humour. E.g 'I want to tell you about your crimes and the reasons why you committed them.'
'Because it is something I usually do at this stage in the proceedings.'
'But I am bleeding to death.'
'Oh don't worry. I won't go into all the details.' (page 87)

The dedication reads, 'To Pete, who always had a taste for the silly', and that is the spirit in which this fun parody should be read. If you enjoy whodunnits and witty humour this book is perfect holiday reading, or will bring sunshine to a cosy fireside in winter.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is too silly for words 1 Sep 2011
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This book is just too silly to be enjoyable. I am a real Simon Brett fan and buy all his books: Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter; Fethering. But this is over the top. It's wholly idiotic and even so, has only one funny passage (batting away the bombs0 Even that is wholly over the top. I won't be buying any more in the series. It just takes pastiche too far and comes across as lazy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a load of old nonesense 1 Jun 2011
By jason
From the author that bought you those fabulous Charles Paris stories, and later Fetherings, now how low can you go?...

Some very silliness, a mix of pg wodehouse and a fairytale, total nonesense, the author can do MUCH MUCH better than this, I'm embarressed for the guy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book to read.
This is a very light-hearted read but enjoyable none the less. I will definitely be buying more in the series.
Published 1 month ago by Jukebox
2.0 out of 5 stars clever concept but for me just not cricket
I love Simon Brett's ability to engage the reader in whatever he writes about but these characters didn't do it for me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. S. C. Meredith
4.0 out of 5 stars A Ripping Yarn
A very nice introduction to the series.Funny?;yes,perhaps tries too hard.Certainly exciting if predictable when has read more sober types of this type of story. Read more
Published 10 months ago by descartes
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
This book was ok, not a rip roaring read but a nice easy read. A bit different to the normal detective novel
Published 12 months ago by svanna
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
This is the first Blotto and Twinks novel I have read and it was very enjoyable. I liked the upper crust banter and the characters were very entertaining.
Published 13 months ago by Amethystlady64
1.0 out of 5 stars Life is too short
I too have read a number of Simon Brett's Charles Paris and Mrs Pargeter novels. All very enjoyable and worth the time. I also love fiction set in this era, the Roaring 20's. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Crazy Cat Lady
1.0 out of 5 stars Mannered
This book was so mannered and implausible that I found continuing with it very difficult. Somewhere in the on-line description it is compared with P G Woodhouse. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Gwilym ap Gwilym
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my best read
I'm perhaps not a 'comedy' reader so didn't really enjoy it. OK for most age groups (not very small children).
Published 16 months ago by M. F. DOCKER
3.0 out of 5 stars A Silly Blotto or maybe Bertie?
Think Bertie Wooster but only much sillier then you have a fair idea of the characters of this book, "Blotto" in particular who goes by the correct title Right Ho. Read more
Published on 6 April 2012 by Jo D'Arcy
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