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Reviewed by Olga Markova for Readers' Favorite
Quest for The Holey Snail by Rob Johnson is a brilliant fantasy glittering with hilarious humor. Horace Tweed lives with his Staffordshire Bull Terrier Zoot in a flat on Mortuary Street. In response to his advert in Practical Adventuring seeking “gainful employment of an adventurous nature,” Horace gets an offer to find a centuries-extinct snail with hundreds of holes in the shell on a remarkable property of interest to Horace’s employer. As Horace and his co-adventurers, who notably include colander-wearing Zoot, embark in the time machine, DCI Harper Collins, with gluttonous DS Scatterthwaite, are investigating mysterious murders with victims decorated by biblical symbols and snails fitting the description of those sought by Horace. But will Horace and DCI Harper Collins succeed in their quests?
Quest for The Holey Snail was my first meet-and-greet with Rob Johnson’s novels. I found this one remarkable for its generously abundant next-to-none humor. I loved it at least as much as Robert Rankin’s The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse. Johnson’s unique humor kept me initially chuckling until it got me laughing to tears at the hilarious characters and their adventures. And humor apart, the tale has everything a fan of fantasy may wish for; a breathtaking supernatural adventure, page-turning suspense, and an intricate plot. Indeed, it left me feeling like I had never lived before reading it!