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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Novel Twist to the Detective Genre, 22 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: TUPPENNY HAT DETECTIVE (Tuppenny Hat series Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
At first I thought this was going to be a children's book, but I carried on regardless and am so glad that I did. This was such a novel twist on the detective fiction genre because who would take a child's suggestion of murder seriously? That was the problem Billy kept coming up against throughout the book, no-one would listen and no-one would give him information because it was taken for granted that an 11 year old couldn't know more than his elders.
There is something about Billy which helps him to strike up a rapport with both the junior partner in the local GP practice and the vicar, both of whom he persuades to help him to obtain and understand some of the evidence he needs. Being more clear sighted than most grown ups give him credit for, Billy begins to slowly draw the strands together in a manner which many adult detectives would be proud of. You may think you have picked out the killer at any stage throughout the story, I know I did, but I didn't see the twist in the tail.
This is a brilliantly written, entertaining and totally unpredictable story which is well worth the time invested in reading it. For those who cannot cope with the Yorkshire dialect, although much of the meaning can be gleaned from the context - for example when Billy's grandmother tells him to get some more coal to build the fire up because "I'm fair clemmed" it is obvious that she is very cold - there is a glossary of the dialect words at the end of the book. Just click Go To on the menu and choose the End, then go back 7 pages and you will find it.
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Initial post: 16 Nov 2014 21:37:15 GMT
Dave Dutton says:
I'm fair clemmed actually means "I'm really hungry". In Lancs we pronounce it "Clemt"
See my book "Lanky Spoken Here"

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2014 21:58:44 GMT
Aurora says:
Sorry but in Yorkshire it means cold. I accept it means something different in different places. I can well remember my embarrassment when someone I was staying with in Cumberland back in the 70s asked me if I was starved, well how was I to know that she was asking if I was cold?
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