I’ve called you here to name the mystery.

Blotto, Twinks, and the Ex-King’s Daughter
By: Simon Brett
Felony and Mayhem Press 2011
A fictional mystery review

The fine tradition of committing crimes in style while residing in a grand British manor continues in Simon Brett’s Blotto, Twinks, and the Ex-King’s Daughter. When playing host to an exiled king and his entourage, the aristocratic family of Tawcester Towers become embroiled in foreign politics, and of course, murder. Both are highly inconvenient, but with his brilliant sister Twinks at his side, Blotto is good-natured enough to investigate. Through kidnappings, traitors, and a lack of cricket playing, the aristocratic siblings work their way through the twists and dangers of the plot.

The plot of Blotto, Twinks, and the Ex-King’s Daughter adheres severely to the tropes and necessary attributes of a British manor house mystery: dull policemen, significant details, and elaborate unveiling of perpetrators. Brett cheerfully exploits them, with tongue firmly in cheek. The comedic tone is amplified by overly romantic declarations, foreign word substitution, and a writing style reminiscent of Wodehouse.

While some might consider the mystery to be predictable, the humor of situation and tone makes up for it. Blotto, Twinks, and the Ex-King’s Daughter might not exercise the “little grey cells” the way an Agatha Christie novel does, but it’s a fairly quick read that does hit the funny bone, the wits, and the British manor house comfort zone.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. wheresmytower
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 21:17:28

    Just ask Jeeves.


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