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The Severed Hands of Oliver Olivovich is a satirical take on a crime fiction story with the addition of fantasy creatures and parallel worlds. The author has done very well to pack all of these different elements in and I can’t fault his world building.
I found the mystery aspect of this book and the hunt for Oliver Olivovich’s killer twisty and interesting. I liked how the author takes the reader down a number of seemingly unconnected paths. I didn’t know how all of the different leads were connected as I read and I think that the author did well to pull everything together at the end.
This book is irreverent, a bit sweary, and although some of the jokes didn’t quite hit well and got a bit repetitive by the end for me personally (I didn’t like the “Frenchie” jokes and comments at all if I’m honest), it’s a generally amusing book. I did like the imaginary dog and found Nigel the seagull funny.I think the tone of the humour is akin to something like Family Guy, as a comparison. If that is the style of humour you like, then this might be a good book recommendation for you.
In all, I think that The Severed Hands of Oliver Olivovich is a decent attempt at combining the fantasy and mystery genres together while adding in a satirical twist and adult humour. It wasn’t really my type of humour but for those who like “on the nose” comedy, this could be a good recommendation.
Who murdered Oliver Olivovich? And why did they hack off his hands and stuff them in his anorak pockets? Sir Septimus Farquhar-Urquhart, equerry to His Bucolic Majesty, King Herman the Sixteenth, is in the village of Backwater, to answer these, and other, questions. Questions such as: Why are there alligators in the village pond? And, where have all the ducks gone? Sir Septimus and his trusty dwarf soon find that the investigation has more twists than a human bowel. Can they solve the mystery and avert a catastrophic geopolitical incident? Or will they be thwarted by Sir Septimus's arch-nemesis Johnny Toobad, an all-round bad-egg? When Sir Septimus pops into the corner shop to buy some crumpets, and the shop-keeper offers him a gift-wrapped alligator-skin dildo, he believes he's found his first significant clue. But has he?
|Publication date:||3rd May 2020|
|Primary Genre||Indie Author Books|