Bert felt jealous, cheated on, and blue. Then he discovered he could morph into a giant nightmarish slug...
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Life in the Clouds #6: Take a Slug ® James Field.
When asked his opinion of the theory the alleged fugitive had gone north, Chief Inspector Dobbs was in no doubt. He declared that, of course, Olive had started in that direction, with the vain hope of throwing pursuers off the scent. Instead, she had immediately turned south and picked up her Morris Mini at a garage in Sidcup. Though he would not confirm it, Chief Inspector Dobbs hinted he is ready to put his hands on a night cleaner who had hidden Olive’s car at the repair shop.
When asked if he thought Olive was crazy, Chief Inspector Dobbs laughed and said: “Yes, she’s crazy to think she’ll get away with it. Two hundred thousand pounds is a substantial amount of money.”
A distressed Mr Styles resolutely declares his belief that Olive is blameless. “She is a favourite personality in The Stables and bears the best of reputations in the office. However, she is temporarily out of her mind. Severe pains in the head have tormented her for some time past, and I am confident she will come to her senses and return the money pretty damned quick.”
Meantime, the insurance company, which fully covers The Stables employees, has its investigators working with the police on the case.
To be continued…
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The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
There’s a lot to like and a lot to dislike in this story. I like that it’s cosy, funny, and heart-warming. The plot, however, is a tragedy. There are two murders, and every character in the book, of which there are many, has a motif. With so many twists, turns, and red herrings throughout the narrative, it lost me in a virtual maze.
But the author commits the gravest crime: he introduces a new, guilty character right at the end of the story. Tut, tut, naughty.
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