Uniquely British and immensely funny
The Haunting of Melmerby Manor
by David Robinson
Crooked Cat Publishing
Horror, Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date: January 16, 2016
The Haunting of Melmerby Manor is a novel that defies categorization. There is a strong humor element to the book, very uniquely British and sometimes a bit rude, which won't appeal to everyone. Robinson has a remarkable way with words and is quite clever in his phrasing. It adds life to his characters who are themselves rather unusual. You have Pete, a former cop turned PI, Kevin, a dealer of dubious merchandise and shady connections, and Lady Concepta Rand-Epping (Scepter) who connects with the supernatural through her ghostly butler, but is rather naive by nature.
Scepter and Kevin are convinced that there is potential to make an income from ghost hunting. Pete is along for the ride, although he believes that ghosts don't exist and Scepter is more than a little off in the head.
Throw in a murdered low level criminal, 25,000 missing pirate DVDs, more than a few shady characters both living and dead, and a pair of skeptical detectives, and you end up with a highly unusual but extremely entertaining novel. The Haunting of Melmerby Manor will not appeal to everyone, but if you like dark humor and bracing British wit, you should enjoy it immensely.
I received a copy of The Haunting of Melmerby Manor from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
The No. 1 Bestseller from the No. 1 Author A haunted manor house and an angry, violent spirit. It’s all in a night’s work for paranormal investigator, Lady Concepta Rand-Epping and her friends, Pete Brennan and Kevin Keeley. But when the nerve-jangling events at Melmerby Manor turn up 25,000 pirate video discs, matters become even more complicated. Then the discs disappear and a body is left in their place. Aided by Sceptre’s ghostly butler, challenged by sceptical police officers, threatened by vicious gangsters and the rampaging ghost, their very lives are on the line as they attempt to uncover the dark secrets behind. THE HAUNTING OF MELMERBY MANOR A supernatural mystery with a serious vein of dark humour.