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Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King's Daughter, by Simon Brett

January 13, 2014

Felony of the Week: Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King’s Daughter

If steamy August offers the “dog days” of Summer, what are Winter’s icy equivalents? No matter: It’s gray and chilly, and we could use a nice warm chuckle. Simon Brett to the rescue! You may know and love his “Charles Paris” series, but if you have yet to discover his latest, the Blotto and Twinks series, do we have a treat for you. We’re about to go to press on the fourth title in that series (Blotto, Twinks and the Bootlegger’s Moll, set mostly in Chicago during the Prohibition, which is a hoot and a half and has already started getting some nice mentions). This parodic series does not necessarily have to be read in order, but the first book is a very good place to start, and this week you have a chance to make the acquaintance of the very noble, very handsome, very stupid Blotto and his brilliant sister, Twinks, by way of a discount on Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King’s Daughter. How good is the first in this giggle-icious series? Booklist compared it to Broadway’s “Spiderman” … “if the tricks had worked,” and called it “absolutely bullet-riddled with Wodehouseian wit.”

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