Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King's Daughter

Fiction - Mystery - General
211 Pages
Reviewed on 05/14/2011
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Reviewed by Author Anna del C. Dye for Readers' Favorite

This totally mysterious book with a twisted plot is a page-turner. I enjoyed the plot and the twisted way that the author keeps you guessing to the end.

The story is that of two siblings who are amateur detectives. One, the man Blotto, is a touch slow and the girl Twinks is very intelligent. They live in a castle with their mother, a very proper and opinionated woman. Their lineage and what their ancestors think of them is at the forefront of their daily lives.

In the middle of an important meal with a very important guest, Blotto trips over a body in the library of the castle. He knows that this is most inconvenient for the honor of the family and keeps quiet. When he doesn’t know what to do, he finds his sister, Twinks, and tells her the situation. Twinks sends him to call the police while she take pictures of the crime scene. Both know that the local police force is not much help, so they take over the investigation and tell no one.

This take on the police is quite funny after you figure that it is their mother's whims that prevent the police from doing their duty. She asks the police to make their investigation without disturbing the rest of the guests and to remove the body from the castle without letting the guests find out. When the police insist on proceeding with the investigation and talking to the guests, the hostess makes some calls to very important people that owe her some favors. Soon the police report that the unknown man had died from natural causes and is buried in an unmarked tomb. All this happens while Twinks, with the help of Blotto, continues her investigation.

The book is very funny in many places, especially when Blotto, as the main character of a scene, is trying to figure what others are talking about. His personality is well developed and provides easy laughs. The plot is well written with well-developed characters. The only flaw I found was that the use of English slang was too heavy and tends to slow the story down. Otherwise the books is quite good. I recommend it to ages from late teens to adults.