Inspector Hobbes & Fun Reads (The Unhuman Bundle)

Inspector Hobbes & Fun Reads (The Unhuman Bundle)

In which I talk about the reasons I don’t read much contemporary literary fiction, and why funny, goofy stories appeal to me so much. (Hint: it has a lot to do with why I try to write books that could be classed as fun reads – because the world can be quite an unpleasant sort of place at times.)

Having discussed why I’m not really reviewing literary fiction, I spend the rest of the video explaining my love of hapless heroes – those wonderful characters that never quite live up to their potential. I mean, they try, but – oh dear. Not everyone is cut out to be a hero, and those are absolutely my favourite kinds of hero.

And all this rambling is to do with the Unhuman bundle by Wilkie Martin. I’ve read the first book, Inspector Hobbes & the Blood, and so far so good. The only reason I haven’t read the rest, I think, is that I was distracted by paper books and forgot to go back to my Kindle. This happens a lot. But, Inspector Hobbes & the Blood has a reassuringly hapless hero, a housekeeper who collects teeth, a grimy pub where the beer can kill you, and the mysterious (certainly to our hero, anyway) Inspector Hobbes. It’s a fun murder mystery, with some satisfyingly supernatural elements threaded through the more everyday life of the Cotswolds. I won’t say it’s the best example of mystery/supernatural that I’ve read, but I’m certainly going to go back and read the rest of the bundle now that I’ve rediscovered my Kindle TBR (there’s so much in there. So, so much. I must stop buying books. Must. *twitches*).



PS I say something really quickly at the end, and I don’t know what it was. I’m sorry. I’m not getting any better at this talking thing.

Now, how about you, lovely people? Do you like non-heroic heroes, or supernatural/mystery cross-overs? Let me know some of your favourites below! (And I’m also open to any literary fiction that doesn’t make me despair of the human race…)


7 Replies to “Inspector Hobbes & Fun Reads (The Unhuman Bundle)”

  1. I tend to agree with you re ‘literary’ fiction … it tends to be self-consciously up itself, as well as being depressing. I did greatly enjoy ‘The Remains of the Day’, but it’s not really a feelgood read. I only like mysteries if they are played for laughs, and in that line I am a big fan of Colin Watson’s Flaxborough books. They have a quiet, understated, ironic sense of humour, and the lead character, DI Purbright, is very much a non-hero; he’s just an ordinary (if intelligent and rather sarcastic) copper. And, oh, look, several are on offer at 99p on Amazon …

    1. Guess what I’m reading this weekend… And I have read done wonderfully well-written literary fiction, but so often I put the book down and decide that the human race is just awful, which is not how I prefer to view the world. Mysteries I often enjoy if they’re well-done and not just played for shocks and gore, which seems common as well. Fussy lot, aren’t we? 😉

    2. And, actually, while I’m amazoning – where do you recommend I start with Wodehouse? I keep looking, then being overwhelmed with choice!

          1. I have started with “Right Ho, Jeeves”. Or will do once I finish “Coffin, Slightly Used”. 😊

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