An Explosive Time (The Celtic Cousins' Adventures)
We are plunged into excitement and mystery from the very onset as we read of an amazing night time explosion with a body burned almost beyond recognition.
This is the third adventure story of Wren and Rhyllann, the "Celtic Cousins", by Julia Hughes. DI Crombie, the long suffering policeman, is determined to get to the bottom of the bizarre events which unfold, involving a missing eight ton African elephant, a stolen alligator and a host of unpleasant villains. I particularly liked the fact that Crombie, as the father of four daughters, was very difficult to fool, even when sinister criminals tried!
Vivid descriptions and fast paced dialogue introduce a host of characters; Charlie Bozen (Sorry Charlie!) who goes commando under his grease stained jeans, WPC Holland, often close to tears and out of her depth in the force, long legged circus girls wearing feathers and not much else and an enormous alligator with a taste for fish and chips, to name but a few.
As the breathless adventure rattles towards a violent climax, the sub plot of an unexpected love story pusues a gentler but no less satisfying path.
This is very well written, extremely entertaining and a jolly good read! Highly recommended!