I am delighted today to be taking part in the blog tour for Antiques and Alibis. I first heard about this book earlier this year and it sounded right up my street so when the blog tour was mentioned I jumped at the chance. Many thanks to Kelly and to Wendy for giving me a copy of the book and a space on the tour. So, read on and find out what I thought about the book.
Blurb: Cass Claymore, a red headed, motorbike riding, ex-ballerina inherits a Detective Agency, and accidentally employs an ex-con dwarf and an octogenarian. Hired by a client who should know better, Cass has no leads, no clue and a complete inability to solve a case. Still a girl needs to eat and her highbred client’s offering good money. Join her as, with bungling incompetence, she follows a trail littered with missing antique teddies, hapless crooks, a misplaced Lord of the Realm and dead bodies.
Will Cass, and Scotland, survive?
My Review: As I’ve said I heard about this book earlier this year and then was reminded about the tour when at Bloody Scotland in September. I bumped into Wendy who said if I liked the Stephanie Plum novels then I would like this and she was spot on. I don’t read many Stephanie Plum novels now but am a huge fan of the early ones and this book definitely will be one that fans of that series will enjoy.
Cass Claymore is not your typical private investigator but that’s part of the appeal of the story. She’s inherited her private investigator business but has very little idea of how to actually investigate anything. She’s disorganised and gets her investigating tips from Sherlock Holmes and a variety of other, non-professional, sources. Add to this her unexpected and accidental hiring of two highly unsuitable employees and her dog which causes chaos wherever it goes and you have the recipe for an enjoyable madcap adventure in Dundee and the surrounding areas as Cass investigates a missing person and a missing teddy bear.
Cass is a brilliant character, quirky and different but trying to make ends meet by running her business even though she doesn’t know how to run it. While suddenly inheriting a private investigator business is not something likely to happen to any of us, the way Cass investigates is probably how most people would investigate. It’s hard to describe this novel without just saying, read it and find out for yourself. It’s a complete rollercoaster from start to finish. Cass is clearly out of her depth but despite that and her mistakes I found myself wanting her to succeed, mainly so I can read more books with her in them.
Aside from Cass my favourite character has to be Quill. I suspect he might irritate me if he was real but as a fictional character he’s brilliant. I love his dress sense and the way he listens but doesn’t listen to instructions. He’s trying to improve his life and is quite endearing at times, a comment which he might be embarrased by, but it’s true.
If you love Stephanie Plum or want a crime fiction read that is completely different then you should definitely give this book a try. It’s chaotic, funny and a bit bonkers and sometimes that’s exactly what you need in life.
About the author: Award Winning Author Wendy H. Jones lives in Scotland, and her police procedural series featuring Detective Inspector Shona McKenzie, is set in the beautiful city of Dundee, Scotland. Wendy has led a varied and adventurous life. Her love for adventure led to her joining the Royal Navy to undertake nurse training. After six years in the Navy she joined the Army where she served as an Officer for a further 17 years. This took her all over the world including Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Much of her spare time is now spent travelling around the UK, and lands much further afield. As well as nursing Wendy also worked for many years in Academia. This led to publication in academic textbooks and journals. Killer’s Countdown is her first novel and the first book in the Shona McKenzie Mystery series. Killer’s Crew won the Books Go Social Book of the Year 2107. There are now six books in this series with Killer’s Crypt being released in August, 2017. The Dagger’s Curse is the first book in The Fergus and Flora Mysteries for Young Adults. This book is currently shortlisted for the Woman Alive Magazine Readers Choice Award Book of the Year. She is also a highly successful marketer and she shares her methods in the book, Power Packed Book Marketing.