Sunday, October 13, 2013
Hello! Welcome to autumn. It is officially fall now in the UK. After getting away with an absolutely gorgeous Sunday and a pretty decent week everything changed on Friday when Jack Frost came nipping at my nose. You will be glad to know the change in weather brought about a change in my reading patterns and I had a better week on the reading front. So no hissy fits from me this week.
I then decided to read something off my TBR. I had completely forgotten that I had downloaded The Case of the Singing Sword by Tee Morris last year. I LOVE the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences that Morris writes with his wife, Philippa Ballantine and decided it was high time I read his solo novel. This book is a must read. It is HILARIOUS!!!! That is funny with a capital 'H'. The Case of the Singing Sword is a good, old fashioned murder mystery set in the late 1920s. The lead character is Billibub Baddings who is a little man filling some pretty big shoes. Billi is a dwarf....not just a little man but an actual dwarf. Billi fell through a portal and ended up in Chicago in the roaring 20s. Forced to pose a human Billi does the one thing guaranteed to make use of his 'otherworldly' talents so he becomes a private investigator. Billi gets offered the case of a life(time). It starts out as a simple case of finding out who dunnit and ends up to be a chase across Chicago for a mystical sword that could see the downfall of mankind. Lucky for all humanity Billi Baddings is just the dwarf for the job.
Morris has developed wonderful characters and paints a picture of Chicago in the 1920's so real that it almost feels like you are there. The dialogue was very authentic, so much in fact that I felt like was just another dame, with a little moxy, reading an incredible book. Some of the lines were so funny that I was 'lol'ing' it up on public transport. I am tempted to quote a few of my favourite lines for you but as I look through my notes there are too many and this post would end up being pages and pages long if I did. I can't believe this book was first published in 2004. If you want a really good murder mystery, great characters, a lush and colourful environment and best of all, several laughs then you need to get downloading The Case of the Singing Sword asap!
That is all from me for this week but I wish you all a great week. Until next week Happy Reading.