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- Publisher: Talon; 7 edition (23 Nov. 2013)
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- Language: English
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- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
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An Explosive Time: A Detective Crombie mystery thriller (Celtic Cousins' Adventures Book 3) Kindle Edition
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The supporting cast of police officers and villains, including those in very high places, are really engaging and the author has made them real and convincing even though some of the plot elements stretch credulity: yes the elephant and the alligator on the book cover really are in the story.
The plot is fast paced and once it got going I found this was a book I couldn't put down. In the end I gave in and just sat down and had a good read. The plot hurtles from one side of London to another and the descriptions of some of the places visited are vivid and real.
Everything comes together so well in this book: great plotting, lively and entertaining characters and a quirky, slightly sardonic, light-hearted writing style makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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 pursues a gentler but no less satisfying path.
This is very well written, extremely entertaining and a jolly good read! Highly recommended!
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.
D.I. Crombie, a very human Detective Inspector, as authentic as a pair of policemen's boots, is determined to do the right thing albeit in an unorthodox manner. His mission isn't made any easier by the actions of the Celtic Cousins; an elephant recently liberated from the circus; to say nothing of a bathroom monopolised by a crocodile. This reptile is depicted with such appealing and attractive menace by Julia Hughes that, for me, going to the bathroom will never be the same again!
The cast is an impressive gallery of strong and vividly contrasting characters that includes extremely heavy London villains, diamond geezers, various chancers and of course cops: some ineffectual, others irreverent and one definitely bent. The other central character whose presence is ubiquitous throughout the novel is London: not the London of tourist attractions but the city of caffs, corner pubs and undistinguished back streets linked by urban clearways and motorways enclosing sanctuaries of green open spaces that remind us that not too long ago this great, sprawling capital was once a series of discrete and picturesque villages separated by open fields. Julia Hughes' wonderful evocation of this urban hinterland is so accurate it made me, a Londoner living in the North, feel homesick for a pint in 'The British Volunteer' and a plate of pie and mash.
There's plenty of action mixed in with the wacky comedy as well as a touching sub-plot of a love story. The author's genuinely original and descriptive writing style makes good use of metaphor: after an explosion 'Oversized scarlet petals hurtled skywards'; houses appear 'to march in one long terrace'; and when D.I. Crombie launches himself at the hard men it is with 'rage burning through every molecule of blood in his veins'.
I hugely enjoyed 'An Explosive Time' which is the third in the 'Celtic Cousins' series. I recommend it and shall certainly be reading the other titles.
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