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Book Review: Blotto, Twinks and the Dead Dowager Duchess

By Sandy Amazeen Jan 17, 2012, 7:55 GMT

Book Review: Blotto, Twinks and the Dead Dowager Duchess

Hurrah for the return of that intrepid duo: Blotto (handsome, honorable, not the sharpest knife in the drawer), and his sister Twinks (just a bit brainier than a girl should be)! As this is the 1920s, they are of course attending a weekend house party, where - how astonishing! - a murder is announced. One of the guests has the gall to accuse Corky, the siblings\' family chauffeur, so Blotto ...more

The incredibly handsome but not-too-bright Devereux Lyminster who goes by the name of Blotto and his bright, beautiful sister Lady Honoria Lyminster, better known as Twinks have been conscripted by their mother the Dowager Duchess of Tawcester to attend a weekend houseparty. Blotto in particular just knew the weekend was doomed as not only would he be subjected to matchmaking plans but doubtless, there would be a murder at some point and unfortunately, he was correct on both counts. Before he could be caught in a compromising position with the hostessís daughter, the venerable Dowager was discovered murdered. As Blotto and Twinks investigate the body, they could not help but notice the handprint in red paint on the Dowagerís back. After the local constabulary finger Corky, the Lyminsterís chauffer as the murderer, Blotto and Twinks must get busy solving the case but there is much more at stake then a simple murder or two. To prevent the destruction of Britainís ruling class, Blotto and Twinks will need a good friend or two as they face the Crimson Hand.

If you are searching for a bright, funny murder mystery packed with plenty of hip, hip and cheerio then look no further. Set in British countryside during the 1920ís, this delivers a fast, sparkling adventure through the upper crust, a sleazy opium den and an ancient castle while including betrayals, unexpected help, narrow escapes and new uses for cricket bats.

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