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An Explosive Time (Celtic Cousins' Adventures Book 3)

An Explosive Time (Celtic Cousins' Adventures Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Julia Hughes , Mervyn Walker , Laura Wright LaRoche
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When a circus elephant goes missing on Detective Inspector Crombie's watch, he immediately thinks of Celtic Cousins Wren and Rhyllann, who have to his mind made a career out of being the collective bane of his existence. And his instincts are correct: the cousins HAVE been up to something--but when Crombie finds out what it is and why, he runs into resistance not only from his immediate superiors, but also from the corridors of power in Whitehall itself. 
Described by one reviewer as a "Masterful British Thriller" this is the third and shortest of the Celtic Cousins Adventures, and contains adult humour and some strong language. Especially when an unsuspecting Rhyllann discovers what's lurking in his bathroom! 
An Explosive Time starts with a fatal explosion; the action comes thick and fast, and Crombie will need all his wits about him to prevent his world - and London town - going supernova.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 303 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1491017759
  • Publisher: Talon; 7 edition (23 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007COSZX6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #192,377 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Julia Hughes is the London born author of The Celtic Cousins' Adventures: "A Raucous Time", "A Ripple in Time" and "An Explosive Time" are all available on Amazon. Her two Griffin Riders' Chronicles are also available on Amazon: "The Griffin Cryer" and "The Griffin's Boy".

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable. 19 Sep 2012
By AnneDon
Format:Kindle Edition
I have not read anything else by this author. I downloaded the book because it was free on Amazon. What a terrific book!

A series of animal thefts escalates in a suburb in North London. Finally, an elephant disappears, and DI Crombie sets out to investigate himself. The trail leads him to some unexpected places, and some unexpected allies.

The dialogue is well-written, the plot is exciting, and the characters are very believeable. An interesting, humourous book, and thoroughly enjoyable.

Although this is, apparently, the third in a series, it was not necessary to have read the earlier books - situations are referred to, but are not central to the plot of this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid descriptions and fast paced dialogue! 6 July 2012
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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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book you just must read. 15 July 2012
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An Explosive Time starts with a bang literally and just keeps you glued to the pages of this fabulous read right up until the end. How does Crombie cope with those in-laws of his? Keep a wet behind the ears police woman on the right track? Track down missing elephants? Whilst exposing London's biggest villain. Stuffed full of adult humour, An Explosive Time is a wickedly good read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The book opens with a major explosion, and a dead body inside. This sets the scene for a chilling police procedural or similar.

Then an elephant is nicked.

Poor copper Crombie doesn't know whats hit him as the most unique case of his career comes to pass, while his family exacerbate his stress levels with crocodile pranks.

With a colourful police cast of not only exasperated DI Crombie but the inimitable Miss Mooney, this is a lightheared romp with witty dialogue, and Hughes' trademark London landmarks (including a flying visit to the crumbling edifice that is Hammersmith flyover, quite possibly the ugliest part of one of the priciest London boroughs), An Explosive Time is fast paced and delectable at a mere 40,000 words.

I would advise readers to start at beginning with this series. This is book 3, and the character arcs make more sense if you have read the others first. The two cousins who give poor Crombie grey hairs have been on two advenutres previously, A Raucous Time (The Celtic Cousins' Adventures) first and then A Ripple in Time - Angel of the Titanic (Celtic Cousins' adventures).

If you liked the previous Hughes stories, you'll love the latest installment. A truly explosive narrative packed with witty banter, and some of the most unusual facts to ever inhabit a police file.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down 15 May 2012
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I think I've said this before somewhere on Amazon, but for me, the sign of a really good book is when you're enjoying it so much that you don't want to put it down, yet at the same time you don't want to finish because you want to 'make it last.'

Well, this book 'An Explosive Time' had this effect on me. I really enjoyed it and was gripped from the first sentence and I loved the fact that there was a lot of humour chucked in for good measure.

This was the first novel that I have read by this author - but it definitely won't be the last!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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What does a `thumping great beast' of an alligator named `Alfie', the `Prince of Geeks' known as Wren and a resolute yet winsome detective named Crombie have in common? They are the charming, fearless central players cast in a rip-roaring, skillfully woven novel, AN EXPLOSIVE TIME by Julia Hughes.
The problems begin because the circus came to town. An elephant is missing and DI Crombie from the MET Police begins to investigate. He is an irascible yet captivating character, reminding me of the old TV show detective, Columbo. Crombie, though often appearing to be distracted, doggedly follows each crumb of evidence. I found myself laughing out loud as Crombie dealt with London traffic, cantankerous characters and even his cranky yet beloved Passat. The fun, and the danger, escalates when the evidence ends up leading him to Wren, the youngest of the Celtic Cousins. Though Wren has an endearing quality to his character, his unconventional ways to solve problems leaves quirky mayhem in its wake. The dialogue, especially between these Crombie and Wren, is rich and zesty.
There is a well-integrated flow to the story. I found myself captivated by the detailed descriptions of people, places and countryside. It felt as if I were present in the story instead of being merely an observer, a reader. The problem of corruption in both high and low places is one of the themes. To portray yet keep less prominent the gritty scenes, i.e., descriptions of the underbelly of society where torture is commonplace and government corruption exists, is a challenge that Julia Hughes cleverly met. There are some tough, heartless characters involved in torture, animal cruelty and corruption.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but could do better
I bought this book because of it's high reader rating and whilst I found it enjoyable enough, I felt that the characters and plot were just a little too underdeveloped to award... Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2012 by Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars More please!
Vibrant and unusual plot themes abound in what can only be described as the wackiest police story ever told. Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2012 by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem
Invention, artistry,entertainment and a great, fast moving plot. More, please! Julia Hughes's writing just gets better and better and better.
Published on 7 Aug 2012 by Ian Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars An explosive read
I recently read another book by this author - A Ripple in Time and absolutely loved it so I was keen to see if this book was as good. Read more
Published on 13 July 2012 by C. Plunkett
5.0 out of 5 stars Explosive from start to finish
This is the third instalment of the author's 'Celtic Cousins' series, however it is also written in such a way that it can be enjoyed as a stand alone story which is the sign of a... Read more
Published on 8 July 2012 by DodgyPoet
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Rip Roaring take from Julia Hughes
Incredibly funny and insightful I cannot recommend this work strongly enough. As with her previous novels this book is well written with great attention to detail. Read more
Published on 28 May 2012 by D. C. Moffitt
5.0 out of 5 stars An Explosive Read!
The third in the 'Celtic Cousins Adventure' series and once again, Julia Hughes has delivered the goods. Read more
Published on 7 April 2012 by Rusty the Hamster
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