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An Explosive Time (Celtic Cousins Adventure Book 3) by Julia Hughes
Genre: Young Adult / Adventure
Synopsis: When a circus elephant goes missing on Detective Inspector Crombie’s watch, he immediately thinks of Celtic Cousins Wren and Rhyllann, who have to his mind made a career out of being the collective bane of his existence. And his instincts are correct: the cousins HAVE been up to something–but when Crombie finds out what it is and why, he runs into resistance not only from his immediate superiors, but also from the corridors of power in Whitehall itself. Described by one reviewer as a “Masterful British Thriller” this is the third and shortest of the Celtic Cousins Adventures, and contains adult humour and some strong language. Especially when an unsuspecting Rhyllann discovers what’s lurking in his bathroom! An Explosive Time starts with a fatal explosion; the action comes thick and fast, and Crombie will need all his wits about him to prevent his world – and London town – going supernova.
We are plunged into excitement and mystery from the very onset as we read of an amazing night time explosion with a body burned almost beyond recognition.
This is the third adventure story of Wren and Rhyllann, the “Celtic Cousins”, by Julia Hughes. DI Crombie, the long suffering policeman, is determined to get to the bottom of the bizarre events which unfold, involving a missing eight ton African elephant, a stolen alligator and a host of unpleasant villains. I particularly liked the fact that Crombie, as the father of four daughters, was very difficult to fool, even when sinister criminals tried!
Vivid descriptions and fast paced dialogue introduce a host of characters; Charlie Bozen (Sorry Charlie!) who goes commando under his grease stained jeans, WPC Holland, often close to tears and out of her depth in the force, long legged circus girls wearing feathers and not much else and an enormous alligator with a taste for fish and chips, to name but a few.
As the breathless adventure rattles towards a violent climax, the sub plot of an unexpected love story pursues a gentler but no less satisfying path.
This is very well written, extremely entertaining and a jolly good read! Highly recommended!
Star rating: 5 stars.
Thank you, Jenny.
Jenny Worstall is a musician, teacher and writer, and lives in London with her family.
She enjoys playing the piano and gossiping with her friends (which she calls research for her writing). Her website is http://www.jennyworstall.webspace.virginmedia.com and Jenny has written and published two novels (‘Sing with the Choir’ series):
- Book 1 ‘Make a Joyful Noise’ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Make-Joyful-Noise-musical-romantic-ebook/dp/B007AZ2CNQ
- Book 2 ‘The Funny Business of Life’ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Funny-Business-Life-Mozart-Messiah-ebook/dp/B00OQT8OR2 (which I shall be reviewing in May!)
She has also published five collections of short stories (‘Quick coffee break reads’); these are very fast reads and are on sale for 77p each (except ‘Lemon and Lace’ which is permanently free):
- Book 1 ‘Lemon and Lace’ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lemon-Lace-Short-Stories-coffee-ebook/dp/B007RV7FSA
- Book 2 ‘Infant Barbarian’ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Infant-Barbarian-Short-Stories-coffee-ebook/dp/B0086HZPD6
- Book 3 ‘Jubilee Violin’ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jubilee-Violin-Short-Stories-coffee-ebook/dp/B0088VHLPK
- Book 4 ‘Peacock and Dragon’ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Peacock-Dragon-Short-Stories-coffee-ebook/dp/B00E5LXA8Y
- Book 5 ‘Miss Peach’s Dream’ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Miss-Peachs-Dream-Stories-coffee-ebook/dp/B00QE9YDO0
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