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A Pocket Full Of Haddock

"Loaded with wry banter, the conversations are a complete hoot, and I really didn’t want them to end!"

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This Agatha Christie spoof had me chortling out loud…..! A really humorous, light-hearted read which is oh so wonderfully indulgent! If you’re looking for a witty book, full of sarcasm and satire then look no further than “A Pocket Full of Haddock!” Set in a country pub in the English village of St Mary Mediocre, in the 1930’s, the murders of four individuals are initially investigated by the local constable. Given there are multiple deaths, a Detective Inspector from Scotland Yard, along with his diligent sergeant are also assigned to the case. The cross-examination of witnesses conducted by the sergeant and the constable becomes a key focus of the investigation. Although styled with a similar format to that of an Agatha Christie detective novel, it is in fact a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek, riotous whodunnit. Sergeant Dogsbreath and Constable Big-Girl’s-Blouse lead the questioning of the local village suspects. The Vicar, Old Tom, Farmer Tiles and Seldom Regular, to name a few, come under their interrogation. Both the constable and the locals helpfully inform Sergeant Dogsbreath that the many village crimes committed in St Mary Mediocre are normally investigated and solved by Miss Marble, the elderly local sleuth. However, Miss Marble is currently in hospital having been knocked off her bike by a Belgian tourist and is therefore unable to investigate this particular case. Sergeant Dogsbreath and Constable Big-Girl’s-Blouse are subsequently joined by Detective Inspector Aloysius Corner of Scotland Yard who is known simply as “Corner of the Yard.” Corner of the Yard takes great delight in constantly reminding Sergeant Dogsbreath of his own superior rank in order to mask his inadequacies and sheer laziness. Yet it is Sergeant Dogsbreath who skilfully retains the upper hand in their working relationship with his satirical responses. Can they work together to solve this crime, and if so, will Corner of The Yard once again take the credit for Dogsbreath’s hard work? The humour in this book, largely stems from the delightfully perceptive dialogues created by the author. Loaded with wry banter, the conversations are a complete hoot, and I really didn’t want them to end! If the purpose of this book is to entertain, then it certainly fulfils this role.

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Set in the 1930s, this is the story of a hapless detective who has to return to the village where he grew up in order to help solve a murder case. He is hampered in his efforts by both his superior officer and his assistant.

Set in the 1930s, this is the story of a hapless detective who has to return to the village where he grew up in order to help solve a murder case. He is hampered in his efforts by both his superior officer and his assistant.... Read Full Review

Pauline Braisher

The writer is already working on the next instalment of the family history, in which we'll be introduced to Fearless Dogbreathus, a native Briton in the pay of the Roman Empire in the wilds of the countryside north of Hadrian's wall. I can't wait to see what he does with that!

A Pocket Full of Haddock is Keven Shevels' latest work in the chronicles of the Dogsbreath family. As you may undoubtedly guess from the title, the author's chosen genre for this episode is the murder mystery, in the style of Agatha Christie...but not a lot! It is 1932 and Detective Sergeant Impetigo Dogsbreath of the Met is dispatched up north to St Mary Mediocre just outside Slagbottom, his home town, to investigate the suspicious deaths of four men in the village pub. He is to be 'assisted' by the local plod, PC Anton Big-Girl's-Blouse, who is as daft as his name suggests and overseen by Detective Inspector Aloysius Corner (of the Yard), the most famous police detective of the age.... Read Full Review

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