Even super-sleuthing pensioners deserve a holiday and so, hoping to get some much-needed rest and relaxation, Brenda and Effie head for the continent. Of course, it comes as no surprise to learn that eerie goings-on and odd characters trail them wherever they go.
Settling down with Brenda and Effie in this the sixth instalment of their capers is like spending time with good old friends. This time there are more wild adventures with old adversaries and with surprising new (literary) ones too. And we get to learn about the ladies' shared destiny.
Magrs's usual mix of off-the-wall storylines and eccentric but sympathetically-drawn characters is here and once again he had me chuckling at quite a few places (the People's Fiend, indeed!) The tone is slightly darker in this installment though and as dire warnings start to flood in for Brenda and Effie, you can't help but worry for their safety. Have they finally bitten off more than they can chew?
There's so much to enjoy here and great writing throughout. Magrs is such an interesting writer - in terms of plot, character but also in his choice of the words he uses. While I raced through the book eager to find out what happened next, I also had to stop occasionally and reread certain passages where his words created perfect images in my mind. I loved the ghoulish purple and green cover design by Bret Herholz too. Finally a chance to see Brenda in all her patched-up splendour!
If you haven't met Brenda and Effie yet, then it's time you put that right. Where have you been?