Clarry can’t quite seem to get the hang of being an adult, but she thinks she’s found her vocation. The Love Detective is in business!
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Clarry Penhaligon hasn’t quite got the hang of being an adult. She’s doing a bit of waitressing, and living pay cheque to pay cheque. The only bit of stability in her life is the cottage left to her in her grandmother’s will.
But she is a good friend, and she listens whenever her friend Laura come around with tales of another disastrous relationship. Which happens a lot!
So when Laura offers to pay Clarry to do a bit of snooping into her latest flame’s background, she reluctantly agrees. Maybe this is her true vocation?
Angela Dyson’s debut novel is also the first novel featuring Clarry Penhaligon, aka The Love Detective.
The Love Detective is a cross-over novel, mixing rom-com style lightness with a gritty detective story. Clarry throws herself into her new role with gusto, and I really enjoyed the progression of her venture from its clumsy beginning to the eventual conclusion of the novel.
But the Love Detective doesn’t work totally alone. Clarry calls on two able assistants: her grandmother’s friend Flan, and Flan’s suitor Mr Huxton. They are in their 70s, but both of them have more courage and spark than most people half their age. I really liked these two characters, and love the added dimension they brought to the story.
The Love Detective may be fast-paced and funny, but don’t be fooled into thinking that this is a frothy chick-lit novel. Clarry’s investigation soon develops from checking out a mate’s boyfriend to something a lot more serious. And along the way, this book gets very dark indeed.
Along the way Clarry also encounters a range of unpleasant characters, each worse than the last. Angela Dyson very cleverly makes them unlikable, without tipping over into pantomime villain territory.
I really enjoyed reading this novel, and at the back of the book there’s also a sneak preview of the next Clarry Penhaligon novel, Next Level. This is due for publication in 2019, and I’m looking forward to reading it!
The first in a hilarious new series featuring a regular girl set down a path strewn with misadventures and murder to her destiny as `The Love Detective’.
Clarry is 26, attractive, funny – and on the road to nowhere. Living a makeshift existence as a waitress, she knows life should be led with some sort of plan, but unfortunately planning is something she needs to get around to.
Enter her best friend Laura with a seemingly simple request: check out Simon, estate agent and new boyfriend, to make sure he really is interested in Laura and not the solicitor help she can provide. Clarry is no detective, unless you count tracking down where her next tip is coming from. Still, what harm could a little amateur sleuthing do?
With the aid of Flan, a glamorous septuagenarian, Flan’s lover, and a cast of colourful characters from the restaurant she works at, Clarry plunges into the investigation with a few pitfalls, pratfalls and a dodgy moment where she’s mistaken as a pole dancer (and not in a good way).
Her misadventures and comical outlook mesh brilliantly with a thrilling story that will appeal to readers of romance, crime and chick lit. Set to be the first in an entertaining new series, you don’t need to follow the clues to know The Love Detective is one book you don’t want to miss out on!
A dark and gritty detective novel with the light touch of a rom-com: 7.5/10