26 Aug 2020


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A guinea pig with a talent for sniffing out trouble should he get the merest whiff of foul play ...

Yes, folks, amongst several other bloggers (links to whom can be found below in the Tour Schedule)I'm participating in the Blog Blitz of Syl Waters' Who Killed Patrick? featuring the one and only sleuth guinea pig, Mr Bob.

ISBN 978-1916424531

Sun, sea and… murder in Fuerteventura!

Boring. Going nowhere. That was Tarah’s life in the UK, before she moved to Fuerteventura to start a new adventure. But things came unstuck quicker than she’d planned. A dead guest on the holiday complex she manages threatens to pull apart her hoped-for dream life.

If she wants to keep her job and save the reputation of the business, she’s got to find out what happened to Patrick. Did he die of natural causes – or was he murdered?

Tarah’s pet guinea pig, Mr Bob, has a knack for sniffing out trouble and he suspects foul play. The mission is on: Who Killed Patrick?

With the assistance of Mr Bob and Diego, a local plumber, Tarah turns amateur sleuth to find out the truth.

Can Tarah and Mr Bob find the murderer before it’s too late? Will they be able to save the business and protect their blissful new life?

Escape to Fuerteventura with this most unlikely amateur sleuth duo as they investigate their first cozy crime together. 

- Synopsis

'So, did you send that document?'

- First Sentence, Chapter 1: The End And The New Beginning 

Within a flash, Diego's hauled her up like a ragdoll and dragged her inanimate form, disgracefully, and most unladylike into the colourful padded wheelbarrow. She doesn't fit whatsoever. Her head is dangerously crooked, hanging down as though every vertebra in her back has broken. Quickly, I plump the support behind her and try and straighten her head. Her legs dangle at awkward angles from the lip of the barrow. Oh My God, if she could see herself now she'd die of embarrassment.

- Memorable Moment, Page 168/9

MY THOUGHTS ... When one of the guests at Jorge's Place (the holiday apartments managed by the newly arrived Tarah) dies they are saying its natural causes BUT Mr Bob knows something isn't quite right. Could they be mistaken, could it be murder after all and, if so, who killed Patrick?

Well! I think it safe to say that I've never come across a mystery, no, not even a Cozy Mystery, in which one of the sleuths has been a guinea pig,  dog, a cat, yes but a guinea pig? Never and yet here we are ... 

Whilst I applaud the fact that Mr Bob wasn't given a  human voice or traits; his 'communication' remaining pretty much what you'd expect of a guinea pig (IE lots of 'Wheeeeeeeek!'), I was however a bit disappointed that we didn't get to hear as much of him as I'd have liked.

Overall I really enjoyed the writing style, the author writes about the island setting of Fuerteventura with such passion; painting such a vivid picture that I could feel the sun on my back. 

That as well as setting the scene as it were, the latter chapters took an in-depth look at all the possible suspects and just why they might have wanted Patrick dead. Hmm! Preferring to put two and two together (even if I do come up with five) from the information garnered throughout the novel, this wasn't something that necessarily worked for me but it did make for some different and I can see others loving it.

And then there was the humour ...

Oh my goodness! My favourite thing about the book was the humour. That it actually had me laughing out loud at times, well, that doesn't happen often.

A great start to what promises to be fun series, I can see this running and running.

SUMMED UP IN A SENTENCE ... A sun filled location, fun characters; one of them furry and four legged, some laugh out loud moments; what better a distraction?


Genre: Cozy Mystery

Tour Dates: 22nd - 26th August 2020

Publication Date: 22nd August 2020

Standalone Book 1 in the Mr Bob Murder Mystery Series


Most people know crazy cat ladies are a ‘thing’, but I’m a proud crazy guinea pig lady! I love fun in the sun and plenty of cocktails. My happy place is flip flops. I write stories to keep me company - my characters ensure I’m never lonely and always smiling (when I’m not tearing my hair out!)


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With thanks thanks to Rachel (Rachel's Random Resources) for supplying me with a copy of Who Killed Patrick?

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Kelly said...

This sounds odd, but entertaining... and something clever and different for these strange times we're living in.

nightwingsraven said...

I agree with what Kelly said in her
comment. And I like the idea of a
guinea pig as a member of a sleuth duo.
Not to speak of what you said about
the passion with which the author
evokes the island and the humour of the
I will definitely keep this book in

Mary (Bookfan) said...

This sounds like a fun escape. BTW, I usually come up with 5, haha.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

What a fun idea for a detective! I haven't actually read a mystery with a non-human detective/main character. I am happy to hear the humor was done so well.


sherry fundin said...

did you say laughing out loud? i can sure use some of that
sherry @ fundinmental

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews said...

Hi Felicity,

Whilst I could really do with a few LOL moments right now, I'm not sure that a fur covered sleuth is going to do it for me.

I have some kind of inbuilt fear of animals with fur, which is apparently called 'doraphobia'. The animal only has to start coming towards me and I'm off as fast as I can in the opposite direction, which was never good when my nieces were little and insisted I should hold their assorted variety of rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters!!

That's why most of my cozy mysteries tend to be of the human, book or food related kinds.

So if it's all the same to you, I'll give the animal stories a wide berth, but I'm pleased it cheered you up by reading it and now you can also have a chuckle about my comment :)

Yvonne xx

Gina said...

I certainly agree with you...I've never heard of a guinea pig sleuth! Points for creativity!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

Hilarious! This sounds like a fun cozy :)

Nadene @Ttly Addicted 2 Reading said...

An interesting concept. I never heard of a guinea pig sleuth before. I am glad you enjoyed it. Great review.

Sherry Ellis said...

Sounds like a fun read! Guinea pigs are adorable!