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introducing Yaxley Farcet,
This review is from: Cauliflower Drove (Kindle Edition)
I first heard of Cauliflower Drove about ten years ago as I was picking my way around the Ely community website. I wasn't expecting much; some limp, parochial silliness perhaps. I couldn't have been more wrongerer. I had just missed Collie's weekly episodes, so was able to read the thing in its entirety, and it positively flew by.
A rich, witty, exciting and above all entertaining romp through the farming flatlands of East Anglia, Cauliflower Drove delivers in spades. Much of the action is seen through the eyes of DI (Drainage Inspector) Yaxley Farcet, a stranger to the fens, who stumbles across a vast, labyrinthine murder mystery. Lurching across the fields and dykes he encounters a cast of grotesques that would have put Dickens to shame. All have a dodgy background, all have shady motives, and most of them have a faint odour of silage. Overseen by the Greek Chorus of Clunch Parsons and Hummer Thompson - probably the best thing in it, for this reviewer - the plot is a lesson in how to build intrigue, drop red herrings and eventually satisfy your readership.
Laugh, gasp and smile at this classic tale of murderous mud slinging. Recommended.