Clive Mullis (1958 – and still going) spent his formative years in Hemel Hempstead and moved to Bedfordshire shortly after getting married. After thirty years as a paramedic he developed an emergency worker’s type sense of humour; a little bit black and a little bit off the wall. The consequence of this is that he enjoys writing quirky stories. And gorgeously quirky they are indeed! He is presently writing a second novel about Gornstock and its inhabitants, and I for one can’t wait to get my hands on it. In the meantime, below is more about the first – Banker’s Draft, and my review.
Private Investigators Jocelyn Cornwallis and Frankie are enjoying a quiet pint down their local when life suddenly becomes interesting; they meet Rose – and then they get a case.
A murder has been committed, and Cornwallis is brought in to solve the crime; but at the same time the secret police have got an eye on proceedings, so maybe things aren’t quite as they seem.
Full of quirky and whacky individuals, Banker’s Draft grabs hold of reality then turns it upside down before spitting it out sideways. A tongue-in-cheek look at life; but maybe not as we know it.
In an alternate universe out there, on a planet named Twearth, some brilliant sleuths solve a convoluted crime. Several crimes actually, involving dodgy, thieving and murderous bankers, politicians, and a vengeful dominatrix.
A couple of my favourite authors are Terry Pratchett and Tom Sharpe, and I’m a harsh critic when it comes to humorous tales – very few authors can get it as right as those two can. But as I read this book, I gleefully realised that I had found a new favourite author who easily slots in beside them as far as being able to write the funny, clever books that I love.
Jocelyn (Jack) Cornwallis III, together with his friend and sidekick Frankie, and gorgeous Rose (with ninja like abilities to defend herself), take on the case of the murdered cleaner in the accountants office, opening up a can of worms that leads them on some crazy dangerous trips to get to the bottom of the crime.
I loved the characters, especially the animals. On Twearth animals sometimes speak, and have jobs too. Polar Bear dock workers, and Fluffy the cat. I think I have a crush on that cool cat hero. The law enforcers and the psychic. I laughed all the way as our heroes worked their way through all sorts of hilariously dangerous situations, and grinned too at the ghoulish endings some of the bad guys met. I loved the love story within, and all of that naughty, the science of the Collider, and the risqué humour. It takes a genius comedic writer to get that right – the naughty bits, without being at all offensive.
All in all I loved everything about this perfectly crafted story – it was a crazy, funny, wild romp of a tale, and I highly recommend it to anyone with a funny bone.
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