I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy of MarkTilbury's new book, A Womb With A View and I was intrigued when I heard that he was veering away from his signature twisted genre and venturing into comic crime fiction.
Private investigator Bob Blundell has been called to Featherstone Manor by Claudia, the lady of the manor, as she suspects that her husband, Eugene, is having an affair. Despite her best efforts to give Bob a cover story for being at the manor, her teenage nephew, Reuben, has his suspicions about the new arrival and as a wannabe spy he begins his own covert mission,
With an eclectic cast of characters, this is a tale of a dysfunctional family riddled with secrets and lies that had me chuckling away to myself on numerous occasions. Reuben's antics and view of the world from a teenage perspective were what made this book for me. He's walking the line of adolescence, on the one hand totally unaware of the repercussions his actions are having and on the other having a typical teenage outlook on any adult reasoning.
I'm always nervous for an author when they take off into a new genre but I'm pleased to say that my fears were left unfounded as Mark Tilbury has pulled this new style off with aplomb. The writing is of the usual high quality calibre, the plot and cleverly intertwined subplots rattle along nicely and the humour is absolutely spot on - but I will always give a lobster a questioning look from now on!
A Womb With A View is another truimphant read from this author and one that I would very highly recommend!
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With kind thanks as always to author Mark Tilbury for my review copy.