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He’s dangling from the rooftop of a Birmingham department store.
He’s wedged inside a baby’s pram, floating down a canal.
He’s being chased half-naked down Dudley High Street.
It can only mean one thing.
BISSKIT IS BACK.
It’s 1969 and Dudley’s premier private investigators, Bisskit and Blackshaw, are at the top of their game.
After they foil a gang of shoplifters and save Christmas for the children of Birmingham, their fame spreads far and wide. Lady Ophelia Babbington-Perch hires them to safeguard her Crufts dog show favourite, Bertie.
It all seems straightforward enough, but is there more to it?
What if it all went wrong?
Could this be the end of the road for Dennis Bisskit and Stinky Blackshaw?
Mayhem, Chaos – and So Funny!
I have relished having this in my tbr list, anticipating many giggles and the feel good factor which comes with every Dennis Bisskit novel – and I was not disappointed!
In this third novel, Dennis and Stinky are still going strong with their detective agency; their record in solving cases is beginning to get them noticed in some very high places! As they work out one case, it attracts attention from the aristocracy and they land the plum job of protecting one of their number – a pedigree dog. How much trouble can Bisskit and Blackshaw get into this time? Trust me, you’d never guess . . .
For those who have followed my reviews of this series, you’ll be happy to know I forced myself to lay the book aside after ten minutes reading in bed. Truth is, I couldn’t stop myself laughing out loud and didn’t want to rouse my husband from his slumbers yet again. Even so, he knew exactly what I’d been reading! This is every bit as funny as the preceding two books; Dennis may have grown up in theory, but mayhem and chaos are still his middle names – and if you’ve ever wondered where Stinky got his nickname, then this is where we find out! It’s very hard to describe these tales to anyone who hasn’t read them, but think a cross between the old Jerry Lewis films and Just William. There are some words which will always remind me of this novel .. Crufts will never be the same again! And then there’s the visuals .. I suspect I may be laughing in my sleep tonight! Absolutely a five star read, and I really hope that author Stephen Ainley has more capers of Dennis Bisskit up his sleeve.
My thanks to the author for my copy of this novel; of course this is my honest, original and unbiased review.
"Another hilarious tale from Stephen Ainley with a lot of laugh-out-loud moments. Aside from the madcap disasters that befall the inimitable Dennis Bisskit, there is plenty more to smile about, not least the exchanges between him and Stinky Blackshaw.
In part one of the book, the hapless detectives are approached by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham no less, to solve a case of theft in Lewis’s dept store; this involves working undercover in Santa’s Grotto. Needless to say, it is Dennis who assumes the role of Santa with Stinky, dressed as an elf, his little helper.
We then move onto their next case and the pair are in their element when hired by a member of the aristocracy to protect their prize Basset Hound, Bertie – official pedigree name Lord Wilberforce, the 14th of Western Samoa! This follows a threat to his life in the run up to the prestigious Cruft’s dog show. Amazed to find Bertie living in a style that’s fit for a king, Stinky is only too happy to taste his food, on the pretext it could be poisoned.
It soon becomes apparent that the Dudley detectives have made an enemy, someone with an axe to grind from a previous job who leads the pair on a merry chase.
I love Mr. Ainley’s (often ludicrous) sense of humour which is reflected in the names of his characters; these alone are a source of great amusement. To name but a few... Lady Ophelia Babington-Perch, her daughter, Lady Epiphany Beatrice Babington-Perch (try saying that after too much wine!), Snork the chauffeur and not forgetting Pickles, head butler at Babington House.
If you are looking for something to lift your spirits and take you away from the cares of the world, this author’s books are for you. Thank you, Mr. Ainley, for another entertaining read."