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Inspector Hobbes and the Blood

Unhuman, Book 1
Written by: Wilkie Martin
Narrated by: Tim Campbell
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
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Set in a small Cotswold town, Inspector Hobbes and the Blood is a fast-paced comedy cozy mystery fantasy about the adventures of Andy, an incompetent reporter, when he is reluctantly working with Inspector Hobbes, a police detective with a reputation. Andy soon finds himself immersed in a world where not everyone is human, and a late-night visit to a churchyard nearly results in grave consequences, and a ghoulish outcome. An accidental fire leads to Andy having to doss in Hobbes's spare room.

Contending with a wave of murder, suicide, and robbery, as well as Hobbes's weirdness, is the just the start; he must also get to grips with Mrs. Goodfellow, Hobbes's housekeeper, who collects teeth. Although they are mostly from humans, she also claims to have some vampire specimens. However, Andy soon finds her wonderful cooking compensates for her eccentricities. Despite Andy believing he is coping, he is nearly unhinged by horror when a stressed Hobbes's concealed nature reveals itself in an orgy of bone-crunching. Yet, coming through unscathed, Andy develops respect and admiration for his host, even when he uses weird, occasionally brutal, methods to begin unravelling the mystery, which would appear to link The Order of the Dragon and Vlad Tepes, the original Dracula, to the crime wave.

When Hobbes goes missing, Andy, with the dubious assistance of Dregs, Hobbes's big, bad dog, and armed with a leg of lamb, searches for him. Will he triumph over crazed blood lust and human sacrifice?

Can Andy with Hobbes's friends, a binge-drinking dwarf and a troll who looks uncannily human, save the day? And can Andy catch vampirism from false teeth?

These and other questions may be answered in Inspector Hobbes and the Blood.

©2013 The Witcherley Book Company (P)2017 The Witcherley Book Company

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Listened to this book multiple times

Inspector Hobbs and the blood was a good easy listen. The story line was interesting and Andy is bumbling enough to be likeable and comes to realize most of his problems in life are self inflicted. Inspector Hobbs takes Andy under his wing and is the positive influence Andy needed.
Have listened to this story multiple times, the narrator does and excellent job with character voices.
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  • Ravin
  • 2018-01-20

A more realistic and mundane supernatural story

At first I was really thrown for a loop with the first chapter and wasn't sure I was going to continue, but I'm all the happier that I did now that I finished it.


First I thought I was listening to a Victorian novel and didn't realize that it was modern-day till they mentioned cars. as an American who has spent most of his life reading books by European authors I have to admit that to me this is the most English novel I've ever listened to and I love it for that because it enthralled me in ways I didn't think a book could.

The one the thing I find most compelling about this novel is that the other took time to show that the non-human characters where just like everyone else and there non human nature can be covered up as little foibles and eccentricities that you see in people around you everyday. I have never seen it done so well most authors will have their characters put on normalcy like a paper mask that disappears so quickly that you wonder why the author even bothered. while in this one by the end of the novel you wonder except for a few notable exceptions if all these events are actually just mundane and you're making them out to be much more than they are.
the only things I disliked in this novel was that it took too long for the main character to get over the scaredy-cat poor me stage end the authors inconsistency with the main character's priorities.

overall I give it a Solid 4 out of 5 stars.

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  • Mary Altman
  • 2018-05-22

Unlikable main character, good supporting cast

it is an engrossing listen. well plotted with cliffhangers and drawing questions throughout. but in the end the main character's unlikability nearly ruined the book for me.

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  • Elizabeth Plemmons
  • 2018-05-29

Nope

There are some good things about this book, but the author goes for the low-hanging fruit when crafting just about everything. Mind-numbing banal. I couldn’t finish it.

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  • AudioBook Reviewer
  • 2017-12-05

Wilkie Martin writes a clever crime mystery

Andy Caplet is a struggling reporter who is socially awkward and easily frightened.  Only because the normal reporter for the crime beat was injured by being thrown from a speeding car (implied that he had been gambling or a mafia encounter …) Andy is given the assignment to work with Inspector Hobbes.  From that moment onward, Andy is caught in a whirlwind of mystery and intrigue.  Of course, it does not help that Andy’s imagination runs away with him – he’s seeing trolls, ghouls, witches, and vampires at every turn. Then again, considering he finds himself in a freshly dug grave conversing with two ghouls and the inspector enjoys raw meat and bones, and then there is the housekeeper that collects teeth …  perhaps his imagination is NOT running wild… and it seems that perhaps Inspector Hobbes has a secret of some sort.

They have to work together to solve the mysteries and unusual circumstances surrounding the robberies and a murder that are occurring throughout the town.

Wilkie Martin writes a clever crime mystery with comedy and a good deal of fantasy mixed in.  One cannot help but laugh out loud at some of the antics Andy finds himself in!  This is the perfect pair of crime solvers and partners in law!  One cannot help but be charmed by the story and the characters.

