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Reviewed by Julia Hopkinson for Readers' Favorite
Sea No Evil is the third in James Mullaney’s Crag Banyon Mystery series that is part hard-boiled detective spoof, part mystery, part fantasy fiction and part out-and-out comedy. Crag Banyon is every kind of seedy, liquor-stained, own-ass-covering excuse for a P.I. you could imagine and his latest adventure sees him kept away from lounging on his usual bar stool by a pretty fishy mystery! The ocean is in chaos, fish are scarce, and sea monsters are eating Oscar-winning film directors. God of the sea, Poseidon, is the apparent victim of a vendetta and his trident has been stolen, resulting in aquatic anarchy wrought on the city courtesy of a parka-and-grass-skirt-wearing harbinger of doom. Crag is determined not to take Poseidon’s case, but with the parka starting to make things personal, can he afford not to?!
Sea No Evil is a brilliantly written, highly original, and completely indefinable book! It has smart, snappy dialogue, a very witty turn of phrase, hilarious descriptions and marvellous characters. There is a joke almost every other line and, for a time, the story almost becomes secondary to the witty gags flying about and I found myself having to go back every now and again to make sure I hadn't missed anything. The set up and story both put a very original spin on the detective genre, with enough familiarity evident to be appealing to lovers of hard-boiled and P.I. fiction. I can fully recommend this book to anyone with a love of humour and a fully-functioning sense of the ridiculous.