The third and possibly the last (?) book in the Inspector Hobbes trilogy, this one sees Hobbes and Andy camping in the Blacker Mountains and encountering nasty upper-class gits, incompetent police officers, pretty and pleasant young women, and an ageing vampire. We learn more about Hobbes's origins and what he is, and more about Andy's dire relationship with his dreadful natural parents. Parenting is a theme here as Hobbes' own daughter turns up on his doorstep! Featherlight Binks plays a bigger role; Andy gets a girlfriend; Andy unwittingly almost ruins a well-organised plan to foil the villains, even though he's only trying to help. Andy's true colours are finally recognised by more of his peers, however, and he ends up not quite the sad klutz he was at the start of the series, while Hobbes's benevolent influence extends over several other characters, improving several lives in his own inimitable way.
I liked Andy as a character, but I really loved Hobbes and I hope Wilkie Martin decides to write more of his adventures, maybe focused on other sidekicks as by the end of this novel Andy's life has improved for the better, though I'm sure he can still be very involved in Hobbes's investigations. These books are charming, delightful, funny reads, inventive and warm-hearted, packed full of entertaining minor characters and set in a suitably silly but strangely authentic-seeming Cotswold environment, a little bit Carry On Cotswolds but with moments of real tension and conflict, and some genuine character development.
The third outing for Hobbes and co. Andy is as useless as ever, but excels himself at times. Hobbes is Hobbes (and we find out a bit more about him), Mrs Goodchilds cooking exceeds imagination, some new and some regular characters enliven the scene. Not sure how the mountains, which bear a distinct resemblance to Wales, get so close to the Cotswolds but no matter, a town with a vampire bank manager can always bear a few anomolies. Great read.
I enjoy fantasy that blends comfortably with reality. Inspector Hobbes being a very human un-human, fits the bill, and is light hearted to boot. I have enjoyed the first two novels and this one was a good follow on, as well as revealing a bit more about Andy, who is acquiring a more competent humanity and becoming more likeable, as well as a lot more about Her babes' origins.
Modern fairy tale - quaint silly fun; a lighthearted and enjoyable read. Book 3 explains what DI Hobbes actually is - it would have been nice to have been offered a more detailed explanation of this character heritage, after all readers have waited 3 books for this information.
Hobbs and Andy,s escapades just keep getting better and better. When your looking forwArd to the next in series and willing to pay for it, you know your onto a winner. Slightly silly very amusing and a delight.
I have just finished this third book in the inspector hobbes series and unlike some series these seem to get better. A fast moving action packed mystery with the usual quirky characters and more introduced to add to the enjoyment. Nice twists and turns and further insight into the nature of those whose dark side make the tales distinctive from many other oddball detective stories. Loved it from start to finish.