Martin develops his characters fully, with a depth that enables the listeners to connect with them.  Martin is also vivid in his descriptions placing the listener into the book.

Tim Campbell, the narrator, was equally awesome in his talented reading.  Campbell became immersed in the book to the point that it was difficult to tell where he left off and the characters began.  His ability to give the appropriate voice and personality to the characters was spot on; I loved hearing how his voice would become squeaky whenever Andy found himself in hot water and how confident Hobbes sounded.

If you enjoy mystery and some fantasy characters, then this is the book for you.

I encountered no audio issues and the production of this audiobook was smooth.

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  • Sadcelticlady
  • 2017-11-18

Very entertaining read

One of the most entertaining and enjoyable books I have read this year! Kept me up till dawn finishing it. Amusing & interesting storyline .i shall look forward to the rest of the series and adventures of inspector Hobbs and company . I highly recommend the read I assure of s fun read ! Lovely narration .thank you so much!

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  • Diana
  • 2017-12-29

Returning - 1.5 hrs in and haven't laughed once

This book is listed under Fiction - Humor. Which sets up an expectation of some LOL moments. I downloaded this book and then left the house with my iPod on. I gave the book an hour and a half to give it a chance, but the humor falls flat. Is it the writing or the narration? I can't tell. I did wonder what someone like Luke Daniels would do with the same sentences, but am not certain if there would be any laughter.

The description makes the book seem something like the Peter Grant series, which does at least bring out some smiles and chuckles. But since this book is listed under Humor, it should at least do the same. But, it doesn't.

The writing could be better - needs more descriptions, sensory descriptions, something interesting in the plot . . . and more. The obvious attempts at humor that didn't make me laugh just made it worse.

For laughter-inducing audio books, try the Cabin Pressure series or some books by Patrick McManus that are narrated by Norman Dietz.

How bad was this? I gave up, so switched the iPod to The Power of One, which is not a humor book. But the writing is so good, describing the human condition, that even amongst the drama of that book the writer got me to laugh at points. And, The Power of One is not listed under Humor.

Now that I am home, I am returning this book. I see it has some good reviews, so maybe it just isn't for me.

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  • Kevin
  • 2018-05-05

May get better but I lost the will to care.

I am about 2 hours into the set up but no story yet and it just keeps getting less interesting. Maybe it has a strong finish.

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  • S. Moreton
  • 2018-05-05

Annoyingly incompetent sidekick

Andy is a putz. He's a loser. You know he's going to come good in the end but getting there was pretty much more than I could take. Sorry, but reading (hearing) about useless whining characters with no redeeming qualities for the entire book is NOT entertaining. Inspector Hobbes is good, the other characters are good but Andy is terrible.
I can't bear to listen to another one, and guys, save yourselves the torment buy something else.

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  • Phil Osepher
  • 2018-01-29

A bit odd but very enjoyable.

Unlike any other book I have listened to. A very fun listen with a great narrator. I look forward to listening to the next book.

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  • Brina
  • 2018-07-08

Writing this Review to Save You A Credit

The only reason I didn’t return this book was so that I could write this review to warn others and save other readers a credit.

I just absolutely couldn’t stomach Andy Caplet, the main character. He is the least liked main character I’ve ever encountered. Cowardice can sometimes be comic relief, but this character is such a simpering wimp it was disgusting. This is a problem since he is in more than 3/4 of the book. Seriously, he is the most spineless, teeth chattering, knee knocking, jumping at shadows, nearly pants wetting, self pitying, incompetent, unabashed, COWARD I’ve ever met. I got tired of him cringing, and whining, and being afraid of the most subtle things. I got tired of him whining about things were so unfair to him. Just ugh.

Why did I keep listening? (1) Inspector Hobbes. He was interesting enough to keep me reading. I REALLY want to find out more about him, but I can’t stomach any more of Andy’s simpering cowardice to continue. (2) Mrs. Goodfellow. She is another curiosity i want to more about, but again I can’t stomach any more of Andy to continue. (3) I kept hoping that Andy would develop into someone better. He did show *some* signs of having an *actual* spine near the end, but not enough to give me any desire to continue with the series. Even when so called saving the day, he was still afraid. Of. Every. Bloody. Thing.

I want to learn more about “unhumans”, but I can’t stomach any more of Andy. I just can’t. If they removed him from the story, someone let me know. Maybe they could just scare him to death.

If you really want to read about a detective who deals with the paranormal and magical community I absolutely BEG you to read the Rivers of London (Peter Grant series) by Ben Aaronovich. The plot, description of magic, humor, and narration are all AMAZING.

I have no idea how people are finding this book enjoyable. There were times that i did laugh, but they were not enough to make up for the pathetic main character. The narrator is talented, but it can’t save this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful