Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Affair of the Wooden Boy – Ian Doyle

© 2011 [eBook by Mel Odom] New Pulp Press

Occasionally, as an amateur reviewer who posts his opinions in the blogosphere, I get the chance to cybermeet new authors and even read their stuff. Such is the case with this short eNovel. I was fortunate enough to get one of a few review copies in my email inbox. One of the pleasant things about such situations is that I get to sample new authors and even different genres than I normally read.

James Stark is also known as Lord Gallatin and offers his services to the local constabulary when they are unable to solve mysteries in their line of duty. At times he works privately when clients are not inclined to involve the police. His wife, Mina, narrates the tale and is heavily involved in helping her husband solve the mysteries.

It took me a couple of chapters to realize that this was more than a historical story set in England, more than another Holmesian journey into investigative techniques. As the story developed I found glimpses of Gothic and Historical Romance coupled with Sleuthing and magic. In this particular tale, Simon (a little wooden boy) shows up on the Stark doorstep. We discover that he has been bewitched, and the only thing that saved him is the love of his little wooden puppet (who now held his life-force while some enemy was in his body).

I found that this genre is not my cup of tea, but suspect if one likes gothic-style fantasy, and puzzle stories you will enjoy this outing with the Starks, and you will also enjoy the fact that Mina is more than just a trophy wife. Another thing you’ll like is the more affordable price that accompanies electronic books and stories. As always click on the cover art to order the book. Three and one-half reading glasses.

—Benjamin Potter, February 5, 2011

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