The blurb: Brenda longs for a quiet life; a life where she’s free to run her B&B and enjoy cups of tea and the occasional night at the bingo with her friend Effie. Unfortunately for Brenda trouble tends to seek her out.
The whole palaver begins with poison pen letters that start flying around the quiet lanes of Whitby. Then there’s Jessie the Zombie Womanzee, an amorous and strangely unaged professor of Icelandic history, and terrifying encounters with bamboo wickerwork gods from the dawn of time. Lord only knows where it will all end – especially if Brenda can’t stop herself from going to pieces…
Brenda and Effie are a charming detective duo solving cases in the seaside resort of Whitby, a place where the healing powers of the sea air can’t quite get rid of the hell mouth in the vicinity!
The only thing that really bothered me about this book is that I hadn’t read the first one! Magrs refers a lot to the revelations and characters that featured in his previous title ‘Never the Bride’ and as a stand-alone novel this affects the beginning of Something Borrowed quite considerably. I did contemplate stopping and reading the first book but I persevered and it was well worth the effort in the end.
It is a unique read; definitely worth picking up if you like the slightly gothic, odd and witty detective humour – very hard to put in one box – book! Brenda (no last name!) and Effie are a Rosemary and Thyme-esque duo who bicker but are fundamentally very fond of each other. It is at times touching, dramatic and full of suspence. Unique is definitely the word for this novel.
7 out of 10 stars! *******
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