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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (5 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755346432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755346431
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Format: Hardcover
After Never the Bride and Something Borrowed, it looks like Magrs has finally found the real plot with Conjugal Rites. Not to say the previous two books were not five star stroies in their own right, but with the latest publication, he sinks right into the story, opening up with the return of the slick and smarmy Mr Danby and his strangely subversive radio phone in talk show. Also from the outset Mrs Claus is back in there and up to no good of course along with foolishly doomed lackey Harry the Cat. It's not until the anticipated return of Frank (eagerly by readers; with horrific trepidation by Brenda), to claim his eponymous rites that the plot thickens and quite literally descends into hell. Can hell be any worse than Whitby? Go ask one of Effie's dead aunts. Which one? Well by the end of the book you may know.

A hell of good yarn and one that promises much more for a whole string of sequels/new adventures. Who the hell is Mrs Claus anyway and will we see the return of Mumu Manchu?

GggglllllooooOOOOOooooopppp-ingly good fun!
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Finally the third installment in the Brenda and Effie series is available and of course it is worth the wait. We get to learn more about the origins of Brenda and how she came to be were she is now and Effie's past unfolds a little too.

As ever the inhabitants of Whitby and the town itself throw up obstacles, create diversions and confusions; can there be a more colourful town?

If you haven't read the first two books in the series you would be well advised to order them now and get yourself up to speed. Paul Magrs is a wonderful writer and I cannot recommend him highly enough. The book is great, the only problem being that it is read all too soon and we are left waiting for the next installment - hopefully not too long!
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This was fantastic, Effie and Brenda just get better and better.
I think this . Was my favourite of the three , Mr Danvers, Sheila Manchu Mrs Claus even even Alucard all m and an appearance
Hugely enjoyable And funny too x
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This series started brilliantly but has lost something. If you read it as a one off you would probably say it is very good but I just feel that the series has lost something. The first two books in this series were brilliant.
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This is the third outing for the dynamic duo of old biddies, Brenda and Effie, where they battle the supernatural in Whitby, and then go for a nice cup of tea and a slice of walnut cake in the local cafe. This time around the supernatural menace is something much closer to home and a lot more personal for Brenda. Book 2 ended on a bit of a cliffhanger when Brenda received a note from her betrothed, the person for who she was originally created in the literal sense. Her Frank is coming back and he wants them to be together forever and won't take no for an answer. But Brenda is a modern woman and after many years of moving from place to place she has finally found a place she can call home. She doesn't want to move on but she doesn't think he is just going to go away because she asks him nicely.

As if that wasn't enough to worry about the town seems to be turning against Brenda and other locals because of a new late night radio show run by the creepy Mr Danby. Gossip and rumours are abound and the ever glitzy and sparkly Christmas Hotel and its humongous evil owner, Mrs Claus, seems to be the nexus of all the goings on. A convention of retired and wrinkly superheroes in costume with rubbish powers adds even more fuel to the fire and by this point I was just waiting for someone to strike a match. The result was very colourful as anticipated, but the story went in a very different direction to the one I expected which was a good thing, as I don't like it when I can predict what will happen next.

This novel was different to the previous two books in a number of ways. Firstly the novel is more traditional in that it is set around one story, whereas the previous books were split into different sections or connected novellas and each had its own mystery.
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Everyone is listening to the new all-night radio phone-in show `The Night Owls', hosted by our old friend Mr Danby, but why are people telling their darkest secrets, and those of their friends? It seems there is a movement afoot to drive Brenda from her adopted home of Whitby, but this is not the only problem she has to face: someone from her past is on her trail, someone she was, quite literally, made for. Her efforts to escape, and keep herself and her friends safe, will take her on a journey to hell and back.

This is the third novel in the Brenda and Effie series, following Never the Bride and Something Borrowed. It is the first to be written in the third person, which allows Magrs to show scenes at which Brenda herself was not present. It also allows her to be absent for part of the story. Her friends Effie and Robert take a more central role in this novel, and Effie begins to see beneath Robert's surface and see him as Brenda does, as a good man and a true friend. Magrs's vision of hell is clever and unexpected, and there are plenty of twists in the narrative to keep the reader guessing, as old friends - and enemies - return to help or hinder the intrepid investigators. This novel differs from its predecessors not only in being told in the third person, but also in having very short chapters, something I found rather distracting. As soon as one scene begins it's practically over, though it does keep the reader turning the pages to find out what happens next. Overall, an entertaining novel.
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